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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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Is latest by used here correctly

In the following sentence NASA’s International Space Station, the only one functional right now, is slated to retire by 2025, or latest by 2028, and no replacement for it has been confirmed so far. ...
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the meaning of “has some go to steps for”

David Ospina: A reluctant showman but as an experienced member of the squad has some go to steps for when he is called upon. Source: https://twitter.com/SimonEdwardsSAF/status/1139920803871502336?...
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Meaning of herald into something

What is the meaning of herald into something in the following sentence? Does it convey any sense? Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan are, in fact, heralding ISRO into this new phase.
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The use of “that”

If you can find somebody and divide up the labor so that you don't feel so overwhelmed by everything that you are doing, all you have to do sometimes is to ask for help and your life will feel that ...
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What does “that” indicate here?

People sometimes don't recognize talent when see it . Their vision is clouded by the first impression we give and that can lose us the job we want What does that refer to? first impression OR the ...
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The meaning of “you catch the oar-thresh,” etc

But in a little time we shall run out of the portholes as the water runs along the oarblade, and though you tell the others to row after us, you will never catch us till you catch the oar-thresh ...
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What does “offset” mean in this context?

Judge Judy reading from a police report: I then observe a small drop of blood on the shirt of Ohr... Thompson was standing behind Ohr and slightly offset. (source) "Offset" strikes me as strange ...
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grammar / meaning “I was going to do the washing, but we would run out of washing powder.”

The explanations of my grammar book is as follows. 1) “They left the house at 6.00 a.m. and would reach Edinburgh some 12 hours later.” (=they reached Edinburgh) 2) He was sure that the medical ...
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is these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence is 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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Making question

I'd like to know the difference between Why don't you do it? Why do you not do it?" Could you please let me know the differences?
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The usage of word that can be both plural and singular

Words such as Infantry and Cavalry according to Oxford Learner's Dictionary can be both singular and plural. Here is a specific example from their site. The infantry was/were guarding the bridge. ...
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What does “it's good for you to pass the exam” mean?

What does "It's good for you to pass the exam" mean? If the situation is that "you" has already passed the exam, could the sentence mean that "It's good for you that you passed the exam"? I ...
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Difference between “much, many, a lot of and lots of”

Difference between "much, many, a lot of and lots of" What is the difference between them? Are they synonyms or not?
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Does “Process up” exist in English?

I will leave her alone for now so that she can process things up. I think for a sentence like this one, "process up" makes a suitable fit. I assume it means "absorb", but I didn't find it used ...
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Difference between “drift” and “wander”

Drift: to move smoothly or easily in a way that is not planned or guided Wander: to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction (From ...
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'Suppress someone's voices and opinions' - Word Choices?

Today, my mom and brother argued about an opinion regarding the cultural problem in our country. When I monitored the conversation, I saw my brother using aggressive voice, tones, and his own opinions ...
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each holding strange and new thoughts

Am I right if I understand 'each holding strange and new thoughts' as 'each was strange and each have new thoughts' or maybe 'each have strange thoughts and new thoughts? Also could you explain gramma ...
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What does “offering” mean in this sentence in The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry?

On the first page of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: Serviceable-enough Dahl offering, though Lambiase questioned whether a professional housewife could successfully cook a leg of lamb in the manner ...
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What is the gold bits?

I'm learning English using CNN10. When I watch some news, I've heard this sentence. I have no idea what it means Cities can be difficult cases to navigate at the best of times. But for some ...
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What does “this ” stand for here?

Try experimenting with working by a window or using full spectrum bulbs in your desk lamp. You will probably find that this improves the quality of your working environment. "this " refers to "...
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What does the phrase “bring up” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a task management app: Linking to events makes it easy for you to bring up notes on the day. I know the lexical meanings of the phrase "bring up", but they don't seem to ...
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What is the difference among 'Mr,Mrs,Dr,Ms,Miss'? [on hold]

Mr refers to the married man while Mrs refers to the married woman,and Dr refers to the person who has got a degree in academic,But what do Ms and Miss mean? I never learned these words before,would ...
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Is the use of the word restrained strange in this sentence?

Lines of a poem: A strong woman is not asked if she is tired, if she is suffering or falling, if she has anxiety or fear, the important thing is that she is always there: a lighthouse in the fog or ...
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About the use of “threatened” in “before President Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico are supposed to kick in.”

Is the use of threatened in: before President Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico are supposed to kick in. correct? The only definition I know of threatened is endangered. Source: This video ...
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Let the backlash begin

I found some articles with the title “Let the Backlash Begin!” and I cannot understand the meaning of the phrase. Could someone explain it?
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does this long sentence need to be split into 2 to make things more clear?

the question is derived from that post here is a long sentence to describe a question on that post. this piece of code used to demonstrate algorithm complexity and Measuring the Run Time of an ...
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What is omitted part here?

Artificial light, which typically contains only a few wavelengths of light, does not seem to have the same effect on the mood that sunlight has. What is omitted after has? To me, " has effect on ...
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It makes up for flaws in him vs flaws in his characteristic

So basically I have no idea if these two sentences have any difference So it makes up for flaws in him So it makes up for flaws in his characteristic If these are saying the same thing I'm happy ...
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Usage of “could” in “could account for as much as 7.0%”

“College Factual ranks Northwestern U as 46th out of a total 1,059 colleges and universities for sheer popularity with students from China. Chinese students could account for as much as 7.0% of ...
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In 1926 human conception of the universe changed forever

Is it correct to use the word forever in the sentence implying that something changed since that moment? This is the particular sentence I'm struggling with: In 1926 human conception of the ...
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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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Yes I usually can [on hold]

In the sentence given below "Can you park your car near the shops?" "Yes, I usually can." I don't understand the meaning of the bold part.
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Make a living VS Making a life

What's the difference in nuance between making a living and making a life?
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On computer vs. over computer

As far as I know, "on a tool" means that someone is using that tool and "over a tool" means that something is done using that tool as a way to do it. For example: I have accepted the job over the ...
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The meaning of “stuff” in this paragraph

I have problem in understanding the meaning of word "stuff", the first one and the second one: Jean says that she’s “getting tougher” and learning to detach herself from each teacher’s individual ...
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What's the meaning of “throw a pallet at her”?

Please tell me the meaning of "throw a pallet at her" in this context: Teachers might be using the Unit Organizer and the course map and starting to see kids that normally don’t respond, responding....
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What does “it” stand for here?

In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." To feel that you are not alone, you don't need a ...
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What does “differentiate for” mean?

What does differentiate for mean?. I looked it up in several online dictionaries such as Cambridge or oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com but all of them are about the meaning of differentiate from or ...
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What does the phrase “weigh down” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: In the game, you use your enemy's corpse as bridges and to weigh down pressure plates, providing cover from spears-firing traps – sometimes for ...
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What does 'reduced the importance' mean in context?

What does 'reduced the importance' mean? Is it good or bad? Good probably if it is an ad but why? Apple has already reduced the importance of iTunes on the iPhone and iPad and will now do the ...
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What is the meaning of “last” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "last" in the following sentence? Whiptail was first. He set sail so fast! But his tail whipped the sail and then he was last. Little Dale saw it all. So he got out of ...
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“Exclusions apply.”: What does it mean?

When I saw a receipt of an e-commerce, I found a sentence "Exclusions apply." "Apply your 20-character promote code to receive this discount. Exclusions apply. See details at xxxxxxxx.com. Expires ...
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What is the difference between ”in” and ”on”?

While referring to these prepositions, I want to emphasize their differences about their manner and common expressions. I do not understand, for instance, why the preposition ”on” it is used to say ”...
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Which part of this Shakespearean sentence translates to: “Thank you”?

This is a quote from The Tempest by Stephano: Be you quiet, monster.—Mistress line, is not this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin under the line. And it is translated (according to this source) into: ...
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Why can’t I say “We are prepared to hear the other 23 speeches” instead of “We are prepared to hear other 23 speeches”?

Since other is for plural, I thought that instead of saying A) We are prepared to hear another 23 speeches. I could just simply say B) We are prepared to hear the other 23 speeches. I notice ...
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Meaning of draw in the following sentence

In the sentence given below U.S. objections draw in part from its eagerness to export liquefied natural gas to Europe, besides thwarting Moscow’s ambition to dominate the region’s energy market. ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct (placement of helping verb)?

I'm not sure about How and have here. 2 possibilities: a) How health care monitoring devices have helped in changing your life? b) How have health care monitoring devices helped in changing ...
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What does this sentence mean: “We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons.”

A neuroscientist who specializes in eating behavior and obesity say: "We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons". This structure is very strange to me: have gotten + adjective + at + gerund ...
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meaning of the word “have” in it is past form in context

It is from Crash Course US history. It is at 8 minute and 10 second. Here is the contex: Taney ruled that black people "had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior ...
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older half and younger full. What does it mean?

What does it mean when someone says? I am the middle child, older half and younger full