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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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Why “there is to know” when “you know everything else”?

I have trouble figuring out the exact meaning of the sentence. I could get that the person says this because he is cross with the girl for making decision without even the courtesy to consult him ...
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“food to cook” meaning

She spends the next hour and a half preparing food to cook. From 6:30 to 8:30, she cooks. Does food to cook equal food which is to be cooked. What's the grammar? Any other examples?
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What does 'explanatory foil' mean?

What does 'explanatory foil' mean? Ortony's construct of linguistic metaphor (1975) as an explanatory foil. Article: 'Meaning and visual metaphor' by Hermine Feinstein
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Meaning of “commit”

No one knows anything – and even that’s not certain. You shouldn’t rely on what you believe to be true. You might be mistaken. Everything can be questioned, everything doubted. The best option, ...
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What did he say in this video ( 1:45- 1:55)

He said " It's perfect, we have so many people wanna to get on rage with you. In a play of you two if you just put your headphones." I am not 100% he is saying the last words IN a play of you too ? ...
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What is he saying in this video ( time frame 18-22 sec)?

I am watching Liam Gallagher and I am trying to translate all he's sayinng but I am not too sure what is he saying in the 18-22second I think he is saying " Should I tell you what get on my thinkings?...
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How is it possible to ask about who he/she said this word?

I want to ask this question: Suppose I know that Tom said something about Lisa, but I don't know who he said it to. So now I want to ask who Tom was talking to when he said this thing. Which one is ...
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past form question

In the last 1 month, how many times did you go to a restaurant and spent more than $150 on yourself and/or others? Does it mean: (How many times did you go to a restaurant) and (how many times did ...
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once-beautiful meaning

I am wondering to know the once-beautiful meaning where I could not find its meaning in the dictionary or internet! The once-beautiful building was now dirty, decrepit, and roofless.
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What did she “cut in” and what does “my cutting in” mean in this sentence?

This is really confusing, as I looked the whole chapter not finding anything she cut off or out or whatever,nor did she interrupt anyone. I could understand the whole passage except this "cutting in", ...
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“We took turns in pushing the bike along.” meaning?

I cannot understand the following sentence: We took turns in pushing the bike along. About "take turns" in the dictionary has brought: take turns also take it in turns (British English) if two ...
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What does “these” refer to in this sentence?

They have created traditional works and developed skills that attempt to bring the colors of the moon to life and many of these still remains today. Does "many of these" refer to "traditional ...
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what does it mean “Make a ”U“ At the base of the stairs”

Which way's the VIP green room? Make a "U" At the base of the stairs and then a left at the hallway.
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Phrasing and word usage

"I'm the best from all the crowd See me deeper and scream loud, Catch good vibes and inspiration Feel the power and my relation" This short lyric is a matter of argument between me and the ...
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“How could it hurt?”. Does this sentence have any special meaning other than what it says?

I have been watching a good British drama (Downtown abbey) and this sentence is from that drama. It is from a dialogue between a servant who is waiting for his dismissal and the head of the servants(...
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brain is squirmin' like a toad

Please explain, what does 'squirm like a toad' mean. I've found description which is not helpful at all -" It makes you feel simultaneously friendly towards animals and generally libidinous, which is.....
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Does the word “otherwise” disregard the sentence before it or include it?

I filled out a form for permission to use a branding logo. The reply I received was something like the following: "You may use the icon only if it (does a specific something A). Otherwise, as a ...
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It's appreciated, if not loved

What does this sentence mean? That it's not loved, only appreciated? Or oh my goodness I so appreciate this, I might just love it too! I'm not sure how I should take this. As a slight middle ...
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What does mean “run parallel to”?

In the following sentence, what is the meaning of "runs parallel to"? The street where I live runs parallel to the main road through town. Is it a phrasal verb? (I could not find it in any ...
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What do you call a person who keeps hold on documents/paperwork? [closed]

I am working on my research assignment and it needs me to list down my group mate's jobs on the paper.
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What does “second” mean here and why did Jamie used it here?

This is from Jamie Dimon interview in Stanford: Character is a sine qua non and by character I also mean that they tell the whole truth, nothing but the truth. They do not shape the truth and they ...
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What's the meaning of “feels like the real me”?

I've come across with the phrase below: When have I felt like the real me? I searched online dictionaries but I didn't find anything. So, could you please tell me what the meaning of "feels like ...
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what does “bank” mean here?

Jamie Dimon said in interview at Stanford “ We bank 50 million people on out households and soon we are going to have online investing and robo investing” I am nkt sure if we bank 50 million ...
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What does “spinning” mean here?

Jamie Diamon in his interview in Stanford said “ if I allow spinning to the public, you are going to spin to me” I found spin meaning as confused and several other meanings but I am not sure what does ...
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What's the meaning of “I could use another hand”?

Here are the conversation (a quote from The Marvelous Mrs.Masel) The two characters are preparing for a car to travel, and A is clearing up the backseat of the car. A: This car is unkempt, to say ...
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What does “this time around” mean?

What is the meaning of “this time around” why not just this time . The full sentence is This time around, she wants to get it right! This time around means that it happened before and it will ...
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The meaning of “send round my kit”

He was silent for a few moments evidently thinking of what he could do for Srebnitz. Then he said "Tell your mother and father to change their minds while there is still time. Now I will go and ...
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What's a galaxy question?

I'm watching a MSNBC commentary about Syria war and @6:02 where a guest says: That's a galaxy question What's the meaning of galaxy question? Does it mean the question is off-topic? Or it mean it'...
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He's laying it down?

What's the meaning of: He is laying it down! I'm watching a MSNBC commentary about Syria war and @3:38, which the host is astonished by a truth being told by a guest and said this sentence, so ...
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What does “Gig gamification” and “divide” means in this sentence

today I received an email with topic like this: Gig gamification, a broader digital divide + the fast track to transformation. Microsoft finds a broader digital divide Microsoft recently released the ...
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The grammatical role of “rich” in the following sentence

What is the grammatical role of "rich" in the following sentence and what does mean it? (also why it uses the comma?) In the Pacific Northwest, the high level of precipitation ensures rich, green ...
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meaning of “do” as a substitute verb

"In such situations it is good if you can find a mentor who can guide you appropriately, but when this is not possible even self-coaching will do." Is it OK to write the above sentence like this? ...
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what's COPA? 2 questions bellow

It's a quote from The Marvelous Mrs.Masel A-See that guy over there in the gray suit? Marty Segal. Yesterday, he scored his first Copa gig. Big, big deal. B-He just spilled coffee on his suit....
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What does the compound mean?

Given the general inauthenticity of the names in the Atcs, ir is not surprising that scholars should suggest that the one authentic one gets it right not because of actual historical knowledge ...
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Identify primary topic area from the list provided to which the abstract is best suited

Identify primary topic area from the list provided to which the abstract is best suited The sentence as shown above. I am not sure what's sentence meaning and as it is a clause structure, can we ...
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How to interpret “and”

Please be respectful to fellow employees, partners, and others who work with or on behalf of XXX and XXX’s legitimate business interests. In the example above, I am not sure if the bold part ...
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What does it mean that “The hardline bullies in her party have been shown up for the reckless obsessives they are”?

The sentence above is from the article of Economist(link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/12/13/the-real-lesson-from-theresa-mays-bruising-week). I have a problem reading that sentence, ...
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meaning of the 'promotes begging as therefore desirable'

I am struggling with the meaning of the sentence below in bold. The paragraph is cited from 'Walk on by...' in The Big Think Book. I read its Chinese edition, but find that its translation does not ...
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The meaning of “snatched them out breast-high”

Then he carried on steadying the ironed men (some were slaveringmad) till it was time to unshackle them by fives, and give ’em their chance. The natives made a chain through the surf, and snatched ...
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What does it mean by “clean up its act by pleading poverty”?

"In the past India has explained its failure to clean up its act by pleading poverty, noting that richer countries were once just as dirty and that its output of filth per person still lags far behind ...
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What's the meaning of “get the behavior”?

I've come across with the line below: When we choose the wrong measurement, we get the wrong behavior. As you know "get" is a mulitiple meaning word [1]: RECEIVE OBTAIN BRING BUY MONEY HAVE A ...
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The meaning of “I’m very cheap”?

Woman: I didn't know you were coming back. Man: I wasn't, but I had made an appointment at the hair salon before I left, and they don't do refunds for cancellations. I'm very cheap. What does "I’...
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What does 'divide against' mean?

AFAIU, there's a phrase by Abraham Lincoln (and maybe Bible before that, I'm not sure, but it doesn't matter) 'a house divided against itself cannot stand'. I guess I somewhat understand the meaning ...
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“run over to me”, “run to me” and “run towards me” [closed]

Don't let your dog run over to me. Don't let your dog run to me. Don't let your dog run towards me. What are the differences?
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Why the hood is also called bonnet?

...but where do you go to learn what is under the hood Trying to understand the operating system is unfortunately not as easy as just opening the bonnet So it seems like hood is equivalent to ...
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What does “scoop on” means?

I got an email telling me the following “ The Scoop on can’t-miss sessions at Reinvent event” I guess it means that I can not miss the reinvent event, however I am not sure why do they use scoop on ...
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“Here's the optic”

This is from a documentary film where the narrator talks about putting things in perspective. If you break that down to how many per day or how many per hour, basically what you are getting is the ...
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What does 'supra-textual' mean?

Are there any synonyms of that word? Or a definition? The ‘Snapewives’ or ‘Snapists’ are women who channel Snape, are engaged in romantic relationships with him, and see him as a vital guide ...
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What is the difference between 'build' and build up'?

Is there any difference between 'built up' and 'built' in the following sentences? Does the preposition 'up' add special meaning to the verb 'built' in the first sentence? Thanks in advance.
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Does “walk in” here just mean “enter someplace”?

The full text is from the lines of a comedy TV drama: Because fathers never really know who their daughters are. They don't want to know, do they? It would be terrifying to know who they are ...