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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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“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 ...
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Are “populist” and “policy” synonymous?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: The opposition parties on Sunday demanded that the Bhartiya Janta Party led state government should refrain from making populist or policy decisions. ...
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What is 'it' in 'hold it' command?

Why you say 'Hold it.' what means 'Stop.'. What does 'it' means in this command?
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What does “we know will” mean? [closed]

XX's deep experience makes them a partner we know will benefit from the innovative services we provide for our clients XX is a name of a company, and does it mean "XX's deep experience makes ...
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What is the meaning of the word mapping in this sentence?

In the book titled What the Future and Why It's up To Us by Tim O'Reilly there is a line as follows: How can we all become better at mapping future trends? Here a keyword in this sentence is the ...
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“Starve to death” Vs. “Starve to the point of death”

About a year ago, I had an on-line friend, a native speaker, chatting with me. When I sent a message to him saying: I'm starving to the point of death. He rephrased that as: I'm starving to ...
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What does “be not for turning” mean?

It is from this article. "But what about the money?" I press on. "Going by your declaration, it's going to take 10 years for you to earn the registration fee - let alone to pay it back." Yuriy's ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “load on a factor”?

I have come across it in this article Among these remaining 42 motives for kissing, 23 loaded on a factor the researchers labeled goal attainment/insecurity — motives related to “attaining ...
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What does “a lesser degree” mean?

Workers may prefer a tray that matches with paper sizes, which vary based on the business and to a lesser degree the operational requirements of a company. Does the bold part mean "the paper ...
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What does 'Can you tell us about a time you had to close a particularly challenging deal' mean?

I can't understand the meaning of had to close a deal. Does 'time' has other meaning in this sentence?
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three books and notebooks

a. Three books and notebooks were on the floor. Does that mean that there were either one book and two notebooks or two notebooks and one book on the floor? Is the sentences grammatically correct? ...
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What is the meaning of “dehyphenate”?

I read a sentence in The hindu which was: Although this approach has allowed India to eschew involvement in regional disputes and dehyphenate relations with regional rivals... What is the meaning ...
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Why the speaker did not use “to” after “want”?

First of all, I don't know the sentence exactly so it may be one of them : It's hardest nails for me to want not do anything about it. It's hard as nails for me to want not do anything about it. I ...
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What does “south of due west” mean?

I was solving an astronomy problem which said "south of due west." This could be interpreted in two different ways and I don't know which one is correct. Is 'south of' in that phrase an idiom? Or does ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “be keyed upon something”?

It is from this video. It is at 6 minute and 40 second. Here is the context: But for those who have been, maybe, keyed upon this stuff or heard us discuss it before, or kind of tracking this ...
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meaning- a cat is a suck

People say this when a cat likes cuddling, eg. he's a big suck. I don't know the exact meaning. I couldn't find an appropriate meaning from dictionaries. Or maybe I'm looking up the wrong word (...
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Take a Chance VS Grab a Chance

When I looked for the meaning of "take a chance", it seems like it involves risks. Macmillan says: to do something even though it involves risk So I think it's similar to take a risk. Then ...
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Use of assimilate vs imitate in a sentence

Today I took an English test , in which I was asked to choose between assimilate and imitate as a word which closely resembles the phrase ‘to make a copy of’. I chose assimilate , because in my ...
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“labour is something happens to them rather than with them” meaning?

Childbirth is an important transitional life event, but one in which many women are dissatisfied stemming in part from a sense that labour is something that happens to them rather than with them. ...
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Corrosive skepticism

In Nietzsche's Genealogy on Morals, I found the expression corrosive skepticism. But it was against precisely these instincts that there spoke from me an ever more fundamental mistrust, an ever ...
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What does “don't have a baby” imply or mean in this sentence?

This is really, really confusing as the literal meaning of "don't have a baby" — being pregnant or give birth to a child — does not fit the context at all. My guesses are: Don't act like a baby, be ...
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What't the meaning of “thrive on” in this context? [closed]

I found this sentence in a book about anxiety and how to treat it. The author here is speaking about the fight-or-flight response of human body (see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight-or-...
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Meaning of 'makes up time' and the meaning of whole phrase

Please explain the meaning of 'makes up' using with time and the meaning of whole phrase here. It is the pursuit of your goals -- not the reaching of them -- that makes up the weeks, days and ...
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Difference between adjective+noun and noun+adjective

It was a speech calculated to appeal to the unions. I encountered this sentense on the internet and got a question that how the sentence will change its meaning or nuance if the noun and adjective ...
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“has written two essays this morning” vs “has been writing an essay all morning”

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences? John has written two essays this morning. John has been writing an essay all morning. The police sergeant has interviewed two people ...
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Can “so” express a reason not a result?

Going through customs to leave a country can sometimes be very frustrating. First she was asked why she was not rolling her carryon. The handle got stuck when she got off the car so she had been ...
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Does “development” also mean “action”? [closed]

Many products utilize buttons in their design, which must go through intensive development. I think the sentence makes sense if I interpret "development" as "action", and the meaning of the ...
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What does “as such” mean in this sentence?

These are used on medical devices to ensure secure leak-free connections and as such require rigorous testing. I looked up a dictionary, and the meaning was: as being what is indicated or ...
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What does paperwork mean in this sentence?

What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. — Pearl Bailey (United States singer 1918-1990) One teacher said, paperwork in this sentence meant marriage certificate. But I’m not ...
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What does Tee hee mean?

https://www.lingq.com/lesson/lesson-27-using-humor-in-a-speech-431422/ COMEDIAN: The easiest way to find out if your speech is funny is to practice on people before you make it. If it’s not funny, ...
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Meaning of '…some people recover from severe pain while others have long-term pain.'

I feel in a sense that it is a comparison, but 'severe pain' is not 'long-term pain' and accordingly the end of the sentence is extra. So I find this as a strange comparison. Could you clarify what's ...
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What does “so much the more thereby” mean?

This is These Are The Clouds, a poem by William Butler Yeats: THESE are the clouds about the fallen sun, The majesty that shuts his burning eye: The weak lay hand on what the strong has ...
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You got me confused with sb else..what usage of “get” is that?

In a movie I have just watched, the following sentence appeared after a guy was kidnapped: Guys, you got me confused with somebody else.. I understand that but at the same time, I am not sure what ...