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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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sentence meaning, who performs the action

He threatens the kid to finish the work. Who is performing the action "finish the work", He or the kid.
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Round brackets around a persons name

My grandson shows his mother’s current partner’s name in round brackets on a genolgy site. What do the bracketed name mean?
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have I well understood the sentence

As he turned out, much of the bill owed for the recordings went unpaid for more than 50 years. Does that sentence mean that now the bill has been cleared because of went (past simple): if it had ...
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What is the meaning of then in the given sentence?

In the sentence The first documented WNV case in Kerala was in Alappuzha in 2011, with the numbers then growing. What does then mean in this sentence? What I think is- Here then is used as an ...
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What does “stood on his head” mean in this context?

I am confused about the following sentence: Hegel was a german philosopher who Marx 'stood on his head' I can't seem to find a proper definition for this phrase. What does "stood on his head" mean ...
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I can't understand the meaning and grammar of an explanation

I can't understand the grammar and meaning of this phrase: a single worthy cause – spread too thinly What does it mean generally and what's the use of "-" in it. The complete paragraph is: ...
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can help but be involved or can't help but be involved?

And at this crucial time in our lives , when everything is so desperate , when every day is a matter of survival , I don't think you can help but be involved. Shouldn't it be "cannot help" but be ...
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in the premises

Stoic Physics, in the premises, is a natural Philosophy in terms whereof an attempt is made to understand and describe the natural processes of divine reason or logos which are at work in the ...
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What does “among other things” mean?

Signals to be used to, among other things, halt working in the event of lost communications or inability to utilize radios. In the sentence above, does "among other things" mean "along with other ...
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hold zero expression meaning

what's the meaning of long hold zero in the following sentence although I was not able to long hold zero to turn off the engine after this
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chosen such that the horizons lie within the history , what is that the?

In https://peerj.com/preprints/3190.pdf section 4.3 We use simulated historical forecasts (SHFs) by producing K forecasts at various cutoff points in the history, chosen such that the horizons ...
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A variation to the phrase “hanging over my shoulders”

I couldn't find the exact definition of "hanging over someone's shoulders" online. I am not referring to the literal meaning, when, for example, you feel there is a ghost hanging over your shoulders. ...
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Am I understanding these sentences correctly?

She has stayed at her uncle's house since she was ill. It is six years since I was in Seattle. For sentence 1, does it imply that after her illness was cured, she has stayed at her uncle's house?...
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Meaning of 'excess' in this sentence

Can you help me to understand meaning of 'excess'' in sentence below: The project may, in fact, be hopeless when it comes to the absolute birth and death of being as meaning – here we can only ...
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What does the phrase “at pace” mean?

It is from this article about a boxing match. The rematch was again played out at pace, with Whyte picking smart shots under pressure. I would get if there were a clarification of at what pace, ...
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Third Conditionals: “If I knew…” instead of “had known…” in casual register

I know that in the following sentences "If I had known" has to be used in the place of "If I knew" to form the grammatically right sentences. What I really want be sure of is that as a native if all ...
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Why people say ‘a racehorse’ and ‘a racing car’?

A horse bred and trained for taking part in racing is termed a racehorse, while a car made for taking part in racing is called a racing car. Could anyone figure out any reason for this apparent ...
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What does “tick” mean in this sentence?

Let me show you what makes life at this resort tick. It's an introductory video that shows the behind the scenes of a resort. All the definitions I found from dictionary.cambridge.org don't fit in ...
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What is the meaning of the repeated preposition “at"?

What is the meaning of the following sentence? I looked at a small alcove office with a roll top desk and a waiting room with mission leather chairs and three diplomas on the wall, at a ...
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What does “complete” mean in this sentence?

Complete authentication using Face ID. It's a UI, and does it mean "please complete authentication ..." or "Authentication using Face ID is completed"?
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What is the meaning of “out back” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "out back" in the sentence, "Somebody quieted the dogs out back" ? Does it mean "Somebody made the dogs quiet. and somebody took the dogs out again" ?
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Meaning of 'ends meet'

What is the meaning of ends meet in this context Hi, This email is to inform you that your application has been rejected. As the Test scores were not enough. However, we wish you all success ...
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What's the meaning of 'hit the dip'?

And fuck it, let's just see what happens, take a risk, let's take a trip We swervin' off the bourbon, hope we don't hit the dip It's from a song, I have found it means to leave, but it seems ...
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How do we properly use the “more … than” phrase?

This politician greatly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. This politician badly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. ...
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What is the Student Life Office of Student Services?

Student activities at Central European University are organized directly by the students, by their academic departments or by the Student Life Office of Student Services.
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Biginnig of waiting or the onset of waiting?

there is one thing that i don't know. Can you guys help me plz? Situation : There is a girl who can't be together With her boyfriend because he is in army. And thinking of the moment that she has ...
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Difference between “in” and “for”

I am brainstorming ideas for mathematics research. I am brainstorming ideas in mathematics. I am wondering what's the difference between "in" and "for" when used in the phrasal verbs "brainstorm ...
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Make money bundle

Let’s say that i have 200 pieces of a $100 bill . And i want to bring them together in bundle. Would it be correct to say : I need to turn bills into two bundles of 100 pieces each of a $100 bills ....
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What does it mean “One man with conviction is worth a hundred without”?

I new to the English language. I would be grateful if someone will help me to understand this sentences.
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What is the difference between “packing” and packaging"?

I think this is a simple question, but it confuses me when I am creating sentences. I make a few searches on Google and find out that the words are not synonymous. But in what context I will use "...
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When to use May be and May have been?

Which one is correct to say? a) He was may be drunk when the incident occurred. b) He may have been drunk when the incident occurred.
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vehicle of and means of

Stoic thought is not intended, in this instance, to replace the specific religion that forms the vehicle of morning reflection, but rather as a means of enabling a purer reflection on the issues ...
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Started in 1987 vs. Starting in 1987

I think both started and starting make sense. Which is preferred? Is there any subtle difference in meaning? Started in 1987, the festival exhibits more than 550 varieties of mangoes and provides a ...
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What word will you use for this

There’s this word in Spanish which mean someone who asks a lot from others “pediche” an example would be my dogs, they always want food and stare at me asking me for it so i say “son un pair de ...
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What does this mean: “All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am.”

All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am. Does it mean: I don't know him anymore and he does not know me either?
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Present perfect and present simple meaningfully

What is the difference between these two sentences semantically? The class is finished. The class has finished.
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Springs of action

Clockwork mechanisms were the most advanced technology in the seventeenth century. Hobbes believed that muscles and organs in the body were the equivalent of these: he frequently wrote about the ...
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grammar / meaning Does “treating” in the example sentence mean “because he treats” or “and at the same he is treating” or just “and he treats”?

(“treating”) “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends…!” And does “verb + ing” in the following examples belong to one of the three cases in the title question? ...
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What is the meaning of “big two hillbillies were blowing on them.”?

In the comedy movie "Little Nicky (2000)", in hell, The Devil said these words to the Gatekeeper while playing cards. Actually, the Gatekeeper has breasts on top of the head. "Off with the ...
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Can you use “inert” as a synonym of “dead”?

I looked up the word "inert", and the definition does not match the definition for "dead", not even the slightest, yet dead is listed as a synonym. What do you think? For example: The coffin of ...
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Is this phrase correct

I wrote on a snapchat: Just when I think stephen cant get any more cringey But just after I sent it, it struck me that it might be wrong and could’ve been Just when I think stephen cant get ...
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What does “in” mean in this context?

I feel sometimes "in" seems to be used in the same way as "during", but it's hard to know if that's exactly the case, because the complement is not an event per se. For example: Michael collapsed ...
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Can I say “what was the war a reaction to?”

If I mean to ask the main causes of something, so I want to know what something reacted to, can I say “what was the war a reaction to?”? It sounds pretty weird to me... I’d rather say “what did the ...
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Is there any difference between “post under” and “post with”?

I was wondering if both meant the same thing, and if there's any difference between the two, what they were, because as I see it, it's pretty much the same thing. Saying "post under my real name" ...
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How can I say the order in one chart is not like the order in another chart?

I'm trying to write a clear, beautiful, formal sentence about the order of data sets in this chart: As you can see, the order of the values for "non-curved" data points (from higher to lower)is light-...
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What does “which” refer to in this context?

If a device is disabled from an account, then the information about that device will become unavailable to the member unless the device is enabled in the member’s account, which requires the ...
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What is the meaning of “Defiance afoot in every quarter”?

English Soldiers defeated by french troops: I regret to inform Your Majesty of our miserable defeat in Scotland.The bishops do demand Your Majesty's removal. Defiance afoot in every quarter.
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What does “stakeholders on” mean? [on hold]

PR and Communications services to stakeholders on subway operations Does it mean: "Provide (...) services to (stakeholders of subway operations) or "Provide (...) services to (stakeholders) about ...
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What does 'make it into' mean?

I looked the expression up in a number of dictionary to no avail. What does 'it' refer to? Any game that involves more than one person involves socializing, whether it’s cooperating during a ...
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What does “tippy top” mean here?

And except for those at the tippy top, shareholder value isn’t a meaningful goal that excites and engages them. I searched online dictionaries but I didn't find a good definition for"tippy top" ...