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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 words best fit as substitution for “viable” and “sustain” in this context?

Hesse’s determination to distance himself from the world can be partly explained by his family background. He was born in 1877 in the Black Forest town of Calw into a Pietist family. A dissident ...
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The difference between “risk” and “threat”

Constant threat of attack makes everyday life dangerous here. In certain regions of the world, there is a constant risk of hydrocarbon pollution. Both risk and threat mean the possibility of ...
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Ask about “as ~ as”

which one is correct and used by most people? " There are few things quite as sweet as revenge. " " there's no as sweet thing as revenge"
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What does “sagged” mean in this sentence?

What does sagged mean when we talk about someone who committed suicide by putting rod across two doors? "The rod was flat on one side, and both doors sagged, dragging and then resting upon the ...
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What is the meaning of 'top my prop'?

I am reading the book Aloft by ChangeRae Lee and it contains the sentence: She could easily float my boat, top my prop,crank up the generators. I found the meaning of 'float my boat', but not the ...
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Please explain 'if and how' and how paraphrase it

Please explain 'if' and how paraphrase it. Now, researchers aim to learn if and how animals can really enjoy their lives.
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What does “The grass is greener on the other side” mean? [closed]

The grass is greener on the other side. Can you guys explain this sentence?
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Phrasing of an instragram post [closed]

I have an account on Instagram. It’s everything about hair, like new haircuts or new hairstyles and I want to say something like this to make followers send their photos to me so I can post it on my ...
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Question regarding meaning of “spell out” [closed]

There was an unearthly quality to the atmosphere inside the Frieze New York art fair, like the air in a plane—still but pressurized, with an unsettling hum—when the fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh ...
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Is a forthcoming novel always an published one? [closed]

There was an unearthly quality to the atmosphere inside the Frieze New York art fair, like the air in a plane—still but pressurized, with an unsettling hum—when the fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh ...
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Paraphrase of “all of life has been a farce”, etc [closed]

In her collection of short stories, “Homesick for Another World,” a little girl is convinced that a hole will open up in the earth and take her straight to paradise, if only she murders the right ...
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What “Did I do this” refers to?

There was an unearthly quality to the atmosphere inside the Frieze New York art fair, like the air in a plane—still but pressurized, with an unsettling hum—when the fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh ...
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What is the use of “already” in this text? Is it referring to always or just now?

From an article in The New Yorker by Ariel Levy: There was an unearthly quality to the atmosphere inside the Frieze New York art fair, like the air in a plane—still but pressurized, with an ...
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Can we use “performing” instead of “enactment” in this text?

There was an unearthly quality to the atmosphere inside the Frieze New York art fair, like the air in a plane—still but pressurized, with an unsettling hum—when the fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh ...
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what is the meaning of 'Return Along' in this sentence?

what is the meaning of 'Return Along' in this sentence? price decisions are one of the most important decisions of management because it affects profitability and the companies’ return along ...
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“I am four or five in”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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“ten minutes out”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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Meaning of 'Contour' in the sentence

What does 'Contour' mean in this sentence? 'Contours of the deal favour a particular private defence company' Does 'contour' here mean features?
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what is the meaning of 'to be charged' in this sentence? [closed]

Within the possible sacrifices, there is the financial sacrifice, which is translated by the price to be charged or actually paid by the buyer.
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What does this mean? “…which move through an otherwise empty space.”

This notion of continuity in existence became more concrete a century later in the work of Leucippus and Democritus, who advanced the theory that all matter is composed of eternal, indivisible atoms ...
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what is the exact meaning of this sentence? [closed]

Could someone please tell me the meaning of this sentence? Value establishment can be defined as the offer of benefits of equal or superior value to the sacrifices incurred by the purchaser for a ...
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What does “Is Dorothy Grossbaum good for five dollars?” mean?

I'm reading The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (4th edition) and there is one sentence that I just don't get: ... Ben’s father died in 1903, the porcelain business faltered, and the family ...
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What does “bleached out” mean in this context?

Against a blue background the white fairytale castle logo of Walt Disney Pictures. The castle is bleached out by a white flash, and an arc of light encircles it. (source) This is a line from a ...
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What's the meaning of 'to take bullshit'?

And I love you, I don't love nobody else, yeah Tell them they can take that bullshit elsewhere Another phrase I cannot to understand. How I undestand he lets a media to tell about it in their ...
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What are the differences between “their country” and “their own country”? [closed]

What are the differences between "their country" and "their own country"?
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What does “crushing” mean in the sentence? [closed]

What does "crushing" mean in the sentence "Instagram has been crushing these past few years as the popularity of Facebook has dropped significantly"
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does the superior value mean value added? [closed]

in this sentence, does the superior value mean value added? by the way this paper is all about economic and marketing The superior value proposal represents an offer for the customers which ...
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What is the meaning of the answer “I suppose so.” to the question “You won't be here tomorrow?”?

The following is an example from Swan's Practical English Usage (515.2) You won't be here tomorrow? I don't suppose so. I understand the answer "I don't suppose so" is the same as I don't ...
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What are the connotations of the word “pedantry”?

This is a request of help for the connotations of a word If native speakers hear the word, pedantry, does it assume an air of showy, academically pompous, impudent impression to them? Would this ...
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I'm visiting Tokyo now

If someone says, "I'm visiting Tokyo now," does it mean they are already in Tokyo?
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The meaning of “that is neither here nor there.” [closed]

And Paul said to me: “Serve Caesar. You are not canvas I can cut to advantage at present. But if you serve Caesar you will be obeying at least some sort of law.” He talked as though I were a ...
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explain the need of bold word in sentence [closed]

e-com firms engaged in business-to-business transactions using the marketplace model — one where a firm sets up an enabling IT platform to facilitate trade between sellers and buyers. What meaning ...
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What does it mean 'to hit a switch on someone '?

My woman claiming that I switched on her Only 'cause I hit a switch on her She wasn't really good at keeping up I don't understand what it means to hit a switch on her, if I get the previous ...
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What word would you suggest as a substitution to “directed” in this passage?

In 1923, Hesse settled in Switzerland, where he had been living for the past ten years and remained until his death in 1962. There he adopted a stance of detachment from political struggles, which he ...
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Can you paraphrase the last two sentences of this passage please?

Hesse’s sheltered lifestyle could hardly serve as an inspiration for the European intellectuals to whom he directed his writings in the interwar years. Dropping out of society is impractical when ...
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What does it mean 'to have a day for someone'?

Need to quit the sipping syrup, 'fore you in the dirt Remember that's why they said they got a day for Yams As you can see it's from a rap song, and I can't find the meaning of 'to have a day ...
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Pronoun “it” in “Did it serve any impulse?”

In 1923, Hesse settled in Switzerland, where he had been living for the past ten years and remained until his death in 1962. There he adopted a stance of detachment from political struggles, which he ...
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What substitution can we use instead of “positive” in “positive content”?

In 1923, Hesse settled in Switzerland, where he had been living for the past ten years and remained until his death in 1962. There he adopted a stance of detachment from political struggles, which he ...
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The question “Same again?”

If it starts to rain just as you have to leave your house, that is unfortunate. But if you have to go out, apart from putting on a raincoat or getting your umbrella, or cancelling your appointment,...
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What does “subject to” mean in this sentence?

I'm reading a book and found this sentence. Bitcask offers high-performance reads and writes, subject to the requirement that all the keys fit in the available RAM, since the hash map is kept ...
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The meaning of “choice Anglo-Saxon” & “to-do”

The following is a quote from the 2018 television show "The ABC Murders". A sergeant was describing an altercation involving a set of dentures: Yes, sir, the miscreant being one Herbert "Humpy" ...
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What do 'timing' and 'a timing meltdown' mean in this sentence?

I have some trouble in getting the exact meaning of 'a timing meltdown' in this sentence. Here it is: The doorbell rang, and Mum flapped her hands. ‘There he is. Lou, why don’t you start ...
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The meaning of a line: you'd Chuck the whole sorry lot of them

It's the word from Insp. Japp in ABC Murder,when Hercule Poirot talked about the letters from abc. Now, if you were busy, you'd see these for what they are--nasty, cruel people, and some mad bloke ...
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Meaning of 'Or What', 'What it takes to be'

I'm learning english using 'Phineas and Ferb'. This situation is before introducing some auditions(like American idol), there is one singing tone-def person. After singing, the dj was like, ...
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Should I take a look to see if there are?

Should I take a look to see if there are the people who raise dogs ? Q: In the above sentence, can I replace "should" with "would"? thanks in advance!
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What is the meaning of given quote - When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes [closed]

I wonder what is the meaning of this quote, It seems nothing is there. Or I am not understading. Thank you When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise ...
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How many “reps” of each exercise do you do?

What does "reps" mean in this sentence? "How many reps of each exercise do you do?"
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What does “the most widely translated 20th-century” mean in this passage? [closed]

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse ...
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Meaning of hippie “drop out” philosophy

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse ...
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Can you paraphrase the highlighted part of passage please? [closed]

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse ...