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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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What do ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Slide In’ mean?

These are famous lines from a song called Slide Away by Oasis ‘Slide away and give it all you've got’ ‘Slide in baby together we’ll fly’ and I have no clue what they mean. I'm always confused when ...
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What does “see himself off” mean?

The definition of see someone off is the following: to accompany one to the point of departure for a trip and say good-bye upon departure. However, that begs the question what does "see himself ...
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Meaning of the Lord God

I was doing an exercise in grammar where I had to fill in the correct form of the verb hide in a sentence Adam and his wife __________ themselves from the presence of the Lord God. Correct form ...
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what does back-to-back mean?

i am learning this course, which says By the end of this exercise, you'll be writing two queries back-to-back in a single script. You got this! at the end of this exercise, I got following 2 ...
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Does “save as” mean “unless”?

The cookies will not be used to determine your identity, save as expressly stated otherwise herein. Does "save as" mean "unless" in this context?
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What does “with effectiveness for the future” mean?

(...) you shall have the right to withdraw your consent for the data processing, with effectiveness for the future (...) (https://productdata.vwgroup.com/data-protection.html) What does Does it ...
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What does “outweighed by” mean?

We are allowed to use your personal information where it is in our interests to do so, and those interests aren't outweighed by any potential prejudice to you. (https://beam.org/privacy) To ...
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I would think ( that ) … vs I think …?

What NAm/BrE native speakers exactly mean when they say or reply with " i would think ( that ) ... " ? I mean if it's used in only one possible correct way and therefore doesn't need any further or ...
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What's the meaning of “to ask the indulgence of someone”?

In the book 'the little prince' by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, I found the expression 'I ask the indulgence of the children'. What's the meaning of that? I'm not sure if it means 'I ask the children ...
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What is the meaning of “on” in the following sentence,

What is the meaning of "on" in the following sentence, Einstein arrived one day at Brussels on a visit to the Belgian Queen. ? Does it mean "Einstein arrived one day at Brussels for the ...
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Is there the difference between 'jump you' and 'jump at you'?

Is there the difference between jump you and jump at you? I am asking since I see the same translation of them from the context. She looked at him, scowling with an anxiety she did not like to ...
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is being offered

My question is a part of an offical form that I’m trying to fill out. It goes: I further certify that the principal alien is being offered the following position: DOS Notification Date: What does ...
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What does “organize the deliveries to something” mean?

Only asking female workers to order food, while only asking male workers to organize the deliveries to set could be seen as discrimination. "set" means a place to shoot a film. What does "...
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What does 'performance' mean in the passage?

What does 'performance' in the passage exactly mean? I assume it is not used as its general meaning. "The analogies between science and art are very good as long as you are talking about the ...
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Can the word crowd refer to just 10 people?

Can the word crowd refer to just 10 people? I am seriously wondering what "a large number of person" mean exactly? Is 10 large enough, is 100 large enough? How many people do you need to have a crowd?...
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What does “Implies each other” mean?

What does "Implies each other" or "Implying each other" mean? The context is from: "My body and I are not, therefore, mutually exclusive; rather, each implies the other."
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which one is professional In-depth understanding or complete understanding?

to describe someone is good at a specific scientific or technical domain, we could say he(or she) has In-depth understanding or complete understanding. the question is, which one is to imply that he(...
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Here in the context below I use past and future tense together in one sentence. Is it wrong?

Do watch this movie. It won't leave you disappointed and the closure of this film truly lived up to the expectation.
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is “learn about company” a appropriate way to imply the meaning of “get info”?

in the job interview, i would like to get some info about the company, such as, how many people in the department that i would join. I could ask the interviewer like this "how many people in your ...
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He is the first man to arrive here

He is the first man to arrive here. I'm confused what this sentence means. I think it could mean either of the options below according to context, like He is the first man who is going to arrive ...
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Why you say 'ran **at** the column' but 'flung herself **against** the transparent door'

Why you say 'ran at the column' or 'flung herself against the transparent door' or go/come to somewere? Why everywere prepositions serve as an indication of direction but the prepositions are ...
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Using comma before participles

As far as I know, when two action happen at the same time, I can combine these two sentence into one sentence by using participle form for the one of the actions. The thing what I am trying to ask ...
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break up or break down?

I am learning from the MIT course Introduction to Algorithms. The professor says: And what you've done is break this matrix up into half the size. in the context of what the professor is talking ...
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What does the word “popping” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a match-three game: In all levels, you've got tasks to complete – such as popping a certain number of blue dots. I am not sure about the meaning of the word popping here. ...
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“Few” after possessive adjectives: “He sold his few books”

When you say: He sold his few books. Does it mean he sold a few books or he sold few books? If it means few books, should I say: He sold his some books. to mean he actually had some books?
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What's the meaning of called in “called X a slur”?

Looked at the definitions of called, but there are a lot of them. The one that seemed to make the most sense was the following definition: To designate; label: Nobody calls me a liar. For ...
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“during which time” Vs “during which”

Jackson said the blackout lasted several minutes, during which time he felt no pain, even though he had fallen and hurt himself very badly. Jackson said the blackout lasted several minutes, ...
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Question about a confusing sentence structure

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby ...
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What's the meaning of “ turning the water back on me”

It's a quote from the HBO drama Gentleman Jack The speaker came up with the idea below after inspecting her coal pit. -So there I am, knee-deep in water, and it struck me that I ought to add ...
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Difference between Custom and Convention

What is the difference between Custom and Convention. For example: It is a custom in India to give money as a blessing on marriages. It is conventional in many societies that strangers ...
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What does “to have something built” mean?

This case is waiting to have pages built It's a UI sentence, and what does "to have pages built"? Does it mean that "this case is waiting for the pages to be built"?
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What's the meaning of “He's trade through and through”

Here are the quotes from HBO's drama Gentleman Jack : A-He makes carpets, John Abbott. B-Wool, yes, probably. A-Either way, he's trade through and through. You're going to have to put the ...
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“coming out of the head”

A character in the movie The Kingdom says: They celebrated her graduation at the IHOP until some townie called Janet something. I don't know, something not very nice. So the townie didn't see Fran ...
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Which one follow a normal distribution?

I am learning this course. The professor is saying: While doing this, he developed the concepts of correlation and regression, and a connection to pairs of data that follow a normal ...
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What does “to be last in someone's line” mean?

In a social media post, the following was written: Dude, where are you? At the hostel, studying dad Where are you? At the beer shop, I'm last in your line. Buy two beers for me too. 😲 ok dad I ...
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On the use of “on” within “he goaded her on to more daring revelations”

According to the ODE, to goad means: provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction. Yet, I find it quite difficult to understand its meaning within: He goaded her on to ...
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Meaning of “work with shame”

Sanderson has used extensive reading and clinical experience to develop a resource that will help counsellors, and I suspect their clients, to work with shame, rather than avoiding it. From ...
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What does the phrase “that we does not receive payment for” mean?

Qualifying booking excludes a travel booking canceled by the traveler, resulting from fraudulent or other illegal activity, or that we does not receive payment for. What does "that we does not ...
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What does “complete” mean in this context?

This offer only applies to the members who make hotel bookings through our travel page and complete their travel. Does "complete" mean finish? Does it mean "this offer only applies to the member ...
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“Nothing remains to be done” meaning

I sent an email to my professor, requesting him to work on an action item pending his reply. The response I got is Nothing remains to be done. Professor X I found this a little confusing. ...
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What is the meaning behind this sentence?

The sentence is “ I thought you might like this” Is the meaning of this - that I thought but you do not like it, or it just represents that in the past moment someone thought you might like it?
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What does ingrowth mean exactly?

The definition states: The act of growing inward or into. So "vegetable ingrowth" can mean vegetables or part of a vegetable that grew into a hole? What are the other meaning that "growing inward" ...
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Is ‘understand’ a noun in the sentence below?

Now the teacher plays the tapes or reads the text again, pausing after every sentence to check the students understand. Is ‘understand’ a noun in the sentence above?
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what does “allow something to be explored” mean?

I am leaning this post The factors which consistently affect accuracy are those which directly or indirectly (as in the handling of continuous attributes) allow a greater number and variety of ...
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Verb - Using the verb Playing in context - Question

Overwatch league is an event based off the game overwatch, I knew what Overwatch was but not the event. So my friend said to me: "They're playing Overwatch league at the laundry mat" (In a ...
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What does “soaring heights” mean?

As Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) guides the glee club to soaring heights, his personal life grows increasingly complicated, his nemesis Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) devises new ways to derail the ...
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What is the difference between ‘wash up’ and ‘wash’?

My clothes were dirty, so I must go and wash. Can I replace ‘wash’ by ‘wash up’? What is the difference between ‘wash up’ and ‘wash’?
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What is the meaning of “in a white light”?

What is the meaning of "in a white light" in the following sentences, Long long ago an Emperor lived in China. His name was Ming Ti. And the Emperor had a son. His name was Ming Cho. One day ...
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goofing it up, got herself up

What do following phrases goofing it up and got herself up mean and what is the function of up here? When she tried to be a person she came pretty close to goofing it up. There was never anybody ...