Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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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 ...
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What does "on top of something" mean in the following sentanes?

I saw some sentences using "on top of" while I was reading some book which was about ASP.NET Core (which is a Microsoft Web Development Framework). the sentences: 1-(MVC) It was created on ...
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Does the usage of "gross mistakes" sound rude to native speakers?

I'm having an argue with my colleague about the phrase he wrote. I suggest, it can sound extremely rude to native speakers. The context: my colleague accidentally spotted errors in certain programming ...
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"The book brought me 300 francs, which I had to PUT UP" -- what's the meaning of "put up"? [closed]

By Gustave Flaubert: We are workers of luxury. Thus nobody is rich enough to pay us. When you want to earn money with your pen, you have to do journalism, serials or the theatre. Bovary brought me ...
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A confusing structure: verb+ing as ... do

I came across a confusing structure from Arthur Schopenhauer. Here is the text: Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel are not philosophers, lacking as they do the first requisite for being counted as such: ...
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What does "Ride much?" mean in this situation?

From the movie Unleashed: A woman is on the bike with her pets and many stuffs. So, she sort of blocks a way and stumbles. When a stranger guy passes by her, he says to her "ride much?". He ...
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How to understand "I'm calling it a push"?

I'm reading the book Working Backwards recently and got a little confused with the sentences below: I told him I’d played two weeks earlier at the local park with my buddy John. “So you have me beat ...
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What does "cumulative" mean in the following paragraph?

I was reading the following paragraph and saw the latest cumulative update: Continue to work through the installation process, selecting the default values. Once the installation is complete, install ...
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Is "since the prior night" correct grammar?

I am writing a paper, and am unsure about the following phrase: "dirty diapers she has been sitting in since the prior night" Specifically, I am unsure about "since the prior night&...
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Why is there a "for" in this sentence, starting with "That is, " with a meaning "more exactly"

This is from a text about mobile phones and battery replacements. "......Many places offer same-day repairs, as long as the battery for your device is in stock. That is, for repair places with ...
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What does "blood drains from stomach"mean?

what is the meaning of "blood drains from stomach"? Elisa is shocked, so I suppose it's the same like "stomach churns​/​lurches​/​tightens", but is it really so? And then ... next ...
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What does "otherwise" refer to in this context

The elements any particular animal needs are relatively predictable. They are predictable based on the past: what an animal’s ancestors needed is likely to be what that animal also needs. Taste ...
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The usage of the word 'suspended' in this sentence?

What's the meaning of the word 'suspended' in this context? "Marseille are given a suspended one-point deduction and their fans are banned from travelling to away games until the end of the year....
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He wants to marry a blonde woman, and he hasn't found one/her - question about use of pronouns

Here is an interesting question about the use of pronouns. I read a book that says a pronoun is used only when the speaker has already had the thing in mind to refer to. It says Example 1 means he has ...
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Why do dictionaries begin sentences with “used”?

In my dictionary, I keep coming across sentences beginning with "used". For example: used when you are politely asking for something I am confused about this word in this context. What ...
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What does the word "book" mean in this context?

I came across this peculiar use of the word book: Does it have the same meaning as a "pile" or a "bale" of hay?
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What's the meaning of the phrase "so as" on this context?

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky "I have considerable reason to believe that Marfa Petrovna, who was so unfortunate as to fall in ...
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Can anyone tell me the meaning of 'work out / fit in' in the sentence?

This all felt a bit much for a time of year when the most stressful thing I normally face is 'working out if I can fit in a fifth mince pie', or whether it's best to leave it at four. I'm confused ...
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What does it mean by "has tended" in the follwing sentence?

I was searching for some examples of "To Make progress", I mean I wanted to know how to use "To Make Progress" in a sentence. I ended up finding a website with some examples. But I ...
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Could anyone tell me the meaning of 'celebration number 103'?

Can anyone tell me the meaning of 'celebration number 103'? This is the text that I was reading in journal. Until December 28, that is, when, as I set out towards 'celebration number 103' of the ...
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What does "For..., though..." mean here?

In The Other Side of the Hedge by E. M. Forster: “People always are astonished at meeting each other. All kinds come through the hedge, and come at all times—when they are drawing ahead in the race, ...
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What is the meaning of the word "sharp" in this context?

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky "In the passage the idea had occurred to him to keep on his overcoat and walk away, and so give the ...
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What is the meaning of the word "emphatic" in this context? [closed]

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky "In the passage the idea had occurred to him to keep on his overcoat and walk away, and so give the ...
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"one" vs "ones", which should I choose and why in this context

So yesterday our class had an English test. In the exam paper, there's a multiple-choice question, which basically gives you a passage with some words left blank and asks you to choose words from the ...
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What does "humor and camp" mean?

In a movie review for the 2021 House of Gucci movie, Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci familiar with the actual people that the movie is based on, wrote a movie review essay for Air Mail ...
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What does it mean by "deep-dive chapters", on wich came in the following? [closed]

I was reading a book about Web Development that suddenly faced this: deep-dive chapters. The entire section came bellow: Part 1: Introducing ASP.NET Core This part of the book—which includes this ...
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"–maybe that's how the tunnel I got into..."

In the story "The Third Level", by Jack Finney, what does the narrator mean by "–maybe that's how the tunnel I got into..." Is it a typo? On the other hand, I can't seem to find ...
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Is there anything wrong with this sentence?

In December it'll be 3 years since I have been trying to learn this language. Is there anything wrong with this sentence? My friend said it, but I think it should be "In December I'll have been ...
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"Get on one's nerves" VS "Get to someone"

Could anyone let me know how the following examples differ in meaning? She’s always moaning. It really gets on my nerves. She’s always moaning. It really gets to me. Get on someone's nerves: If ...
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What is the meaning of the word "produce" in this context?

This is an entry in a dictionary I need some help with: TFD def for a phrase "put on" 8. To produce or perform some event: The children put on a puppet show. There is a concert this weekend, ...
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Translation of Hindi idiom ‘Keep someone on your head’

Keep someone on your head That is the translation of Hindi idiom that if you keep someone on your head, you love and excessively treat them. For example: When you come home too late, and your mother ...
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Whether before if

"I was wondering whether it's okay if I bring this bag with me?" Whether before if, can I say this, does it make sense?
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Does the word "leniency" fit in this context?

I am writing a request to my manager and have drafted the last two sentences as follows: I trust in god and his judgement, and I trust that virtue lies in his bestowal and his prevention, and that is ...
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What does "printed upon a husk" mean?

In THE SAINT by V.S. PRITCHETT: The man is a saint, I thought. As saintly as any of those gold-leaf figures in the churches of Sicily. Golden, he sat in the punt. Golden, he sat for the next hour as ...
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In "Does it matter how large the selection is that you bookmark? ", how to understand the part "that you bookmark"?

There is a sentence: Does it matter how large the selection is that you bookmark? I know it refers to how large the selection is, but I can't understand why that you bookmark can be added after is. ...
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The meaning of "all the hair" in the novel 'Human Stain'

I am living in Seoul, and reading a novel, Human Stain. I found this sentence in it: Under the protection of Pierce Roberts, the handsome young hotshot president with all the hair who came in and ...
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Meaning of "to put a face on something"

A pop star is about to get an abortion, and now she is being interviewed. she says the following sentence : I am very excited about this opportunity to put a face on this important issue. What's the ...
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Why can "earthquake crack makes monumental mortal" here?

In THE SAINT by V.S. Pritchett: I saw the shoes dip, water rise above his ankles and up his socks. He tried to move his grip now to a yet higher branch. He did not succeed, and in making this effort, ...
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"The perfect cure-free worries scattered mind." [closed]

"The perfect cure-free worries scattered mind." This is a sentence I heard from the video Stress Management Strategies: Ways to Unwind (at 1:23 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fL-pn80s-c)...
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Meaning of "take the yes"

In season 3, episode 6 of TV show Bojack Horseman, there's this context: Diane is a pop star's publicist, and just accidentally tweeted "I'm getting an abortion" to all the star's followers. ...
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Meaning of "to come out to sizzle"

I was wondering what "come out" may mean in the following context. The Oscar race is heating up and all the hot stars came out to sizzle.
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The meaning of "regular triplet"

Behind the mare was plainly audible the cadence of a swiftly trotting horse. “D’you hear anything?” said Guj. “No—nothing but the regular triplet,” said Hordene; and he lied when he answered. This is ...
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What do "tapped" and "checkered" mean in "...Brown was tapped to operate shelters in New York despite a checkered past..."? [closed]

The Headline is: Jack Brown was tapped to operate shelters in New York despite a checkered past, The New York Times found in a recent investigation. I can't figure out: "tapped" (although ...
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what does "fully realized" mean in this context [duplicate]

As of December 2019, the market capitalization of Samsung Electronics Ltd. was $229.5 bn (GuruFocus 2020), which is $5.9 bn more than the paper predicted. The estimated value of synergies shows ...
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By seconds vs in seconds

What is the difference in meaning of these two phrases: by seconds and in seconds I read the first sentence in a book. The plant was growing in seconds. As a language learner I am curious to ...
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What does "looking like a zygote" mean?

In this review of The Wheel of Time tv series, the reviewer, Lucy Mangan, writes: There is also Nynaeve (Zoë Robins) – a Wisdom who, despite looking like a zygote, seems to be a protective village ...
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What does the sentence "our holiday isn't for weeks yet" mean?

While learning the word "yet" in the Cambridge dictionary, I found the sentence: Our holiday isn't for weeks yet. I can't understand what the sentence means. What it means in general? Does ...
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What is the meaning of the word "dull" in this context?

"Your critical thinking abilities have been dulled." TFD def for the adjective "dull" 4. Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid. TFD def for the verb "dull" To make or ...
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What is the meaning of the word "savory" in this context? How to know what someone means when using that word?

I've got a long-lasting problem with understanding the word "savory" and the meanings it conveys in different contexts especially when using it to describe the word "umami" meaning ...
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cheer up / buck up / perk up /. Which makes more sense in the given context?

Not only did I not get tired, I rather cheered up/perked up/bucked up. Not only did I not tire, rather I was/felt invigorated. Do any of these seem natural to you?