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Questions tagged [meaning]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. If the question is about the meaning of a word that can't be understood outside its phrase or sentence, the "meaning-in-context" tag should be also used; for the meaning of a phrase, use the "phrase-meaning" tag instead.

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“Well said” synonym

I was wondering, if instead of "well said" I can say "I love how you put it into words" or "I love the way you said it"? I get the feeling that "put into words" is mostly used as an expression of ...
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What does “bone on bone” mean?

Here it is: Power cleans are not like squats or deadlifts, movements that can be ground out to a bone-on-bone finish through perseverance and hard work.
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Weird Flex But Ok

What does "Weird Flex But Ok" mean? I looked up on the Internet but I couldn't get any more!
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What does “per protocol” mean in this context?

It's a quote from the TV drama Manifest. Here are the lines: -Per protocol, climbing to penetration altitude. -Per protocol, adjusting flight path to storm center. The drama is about a bunch of ...
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Forge: Make or Fake

When used as a verb, Make means produce something. Fake has a similar, but negative, meaning as counterfeit something. In addition, Forge can mean either, depending on the context. My question is ...
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What does “go down on the price” mean?

See this conversation: B: This t.v is $2500. A: You can't be serious. B: That's how much this t.v costs. A: That's too expensive for me. B: This television is of very high ...
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The meaning of “to make it on their own so young”

What is the meaning of the bolded expression in the following sentences? Professor: Now when they emerge in the spring from hibernation, the mating process begins. For them, well, they come ...
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What are the differences between “a plate of gold” & “a plate in gold”?

Ok, in cambridge dictionary of: preposition (MADE OF): made or consisting of; having: dresses of lace and silk plates of gold and silver a land of ice and snow a woman of great ...
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What does 'reality base' mean?

What does 'reality base' mean? Can it be replaced by just 'reality'? The more meaning we can construct from transactions with the environment, the broader our reality base. Article - 'Meaning ...
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What does the preposition “in” in “I’m looking for a sweater in a size medium” mean?

We can say: The dress is a size 12. The dress is in a size 12. The dress comes in a size 12. We have this dress in a size 12. My question is: What does the preposition "in" in "I’m ...
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How to interpret “and” and “over”

Include title cards and additional graphics over cards and picture It's about video production. Does it mean: Include (title cards) and (additional graphics over cards and picture). Or Include (...
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Meaning of union in this sentence

Billy Hunter, the union’s longtime director, was ousted when a widely publicized independent audit discovered evidence of mismanagement, abuse of funds and conflicts of interest. Source: New York ...
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Meaning of “virtually” in the following sentence?

The list of things I believe,though I have no evidence for the truth of them, is, if not infinite, virtually endless. I found two main relevant senses: virtually: 1 : almost entirely : NEARLY ...
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Evaluate meaning in Math [on hold]

In Hebrew I don't know the translation of evaluate: What is correct (and why?): (1) evaluate equation (2) evaluate expression (3) evaluate formula Can you give more example when we use the verb ...
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Does the article change the meaning of the expression “Student with [a?] physics background”?

I have heard natives say both student with physics background and student with a physics background so I assume both expressions are grammatical. Is there any difference in meaning?
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What does “stretch up” mean?

Here is the context: If you have to stretch up to get the belt’s prong in that last hole, you will be less able to exert pressure with your own abdominal musculature, since it must be contracted to ...
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What does “Twist someone's arm” mean? [on hold]

It means kinds of persuade or force somebody to do something ? Could somebody explain this? Thank you!
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What is the meaning of “guide” in “if the number of demands for implementing reforms is any guide”?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was: If the number of demands for implementing reforms is any guide, India's reservation system is clearly in disarray. How do both parts of sentence relate ...
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Usage of Would in Politer Way

Now I'm writing my review of a product, and I'm not sure if I use would, it sounds politer. I've just used the speaker, but I wouldn't say it's the best. If I use “would” here like the above, ...
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Verb Endings. When to add 's' to a verb

Why in this word the ending s is not used? This sentence is from J.Cole's song January 28th. Cole is the hypnotist, control the game whenever he snap(s) That's every track
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“make it two weeks” meaning

A: So, when is the next meeting? B: I was hoping next week, but we can make it two weeks if that's better for everybody. This is from my meeting. Could you let me know what "we can make it ...
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Meaning of 'Life worth'

There is a book named What is life worth written by Kenneth Feinberg. Is this a gramatically phrase? Or it must be what is life's worth?
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Set the watch by us

I have heard in an audio book: We go there so often that the chefs and waiters began to set their watches by us. I am not sure If I write it well. I could not find the expression "set the watch ...
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', and' to separate up to 3 adjectives and 1 verb in the case of one sentence

I'm just wondering how to separate 'to be + adjective(s)' and 1 verb without making a sentence confusing. I try to avoid confusion by adding a comma before 'and' (', and'). However, I'm not sure if ...
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Meaning of “start the fire”

I learned a new word from magazine, "dedicate", and shown me an example. Much of their time will be dedicated to finding the one who started the fire. what is this sentence meaning? and "started ...
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What is the meaning of “opportunistic order”?

Then we also had some attrition, where some business that was maybe an opportunistic order last year didn’t repeat itself, and that occurred in XXX a year over a year. (Note: XXX is a name of a ...
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meaning of “in cases of this kind”

Considering the example In cases of this kind the State is bound to protect the rights of all who are within its dominion, which is the exact meaning of "in cases of this kind" 1) in all cases of ...
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What is the meaning of “how” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "how" in the following sentence, ( Source:SMALL BAD WOLF written by SEAN TAYLOR illustrated by JAN LEWIS ) "He's going to grow up bad to the bone, just like his father!" "He ...
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What is the meaning of to be acted out? [closed]

What is the meaning of "to be acted out" in the following sentences? As a result, it may abandon or modify some rites. But the myths that have grown up around the rites may continue as part of ...
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What is the grammatical role of emerging out?

What are the grammatical role and the meaning of "emerging out" in the following sentence? The most widely accepted theory, championed by anthropologists in the late nineteenth and early ...
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Does every present perfect sentence have some kind of connection between what happened in the past and the present time?

We use the present perfect tense to address something that happened in the past, but we don't specify precisely when it happened. We also use present perfect to suggest some kind of connection between ...
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2 Relative Clauses at once in a sentence

I want to ask about using Double Relative Clause in one sentence. To go straight to the question, I will show the sentence right away: 'Patients have to treated by people who have qualified ...
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What does “ won't have…!” mean?

What is the meaning of "won't have" in the following sentence (Source:When Randolph turned rotten by Charise Mericle Harper), Randolph was very pleased with what he had done. IVY won't have any ...
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What are the meaning and the grammatical role of the cementing?

What are the meaning and the grammatical role of the cementing? Consolidated (or cemented) sediments, too, contain millions of minute water-holding pores. This is because the gaps among the ...
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Meaning of 'of other'

I came across a paragraph in which, I'm not sure about the usage of 'other.' It was obvious that there was a vast unknown region all around us, and science, with its magnificent achievements, knew ...
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Can I use “timeless” to describe the state of time of God / Nirvana / the feeling of being outside of time [closed]

So I asked, "When will it be my time?" They said: "Boy, don't even look at the clock 'Cause you're gonna be timeless" I know in these verses of Timeless, Jon Bellion when talking to ...
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What does “for” mean in “want a clown for a dad”?

I’m watching Modern Family, and it’s the conversation of Cam and Mitchell Mitchell: We need somebody to pump some life back into this party. Cam: I got this. I'll go in and turn on some ...
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What does “I made him a cake” mean?

Is it correct sentence below? And what does it mean? Also, how is it working grammatically? I made him a cake. I made a cake for him. I baked a cake using him. (Sounds so horrible!) To me, 1 is ...
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What is best word to substitute “lonely wisdom” in this passage?

Hesse’s grandfather Hermann Gundert (1814-1893) had been a Protestant missionary in India, where he also became an accomplished linguist in Dravidian languages. With a sceptical, questing attitude to ...
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“the Book, the Qur'an, is without a doubt revealed from Allah.” What is the meaning of this sentence?

The Book, the Qur'an, is without a doubt revealed from Allah. It can be understood in two ways: There's no doubt that Quran is from Allah. Quran doesn't contain any doubt and is revealed from Allah. ...
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How to parse “foreign policy moves from the U.N.” in this sentence?

I am having difficulty parsing this sentence With cable news chyrons flashing breathless updates about both Beltway dramas, news of Trump's foreign policy moves from the U.N., led by a new trade ...
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I suggest you join with me

Is it right, why 'with'? I suggest you join with me.
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What does “send her/his fleeing for” mean?

I've come across with the sentence below: Hitler's dream of empire had yet to crumble and send her fleeing for the shadows . I searched in online dictionaries but I didn't find any explanation ...
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Why 'sacrificing' and what is 'everything' here?

Why 'sacrificing' and what is 'everything' here? “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” says a NIKE advertisement released in September. The ad made waves because of ...
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What does 'left off at' mean here?

What does 'left off at' mean here in 2 different sentences? Is it to mean just 'finish'? At the Academy Awards show, also known as the Oscars, talk of the #MeToo movement continued where it left ...
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What words best fit as substitution for “viable” and “sustain” in this context?

Hesse’s determination to distance himself from the world can be partly explained by his family background. He was born in 1877 in the Black Forest town of Calw into a Pietist family. A dissident ...
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The difference between “risk” and “threat”

Constant threat of attack makes everyday life dangerous here. In certain regions of the world, there is a constant risk of hydrocarbon pollution. Both risk and threat mean the possibility of ...
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Ask about “as ~ as”

which one is correct and used by most people? " There are few things quite as sweet as revenge. " " there's no as sweet thing as revenge"
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What does “sagged” mean in this sentence?

What does sagged mean when we talk about someone who committed suicide by putting rod across two doors? "The rod was flat on one side, and both doors sagged, dragging and then resting upon the ...
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What is the meaning of 'top my prop'?

I am reading the book Aloft by ChangeRae Lee and it contains the sentence: She could easily float my boat, top my prop,crank up the generators. I found the meaning of 'float my boat', but not the ...