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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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What is the meaning of “I empty the bag on a table”?

What is the meaning of "I empty the bag on a table" in the following sentence (Source: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/which-witch-is-which.3070455/ ) Me: I have three apples in this bag - ...
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Reply to an email [closed]

I got an email from someone, it was supposed to have three receipt attached. But i only got two in the attachment, how should i notify sender. Can i say, “no.xxx receipt was not found in the ...
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How come “happen to be” comes to mean the 'less emphatic version' of 'be'?

Well, I know "I happen to be busy" means "I'm busy" in less emphatic way. And I know the original meaning of "happen to" is "come to do by chance" like: "I happened to notice your poster, and...". ...
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What is the difference between done and finished? [duplicate]

What is the different between "I am done" and "I am finished"? I mean, which of these phrases means "My life is finished" - the former or the latter? Or maybe none of them has such meaning? Can some ...
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Is “by a many” the same thing as “by many”?

I found this on a The Guardian article: John ClareJohn Clare was steeped in nature. There is no literary sightseeing here: he writes from inside the landscape. “Young Lambs” could almost be a ...
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Master of roads

Is it OK (in the spirit of language) to call truck driver, or any professional driver "master of roads"? Is there any other meaning to this phrase (religious or something)? Thanks. EDIT: I came here ...
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live under the same roof [as/with] a woman

I take that both of them are used, but I don't understand the sentence with 'as'. Many natives said that the two sentences mean the same thing fundamentally, but I don't get it the 'as' part. They ...
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me left wanting more by a narrative

Given this considerable dichotomy, between the me that was significantly impressed by Mann's obvious talent, and the more emotional, "enjoyment-centric" me left wanting more by a narrative that seemed ...
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Agree with VS. Agree on/about

I'm looking for the right explanation of the difference between "agree on/about something" and "agree with something." My guess is that if we agree with something, we second someone's comment, ...
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King to rook three. Knight to king six

Although I play chess who can explain what does it mean when Bobby Fischer says while a chess game: King to rook three. Knight to king six. Pawn takes queen, bishop to knight seven. It's over. ...
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Can “technically” be used this way?

Is technically used correctly here? You should only cancel the debt of a country if it has at least repaid the amount lent, technically turning the debt into an interest-free loan. I thought ...
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Should there be an “and” in this sentence?

Due to the nature of helicopter, external loads involving essential persons or equipment, diligent review and compliance with the manufacturer's balance data is required. The bold part is confusing....
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Can I say “utilize somebody”?

Recommendation of the qualified personnel and device to be utilized to perform the activity. In the example above, I'm not sure if the bold part means: (qualified personnel to be utilized to ...
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How to interpret when there is two adjectives in front & end

Necessary Employees and Persons Authorized Does it mean "(necessary employees) and (persons authorized)" or "necessary (employees and persons) who are authorized"?
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What does “wave somebody forward” mean?

Run only after he/she has recognized you and waves you forward. Does it mean "to wave at somebody to come closer" or does it mean "to stick the hand forward and then wave at somebody"?
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What does “specific” exactly mean in this context?

The agreement is specific to those provisions specified in the manual. In the example above, does "is specific to" mean "match"? I am not sure if this sentence means "The agreement matches/fits those ...
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How should “to + verb + to + verb” be interpreted?

Do not attempt to adjust, repair, or try to fix the device. I think it's somewhat ambiguous. Which interpretation is correct for the example above? Do not attempt to adjust to fix the device. ...
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What does “briefing provisions” mean in this context?

Meeting will be conducted by the manager, specific to the scheduled operations and in compliance with the approved manual, briefing provisions. Does it mean "... with the approved manual, which ...
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Does “sickness” have the same meaning as “vomitus”?

On our high speed trains paper bags are provided to collect garbage. The following is printed on the bags: This may be used for waste or sickness According to the Chinese words on the bags, '...
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What does “Get on to somewhere” mean?

I was watching a movie (Fences) when I noticed that the actors kept using this phrasal verb "get on to/get on down to" when I searched up the meaning online I couldn't find anything besides what I ...
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what is an abstract activity? [closed]

Could somebody explain to me what an abstract activity is? I have looked in several dictionaries but it is not clear. I mean in a general sense, nothing to do with computer science! Is it something ...
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What does “their own qualifications” refer in this context?

The manager is responsible for the following: The designation of persons working under his or her supervision. Their own qualifications for working with the type of firearms being used. ...
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What is the meaning of 'live a little' and 'I am not feeling it anymore'?

I heard these 2 phrases from Netflix, but I did not find exact explanations of them. Could anyone tell me how to use these phrases? Thanks a lot.
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What does “hot” mean in this context?

If serial numbers are altered, the gun becomes "hot", and selling, transferring, or purchasing such a weapon is considered illegal. . Once the gun has been loaded, the gun is to be considered "...
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The correct way of using “as”

Is it grammatically correct to use the preposition "as" in a comparative manner? For example: I want the badges to be placed in the exact same position as in these images.
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What is the meaning of “I don't like what the President is doing any more than you do.”?

Does it mean that "I don't like what the President is doing just the same as you don't like what the President is doing"?
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What's the meaning of “mellow mama”?

What's the meaning of "mellow mama" in this description? I found this expression in a recipe book, but I don't understand what it means: Pulling from the inspiration of a green goddess dressing, ...
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Cute, beautiful, pretty [closed]

Is the following "formula" about girls true? pretty = beautiful or cute I mean beautiful > cute but for "pretty" there is override with both.
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What does it mean to 'pipe'?

On the first poem of his book Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake wrote: Piping down the valleys wild, piping songs of pleasant glee, on a cloud I saw a child, and he ...
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What is it called if a thing have different descriptions of the same phenomena?

Does anyone know what it is called when a thing have different descriptions of the same phenomena? Some would say it would be called "paradoxical", but that would be if a thing had opposite ...
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Subject-complement agreement - a member of a committee vs members of a committee

I wonder if there is any difference between the following two sentences? They are a member of a committee. They are members of a committee.
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The usage of “pay off” phrase

What is a correct way of using "pay off" phrase? Your hard work is paying off. vs. Your hard work is paid off. I thought that the one correct way is the second, because I thought "pay off" should ...
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“Take a whole day up.” What does it mean [closed]

What is the meaning of: to take a whole day up.
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Meaning of “At best”

Not surprisingly, The Prince, the book in which he spells all this out, has been notorious ever since it was published in 1532. Some people have described it as evil or at best a handbook for ...
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Does “car wash” refer to the location or the action

My friend drove his car through a car wash. In this case, it's hard, especially if you're a non-native speaker, to know if car wash refers to the action or the place where the action is performed. ...
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What is the meaning of flung in this sentence?

The doors to the world have been flung wide open, and the view that’s available is staggering. Upon checking flung - throw, cast or move quickly does not fit with this sentence. staggering deeply ...
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What does “above” mean exactly?

The hill above the river dominated the landscape, which was predominantly flat and barren. I am wondering if above means "next to and at a higher position relative to". Above can mean a lot of ...
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What does “feels be” mean in this context?

She agrees to rescue him, which she feels be ultimately saving herself. Does it mean "She agrees to rescue him, and she feels that saving him is eventually saving herself"? I don't understand how "...
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Can “Only For” mean “Instead”?

"She faked her death to avoid the penalty, only for her desperation to be frustrated as law enforment comes to her door" I paraphrase the original sentence. I hope the change wouldn't make to much ...
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What is a “minute thread”? [closed]

Each caterpillar unravels a single strand of delicate raw silk from its salivary glands and wraps the minute thread thousands of times around its body in a figure of eight pattern.
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What does “forget by the bedside” and “from where” mean in this context?

He forgot by the bedside the strange book from where his prayers were read. Does it mean: Lying on bed, He forgot the strange book. This book is the one which he read his prayers from? I'm not ...
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“Shed some color”

What does the phrase "shed color" mean though? The whole sentence which was a question goes like: Wanna shed some color for you? For your information, the speaker is not a native speaker of ...
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Why is “chortle” considered a synonym for “chuckle”?

Both, the oxford online dictionary and the cambridge online dictionary agree on that "chortle" is a synonym for "chuckle". Cambridge even lists it as the only synonym. https://en.oxforddictionaries....
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What does this “how” do here? [closed]

I can’t get the meaning of “how” in an article. This is from the article column from The Guardian, “Now we know there’s racial bias. The challenge is how to address it” https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/...
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Are “car prices” and “the price of a car” synonymous?

Obviously, "the price of a car" can also mean the price of a car in general, so I am wondering if "car prices" and "the price of a car" are basically synonymous.
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What is “hope hospital”? [closed]

She was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire 12 years ago for her contribution to the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, a charity that provides a range of services for vulnerable ...
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Unusual syntactic use of the word “but”

What does "but" mean here? If we are able to identify two things (a, b) or two occurrences of a thing, there must be some difference between them, otherwise it would make no sense to say that ...
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Meaning of '' amount of something ''

I used ''amount of product'' in two same sentences . I wonder if thees sentences may have two diffrent meaning. He demanded large amount of product. ( product in large quantity ) He demanded ...
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What is the difference- be busy, being busy

What is the difference between 'she is busy' and 'she is being busy' (is the second sentence correct?)
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Can “should be able to” be interpreted as “can”?

A user with this permission should be able to run, upload, and download applications. In the example above, does it mean "a user (...) can run, upload, (...)"? or "a user (...) will be able to ...