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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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which one is professional In-depth understanding or complete understanding?

to describe someone is good at a specific scientific or technical domain, we could say he(or she) has In-depth understanding or complete understanding. the question is, which one is to imply that he(...
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Here in the context below I use past and future tense together in one sentence. Is it wrong?

Do watch this movie. It won't leave you disappointed and the closure of this film truly lived up to the expectation.
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is “learn about company” a appropriate way to imply the meaning of “get info”?

in the job interview, i would like to get some info about the company, such as, how many people in the department that i would join. I could ask the interviewer like this "how many people in your ...
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He is the first man to arrive here

He is the first man to arrive here. I'm confused what this sentence means. I think it could mean either of the options below according to context, like He is the first man who is going to arrive ...
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Why you say 'ran **at** the column' but 'flung herself **against** the transparent door'

Why you say 'ran at the column' or 'flung herself against the transparent door' or go/come to somewere? Why everywere prepositions serve as an indication of direction but the prepositions are ...
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Using comma before participles

As far as I know, when two action happen at the same time, I can combine these two sentence into one sentence by using participle form for the one of the actions. The thing what I am trying to ask ...
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break up or break down?

I am learning from the MIT course Introduction to Algorithms. The professor says: And what you've done is break this matrix up into half the size. in the context of what the professor is talking ...
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What does the word “popping” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a match-three game: In all levels, you've got tasks to complete – such as popping a certain number of blue dots. I am not sure about the meaning of the word popping here. ...
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“Few” after possessive adjectives: “He sold his few books”

When you say: He sold his few books. Does it mean he sold a few books or he sold few books? If it means few books, should I say: He sold his some books. to mean he actually had some books?
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What's the meaning of called in “called X a slur”?

Looked at the definitions of called, but there are a lot of them. The one that seemed to make the most sense was the following definition: To designate; label: Nobody calls me a liar. For ...
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“during which time” Vs “during which”

Jackson said the blackout lasted several minutes, during which time he felt no pain, even though he had fallen and hurt himself very badly. Jackson said the blackout lasted several minutes, ...
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Question about a confusing sentence structure

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby ...
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What's the meaning of “ turning the water back on me”

It's a quote from the HBO drama Gentleman Jack The speaker came up with the idea below after inspecting her coal pit. -So there I am, knee-deep in water, and it struck me that I ought to add ...
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Difference between Custom and Convention

What is the difference between Custom and Convention. For example: It is a custom in India to give money as a blessing on marriages. It is conventional in many societies that strangers ...
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What does “to have something built” mean?

This case is waiting to have pages built It's a UI sentence, and what does "to have pages built"? Does it mean that "this case is waiting for the pages to be built"?
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What's the meaning of “He's trade through and through”

Here are the quotes from HBO's drama Gentleman Jack : A-He makes carpets, John Abbott. B-Wool, yes, probably. A-Either way, he's trade through and through. You're going to have to put the ...
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“coming out of the head”

A character in the movie The Kingdom says: They celebrated her graduation at the IHOP until some townie called Janet something. I don't know, something not very nice. So the townie didn't see Fran ...
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Which one follow a normal distribution?

I am learning this course. The professor is saying: While doing this, he developed the concepts of correlation and regression, and a connection to pairs of data that follow a normal ...
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What does “to be last in someone's line” mean?

In a social media post, the following was written: Dude, where are you? At the hostel, studying dad Where are you? At the beer shop, I'm last in your line. Buy two beers for me too. 😲 ok dad I ...
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On the use of “on” within “he goaded her on to more daring revelations”

According to the ODE, to goad means: provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction. Yet, I find it quite difficult to understand its meaning within: He goaded her on to ...
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Meaning of “work with shame”

Sanderson has used extensive reading and clinical experience to develop a resource that will help counsellors, and I suspect their clients, to work with shame, rather than avoiding it. From ...
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What does the phrase “that we does not receive payment for” mean?

Qualifying booking excludes a travel booking canceled by the traveler, resulting from fraudulent or other illegal activity, or that we does not receive payment for. What does "that we does not ...
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What does “complete” mean in this context?

This offer only applies to the members who make hotel bookings through our travel page and complete their travel. Does "complete" mean finish? Does it mean "this offer only applies to the member ...
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“Nothing remains to be done” meaning

I sent an email to my professor, requesting him to work on an action item pending his reply. The response I got is Nothing remains to be done. Professor X I found this a little confusing. ...
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What is the meaning behind this sentence?

The sentence is “ I thought you might like this” Is the meaning of this - that I thought but you do not like it, or it just represents that in the past moment someone thought you might like it?
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What does ingrowth mean exactly?

The definition states: The act of growing inward or into. So "vegetable ingrowth" can mean vegetables or part of a vegetable that grew into a hole? What are the other meaning that "growing inward" ...
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Is ‘understand’ a noun in the sentence below?

Now the teacher plays the tapes or reads the text again, pausing after every sentence to check the students understand. Is ‘understand’ a noun in the sentence above?
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what does “allow something to be explored” mean?

I am leaning this post The factors which consistently affect accuracy are those which directly or indirectly (as in the handling of continuous attributes) allow a greater number and variety of ...
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Verb - Using the verb Playing in context - Question

Overwatch league is an event based off the game overwatch, I knew what Overwatch was but not the event. So my friend said to me: "They're playing Overwatch league at the laundry mat" (In a ...
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What does “soaring heights” mean?

As Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) guides the glee club to soaring heights, his personal life grows increasingly complicated, his nemesis Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) devises new ways to derail the ...
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What is the difference between ‘wash up’ and ‘wash’?

My clothes were dirty, so I must go and wash. Can I replace ‘wash’ by ‘wash up’? What is the difference between ‘wash up’ and ‘wash’?
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What is the meaning of “in a white light”?

What is the meaning of "in a white light" in the following sentences, Long long ago an Emperor lived in China. His name was Ming Ti. And the Emperor had a son. His name was Ming Cho. One day ...
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goofing it up, got herself up

What do following phrases goofing it up and got herself up mean and what is the function of up here? When she tried to be a person she came pretty close to goofing it up. There was never anybody ...
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What does **reluctant, eager** mean together here?

What does reluctant, eager mean together here? As I translate these terms are opposite separately. And where is the main verb here after the subject? Could someone explain grammar of Meg reluctant, ...
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What does **pulled at** mean here?

What does pulled at mean here? Meg pulled at him. ‘Mrs Whatsit said for us to go on into the town.’ another piece: ‘Come on.’ Meg pulled at them. How many times was it she had urged ...
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What does 'butted up' mean here:

What does 'butted up' mean here: At the tone of Mrs Whatsit’s voice, both warning and frightening, Meg shivered again. And Charles Wallace butted up against Mrs Whatsit in the way he often did ...
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I have never seen her wear trousers. Why not use ‘she’ instead of ‘her’?

I see a sentence in my book: I have never seen her wear trousers. And I think we should use she instead of ‘her’. Am I right?
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What is the meaning of ‘It really is time that you had that fence repaired.’?

Why not say: It really is time that you have that fence repaired? What is the difference between ‘had that fence repaired’ and ‘have that fence repaired’?
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What is the meaning of ‘at a loss what to say’? [closed]

I see this sentence in my book: The Ambassador, who was at a loss what to say, went out angrily. What is the meaning of ‘at a loss what to say’?
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A period after a question mark

I read something written by a native, reliable English speaker, where he ended his sentence and question with a question mark followed by a period. What he wrote: [Some preceding text] If you were ...
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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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What does “labeling music with explicit language” mean?

In the following text what does labeling music with explicit language mean? The executive pointed out that Apple isn't getting into the parenting business. He says that there are no standards for ...
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What does “below” mean in this context?

We appreciate the opportunity to address Mr. XX complaint below. What does "below" mean? Does it mean "the complaint written below" or "We appreciate the opportunity to address it below (which means ...
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what is the difference between “that shirt looks good on you” & “you look good in that shirt”?

I often hear people say "you look good in that shirt" But recently, I have heard a native speaker say "that shirt looks good on you". So: what is the difference between "that shirt looks good on ...
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Using “the more you do” at the beginning and end of a sentence

Can I use this form? Are those sentences grammatically correct? I understand them perfectly but not sure about the grammar construction. 1- You can understand this subject better the more you read ...
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What does the word “sideways” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an instruction passage of a game: A sideways swipe will see the main character change direction or pull off a speedy mid-air dash I am not sure if the word sideways means ...
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What does the word “stat” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a golf app's description: This ball's Level 3 sidespin stat makes the most of a strong tailwind. I know the lexical meaning of the word "stat", but cannot figure out its ...
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does “organic” in “advertising and organic search results” mean smart or intelligently?

i am learning this post, which says As a part of Yelp’s mission to connect people with great local businesses, we help businesses reach potential customers through advertising and organic ...
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Always wanted + when + (past simple or present simple)

Watching a tv-series I saw this line : 1- "I always wanted to be there when they execute your sister" (Context: The owner of this line now believes the execution to be a small chance.) I ...