Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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What's the difference between "slicing" and "slice" in the sentence?

I mean, which is the best form in the context in the semantic term? Or, are both acceptable with little difference of meaning? (A) The marketing analytics companies perform machine learning procedures,...
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Meaning of "fiction of roundness"

About the people in this book, we will often be suddenly not so sure. A book about, among other things, families and “the rough sexual world that lies outside of families,” “The Children’s Bach” is an ...
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gratitude of her young vanity

Emma could not feel a doubt of having given Harriet's fancy a proper direction and raised the gratitude of her young vanity to a very good purpose, for she found her decidedly more sensible than ...
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what does "should it be" mean? [duplicate]

The hemagglutinin, which is also located in the viral coat, is the viral molecule recognised by the immune system. Upon contact with it, immune cells produce masses of antibodies, which will ...
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clearly discernable doubt? [closed]

Yet, the transition from alert phase  5 (imminent pandemic) to phase 6 (full-blown pandemic) was marked by clearly discernable doubt as to the severity of the situation. what does "clearly ...
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What does "a rabbit in the bush" mean in this context?

He paused slightly longer. “And you know, my friends, there comes a time,” he cried, “when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression.” A flock of “Yeses” was coming back ...
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What is the meaning of "would do" here?

The text is as follows: Wordiness: Why use five words when one would do? Excess verbiage doesn’t make you sound smart, it just makes your writing a slog to read. Why use five words when one would do?...
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What is the sentence "I've got something coming to me" intended to mean in Cornell Woolrich's "The Black Alibi"?

Clo-Clo shoveled her hands ingenuously toward him. “I couldn’t find the room again, when I tried to get back to you. There were so many halls and turns, I got lost. Was it my fault?” “You know what ...
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"identical twins means" vs. "identical twins mean"

I think the boldfaced sentence should be changed to "which mean they share the same genetic material with each other". I wondered whether what I understand is right. The other thing that's ...
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"She is going to tell everyone that I stole her money." - the that-clause does not necessarily have to be true, right?

Example 1: She is going to tell everyone that I stole her money. This that-clause in Example 1 does not have to be true, am I right? I think it can be something that is true or something that has ...
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To look at her was to take a step back

Grandma was a force of nature—impatient, aggressive, self-possessed. To look at her was to take a step back. She dyed her hair black and this intensified her already severe features, especially her ...
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Meaning of “how does it stand with something?”?

How does it stand with being? The above is a question Martin Heidegger asks in his Introduction to Metaphysics. What does it mean? Does it mean ‘how does/has being start/started?’Or does it mean “how ...
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What does "individuals do not count" mean? [closed]

Do industrial researchers have souls? In his work The Scientific Life: a Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation, historian and sociologist of science Steven Shapin questions two widely accepted ...
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What does "for some time" mean here? [duplicate]

I'm reading a hard-to-read article and it has this sentence: GPT-formatted disks work closely with firmware interfaces that have been established for some time as a successor to BIOS. So as the ...
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What does "be it" mean in the passage below?

A sceptical society Beyond this, the ambiguity of any scientific expertise is rooted in a bipolarisation between experts and policymakers. This intimate relationship has long ignored a third party: ...
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Could 'going' mean 'saying'?

I am trying to understand what my professor said, especially what 'going' means in the following sentence. Did she actually say like that or just think to herself? At the conference, I was sitting ...
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Does “it’s OK” mean it’s great, good, average, or something else in China? [closed]

I had a few business meetings with people from China. English is my second language and it’s also their second language. In the follow up email, they said the meeting and our product were OK. They ...
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“A person who is burning inside in love”

Diljale is a person who was dumped by his love is not getting out of that madness and shock and is still burning inside called “Diljala.” in Hindi and Persian. Dil heart and Jale the burnt one. ...
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What is the right sentence for this context?

1) I am very pleased for the opportunity to work with you next summer. 2) I am really pleased about the opportunity to work with you next summer. 3) I am glad you give me an opportunity to work with ...
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What does it mean: “may she not somehow...”? [closed]

May she not somehow have come into someone’s dream because the feet of that delicate-bodied idol ache today! It’s not an idol made out of stone. It just figuratively conveys that that idol is a woman ...
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The meaning of "on" in "don't hit snooze on"

What is the meaning of "on" in "don't hit snooze on"? "Hit snooze" means to press a button on an alarm clock that stops and resets the alarm for a short time later to ...
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My take on something vs my understanding of something

What’s the difference between understanding and take? For example, consider the following two questions: what’s your take on this issue? What’s your understanding of this issue? Would it make a ...
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What exactly "take" means "take some aspirin"? Buying or having? [closed]

In Advices like "take some vitamin C", "take some aspirin" etc. Take mean buying or eating?
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What does "terms" refer to in this sentence?

Tuberculosis (TB) is still amongst the most important causes of human morbidity and mortality, killing approximately two million people each year. Standard short-course chemotherapy (SSCC) can rapidly ...
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What does "broadcast" mean here? [migrated]

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), using a blue print, Roland shows a plan to defeat machines which entering Zion: Roland: The machines have taken Junction 21. The way I see it, if we drop down from ...
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To be (as a modal verb) in this context [duplicate]

There is such an example: Perhaps the most absorbing thing in mine is the garden. The garden was to mean more and more to me, year after year. I was to know every tree in it, and attach a special ...
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What's the meaning of "go straight into the sand"

In this documentary, the guy says: Someone a few days later emails again and says look Glenn can you do this thing and Glenn still doesn't do it this attempt basically to leak all of these secrets ...
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What does it mean by ‘it comes off hot down home’?

In this sentence: “Baker came back. He had pressed his number 3 onto the right breast of his shirt. “Did he say anything to you?” Garraty asked. “He asked me if it was commencing to come off hot down ...
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What's the difference between look towards the road and look off towards the road?

What does 'off' imply here? Would the meaning change if we took it out? McVries spoke absently, still looking off towards the road. (from a novel) McVries spoke absently, still looking towards the ...
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meaning of 'When it hits'

I read the phrase in this transcript. QUAH: When it hits, and it isn't always, these shows capture a little bit of the magic that reminds me of community radio or early podcasting, which I know is a ...
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'You had Konklin [name] killed'. What does it mean?

I've heard this in a movie called The Bourne Supremacy. I am not really good with English so can anybody help me out? What does 'You had Konklin killed' mean? By the way, Konklin is just a character's ...
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Difference between "pretty" and "beautiful"

Context: “Maybe if I weren’t so repulsive-looking—maybe if I were pretty like you—” “Mother’s not a bit pretty; she’s beautiful,” Charles Wallace announced, slicing liverwurst. “Therefore I bet she ...
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What does the word "deroutinization" mean?

The ultimate source of the massive spontaneous militancy and disruption that threatened public order lay in the radical increase in unemployment and the collapse of wage rates for those lucky enough ...
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The use of Cc'ed in an email

I am tying to say that I am Cc-ing my supervisor to keep her updated on an application process. I am sending this email internally but to different department. Does following sentence convey meaning? ...
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What does the verb "to carry" refer to in this sentence?

Joseph has given to you a backpack. He has given it to you to carry the books. In the second sentence, what does the verb "carry" refer to? The backpack or you or both? What rule of English ...
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What does -wise mean in the context of feed forward networks?

I try to get the exact synonym of the -wise part in the following sentence: I believe it's position-wise feed forward network, a type of position-wise.
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What does "putting up" mean in this context?

I just read a question on Stack Overflow, here. The question starts with: I've been somewhat "putting up" with GitHub always asking for my username and password when I clone a repository. [....
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What does "I don't mind no (something)" mean?

I can't understand what "I don't mind no answer" means exactly. The context is: someone asks a question, and then, without waiting for an answer, says "I don't mind no answer either&...
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"walks over to" vs "walks to" [duplicate]

A man walked over to us. "Are you an actor?" he asked me. What is the meaning of "over" here? Can we omit it and say "A man walked to us"?
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"How are you ..." to mean "How can you be ..."

There was a time when most of the people in a room were busy doing something. I heard someone say to someone else, How are you standing around doing nothing? I guessed that the speaker wasn't asking ...
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What does chief nobody mean?

Is "chief nobody" a mistake, I wonder? Mark S. McNally is the founder and chief nobody of Nobody Studios, a globally distributed high-velocity venture studio bringing together investors, ...
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is understood to

few (determiner, adjective) Used with plural nouns and a plural verb to mean "not many" lkjhg811: I'd like to know if "in order to" can substitute for "to" and if the ...
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meaning of "have a hard time staying out of our own way"

What's the meaning of "have a hard time staying out of our own way" in this context? DUBNER: But Marcus, what’s the lesson we should take away from the slime-mold story? Because one could ...
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I can't find an abbreviation in 'Berlin calling' phrase

From The movie American Traitor Radio Caster : This is Berlin calling. Berlin calling the American mothers and wives. And when Berlin calls, it pays to listen in because there's an American girl ...
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The meaning of "It isn't honest"

Jenny got really angry. "It isn't honest", she said. I didn't listen. I bet all my money on myself to win and then I lost the fight. (I was told to lose the fight) What does it mean by ...
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meaning of "be overlooked"

Is "overlooked" used properly in the following sentence? If Joe's neighbors live in a higher building than his swimming pool, does the sentence still make sense? Joe put a roof over his ...
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meaning of 'bounce off'

What's the meaning of 'bouncing off' in this context? Yes! In fact, that’s really why I called the book Thinking Better. Because I was sort of bouncing off that book of Kahneman’s, Thinking, Fast And ...
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"benefactor of the race"

Sample: “You reasoned it out beautifully,” I exclaimed in unfeigned admiration “It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings true.” “It saved me from ennui,” he answered, yawning. “Alas! I already ...
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was never so truly formidable as when - Is Holmes truly formidable or not formidable at all?

Sample: The swing of his nature took him from extreme languor to devouring energy; and as I knew well, he was never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been lounging in his armchair ...
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Doubt regarding the airline ticket information [closed]

I recently had an English test where we had to read a passage and answer questions about the meaning. I completely failed to understand certain portions of this passage and do not understand the ...