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 does “I am often down in the dumps” means?

What does "I am often down in the dumps" means? feel bad about messed up things?
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Meaning of “platonic twin” [on hold]

What does platonic twin mean here? I scooped up one of the detached nanoprobes. In reality, the drones mimicked my intentions with their own manipulators, picking up the nanoprobe's platonic twin......
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Can a comma always replace a colon?

Can a comma always replace a colon? I am not sure, but I think I've heard you can replace a colon (:) with a comma (,) without significantly changing the meaning in any way, the comma is a more ...
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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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What does the phrase “building hopping chop” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an endless runner game: Building hopping chops is a good strategy to avoid unexpected dangers. The player is advised to leap to the side when she sees any danger or goes ...
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If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was

From the book "the 100 year old man who climbed out of the window~" On the page 37 If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was capable of anything was how Mr. Wholesale Gustavsson saw it,...
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How to write a letter to change my travel information

So, I was writing a letter to change my departure date and time for a bus trip, and I was so confused about this grammar structure. Since the staff already asked me to confirm the dates/ times I wish ...
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What does the phrase “That's all there is to it” exactly mean? Please explain also grammar behind that

Here is the quote from series "Sherlock" s04e01: — You say he filmed that video message before he died? — Yes. — You also say you know what he's going to do next. What does that mean? ...
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meaning of the word “trigger” in context?

It is from the online journal Psychology Today. Here it goes: Some of those behaviors can become habitual — i.e., habits. The resulting chain — trigger activating motive, leading to behavior, ...
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what's the meaning of '8 cars tow up'?

It's from movie scene and there are those dialogues. 'This used to be A Appliance Manufacturing. This sits on a 14-acre lot. This floor alone, 20,000 square feet. It could easily be converted into ...
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Are these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence are equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference? The sparrow was the highest bird of all The sparrow was the highest of all the birds
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“sprung for action”

From the 2012 movie Gambit There are moments in a life that define a man. This was Mr Deane's. He was sprung for action and yet perfectly capable of blowing it completely. My understanding of the ...
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Meaning of the word “as”

As we usually think of dreams, they go on in the minds of people who are actually lying in a real bed in a real house, even if in the dream they are running away from a homicidal lawnmower through the ...
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“We have shortly coming…”

These are lines from the movie Dumb and Dumber: This is the Hotel Danbury Presidential Suite, gentlemen, normally reserved for royalty, visiting dignitaries, illustrious stars of stage and screen. ...
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meaning of “ride out to”

“On my first trip to Italy, I found myself in Rome in heavy traffic, riding out to the highway that leads to Florence. We were driving during the rush hour in winter, and so the sun was setting, ...
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The meaning of “have to be” and “have to have”

1.It has to be close to noon. 2.She has to be the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. 3.He has to have a lot of money to live the way he does. 4.There has to be some mistake. 5....
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What is the meaning of “as applied to” in this context?

This is the context: The meaning of the world is the separation of wish and fact. Wish is a force as applied to thinking beings, to realize something. A fulfilled wish is a union of wish and fact....
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What does “though” mean in this sentence?

"I have been waiting for your reply.You don't reply, tho. " I do not understand the above sentence and the usage of "though".
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Can 'leave' mean 'forget'?

In a conversation like: Person 1: You can read a map, can’t you? Person 2: Yes, I can. But I left my glasses in England. Does the verb "leave" mean that Person 2 forgot to bring his glasses, ...
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What do these jokes mean? [closed]

I confess! I found them really hard! I think the jokes are all about using witty words in English. Here is the original source. Please help me understand them all. (a) Your mother is so classless,...
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What “make it through” means?

What "make it through" means? I heard it in a speech. I googled it and found out "not die as a result of an illness or an accident, get better after an illness, recover, survive, respond". Is it ...
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What does it mean by this sentence: He is confronted in his subzero lab by…?

Source He is confronted in his subzero lab by Roy and Leon, the latter of whom rips open Chew's thermal coat to make it easier for Roy to interrogate him. What does it mean by this highlighted ...
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Meanign of “to remain abscure” [on hold]

What does "to remain abscure" mean? Do you guys know what it means completely? If you know, can you explain to me?
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“It's just rammed up again”

I heard in a British show this line: We cleared this place out before, but it's just rammed up again. (source) The subtitles on Netflix also give "rammed up", but this phrase doesn't make sense to ...
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How to say more correct

I heard a saying which explains life's path of a person... It explains that if you chose your life's way (path), you should follow it until the end of your life... If you chose your way, go to the ...
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what is the difference between two similar sentences

Do these two sentences have the exactly same meaning and usage: "I understand some people will feel that we are locating rioters or protesters inside hospital seems..." "I understand some people will ...
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l don't get the meaning of the sentence in bold clearly

The bullet smashed Anders’ skull and ploughed through his brain and exited behind his right ear, scattering shards of bone into the cerebral cortex, the corpus callosum, back toward the basal ...
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Meaning of the word “by” in context

Although we have limited controlled data on surgical interventions like spinal fusion, discectomy, laminectomy, or vertebroplasty, studies often show some immediate benefit for pain, but this ...
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What does it mean - 'pick up and put on your attitude' and 'beat the streets' in context

What does it mean - 'pick up and put on your attitude' and 'beat the streets' in context There's one last word then I'll conclude Before you pick up and put on your attitude Bet you'll never find ...
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What does “odds at stake” mean?

Against All Odds: Counterterrorist Hostage Rescues By Samuel M. Katz Under intense pressure and with the highest odds at stake, these professional soldiers and police officers must perform and ...
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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 is the difference between “I am going home” and “I go home”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: I am going home. I go home. I know that people don't usually use the second expression, but can we use it? Also, I don't really know, if it ...
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What is the meaning of “A is the good, B is the bad and C is the ugly”?

If A is the good, B is the bad and C is the ugly, what does this statement imply? That: C is even worse than B C is something intermediate, not good, not bad C is "outside of the box" and can't be ...
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Meaning of “those little human touches that keep us coming back for more.”

Anders couldn’t get to the bank until just before it closed, so of course the line was endless and he got stuck behind two women whose loud, stupid conversation put him in a murderous temper. He ...
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What is the meaning of “the Byss and the Abyss” in this context?

this is a quote from Winston Churchill: I had a feeling once about Mathematics, that I saw it all—Depth beyond depth was revealed to me —the Byss and the Abyss. I saw, as one might see the ...
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“Keep up the good work”.. could this hurt?

When I feel grateful about someone, I sometimes use the phrase keep up the good work after I have thanked them. I only use this when my feeling is that they: are doing good things and/or have ...
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Use of more and as many as in diffrent place

I wrote four sentence with “more” and “as much as” used in diffrent places in sentences. Is there a diffrence among sentences in meaning ? It realy confuse me 1) There are ten times more bacterial ...
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What is the meaning of “all about” in these contexts?

This is the contexts: we really know what computers are all about. or which is basically what general relativity is all about. I searched the web but couldn't find anything. The phrase be what ...
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What does 'tempering' mean in the passage?

The following is the excerpt from Obama's inaugural speech. What does the word, 'tempering' evades me. I look it up in the dictionary, to no avail. What does it mean in the context? They understood ...
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What’s the meaning of “could” and “would” in this text explaining grammar rule?

After looking up “would” and “could”, I couldn’t find any relevant meaning in the use of would and could in this text, which I found on a British Council page: You could go on in the same way. You ...
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What's the meaning of `noisy` in `noisy scanner`? [on hold]

When I watching a video time 2:56 that is a very very very noisy scanner... What's the meaning of noisy there? We know noisy is a adjective word for voice, but what's the meaning of it in there?
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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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What does “tangle off something” mean?

It is from this article. The Portuguese forward, making his Champions League debut for Juve, appeared to grab Valencia defender Jeison Murillo's hair as they tangled off the ball midway through the ...
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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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What does “he was there for” mean in this sentence?

I really don't understand the usage or the meaning of "he was there for" in this sentence : Tony shook his head, as though he couldn’t wrap his mind around events he was there for, and partially ...
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What’s the meaning of “the final balance now due”?

What’s the meaning “the final balance now due” And what’s the meaning of “due” in this sentence ? Please describe simple. Thanks
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Meaning of the paragraph? Is the paragraph ambiguous?

The following paragraph was from a video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKL2pdRmwc4 (16:34) Television advertising may influence children's nutrition practices, particularly in regard to food ...
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Interpretation of “share in” in “shared in the ongoing tragedy”

“Although northern Carolina, unlike the colony’s southern reaches, did not at first import large numbers of African slaves, both regions shared in the ongoing tragedy of bloody relations between ...
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What does the word 'collect' mean here in the sentence?

I thought that the word 'collect' here means 'to prepare' according to the sentence,but the teacher said the word here literally means 'to gather sth', what the hell does the word mean.
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What does “it should be for everyone” mean?

we firmly believe security matters most and it should be for everyone. (https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/reolink-argus-2/) Does "it should be for everyone" means "Security should be for everyone"?