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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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'set in' 'coming out of' 'got out' 'those' cause difficulties in context

PLease, explain meanings of all indicated words and phrases? set in one year coming out of winter into spring - I can not understand the meaning both indicated words and the whole phrase. got out his ...
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Meaning “Make don't hate”?

I have a jumper that says "Make Don't Hate". What does it mean? "Make Don't" is in the first line. "Hate." in the second one.
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What's the meaning difference between “off John Does” and “of the John Does”?

This is from the movie "Meet John Doe" (1941) ("John does" means people like "John Doe") "Everybody is gonna cut himself a nice fat slash off John Does, eh?" But, another script says: "...
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“In the East” vs “at the East”, what's the difference?

This is from The Company Man from Herman Melville: "Not personally. I but happened to hear that he was a passenger. For the rest, though it might be somewhat informal, the gentleman might not ...
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What does the phrase “be X to Y” mean?

This comes from The Company Man from Herman Melville: "Have you no charity, friend?" here in self-subdued tones, singularly contrasted with his unsubdued person, said a Methodist minister, ...
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What does “stakeholders on” mean? [on hold]

PR and Communications services to stakeholders on subway operations Does it mean: "Provide (...) services to (stakeholders of subway operations) or "Provide (...) services to (stakeholders) about ...
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Does “visits” mean number of times or number of people?

500,000 patient visits by 2020 It is a text in an infographic, and the position is exactly as above. The number is located above, and the rest is located below. I think "visits" mean number of ...
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What does “maintain a legacy” mean?

To deliver sporting competitions, as well as maintain a legacy for residents and tourists, a variety of services are required. I looked up a dictionary if legacy could be interpreted as "facilities"...
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Are “whereunto”, “in which” and “whereto” all synonymous?

This comes from Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity By Andrew Bennett: Let us conclude with the dignity and excellency of knowledge and learning in that whereunto man's nature doth most ...
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How can you use the word “stupid” as a noun?

How can you use the word "stupid" with the article as a noun? Stupid Wikipedia has the meaning (noun informal).
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Is it idiomatic to say “I'm with development team?”

I saw in many US movies, people say I'm with the fbi, so is it idiomatic to say: I'm with the development team. I heard you have changed team, are you with the infrastructure team now?
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Meaning of “interrupt time off”

He interrupts time off to deal with a troubled horse. What does "interrupt time off" mean here?
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Who are 'those' and following part of speech in context?

As I understand 'those' here are 4% from the 1,000 participants. Am I right? If so why do they add 'under dark skies'? Is it necessary to understand why are 'those'? What a part of speech is 'under ...
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What does “vs. XX, vs XX” mean?

The best design showed a 110% increase in click-throughs vs. the control design, and was projected to deliver a gain of between 80 and 120%, once deployed. The program delivered a gain of 5%—this ...
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Difference in meaning between “She supped up her soup” and “She supped on her soup”?

What is the difference in meaning between "She supped up her soup" and "She supped on her soup" ? Does "She supped up her soup" mean "She ate the soup completely"? Does "She supped on her soup" mean ...
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Are “as of yet”, “as yet” and “yet” all synonymous?

This comes from Paradise Now from April D. De Conick: But if there be any as yet unfit to be called a son of God, let him press to take his place under God's Firstborn, the Word, who holds ...
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What does it exactly mean to say “In XXX, we have YYY”?

In XXX(country name) we have very affordable colleges. Does it mean "Colleges in XXX are very affordable" or "In XXX, there are some colleges that are very affordable"?
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What does “adult choice” mean?

Phillip Morris has very strong values, although we might not agree with them—for instance, the value of “adult choice.” The meanings of "adult" and "choice" are clear, but I think "adult choice" ...
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This 'that' is a relative pronoun or a pronoun?

I want to know if 'that' of 'that identified with ~' is a relative pronoun or a pronoun in the next sentence. And the exact meaning of 'identify with', too. ....The problem was that the part involved ...
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“Having nothing to do” - possible?

I have just read an example: Having nothing to do, he decided... What meaning does HAVE in this case have? I mean, I get the meaning but it is not true possession. The same question would I ask ...
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What structure is that - “They are getting more and more applicants wanting to join them”

In this structure: "They are getting more and more applicants wanting to join them". What is that? Is it the participle? Is it the "get sb doing" clause?
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What does “therewith constitute” mean?

This comes from Religion and Culture: Essays in Honor of Bernard Lonergan, S. J. by Bernard J. F. Lonergan: For Frankl's conception of the will to meaning as correlated questioning and answering ...
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What does “such, so, eventually” mean?

This excerpt comes from Birds New to Britain and Ireland by J.T.R. Sharrock: In 1980, after due deliberation (including a survey of all known European records), the BOU Records Committee accepted ...
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What does “walk off something” means?

I’m going for a long walk off a short pier I suppose this sentence means that the speaker is going to walk along a pier. Is "a walk off" here means a casual walk? Or maybe preposition "off" has a ...
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What does wide-rolling mean?

This excerpt come from A Romance of the South Seas by Herman Melville Six months at sea! Yes, reader, as I live, six months out of sight of land; cruising after the sperm-whale beneath the ...
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Could you explain the Instrumental case for words used with 'to justify'

Could you explain the Instrumental case to say such pfrases like that - Do not justify your laziness that you are smart. or from your sorce - Intelligent idlers justify their idleness to ...
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What does it mean by “in craftsmanship”

In an article about Bach, the author wrote: No one ever showed so many ingenious and unusual ideas as he in elaborate pieces such as ordinarily seem dry exercises in craftsmanship. I could ...
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“It takes a few years off from life” vs “It takes few years off your life”

We’ve all seen that happen: One person cannot seem to get the confi dence back after a layoff; another, persistently depressed, takes a few years off from life after her divorce. It seems that ...
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What does “in a sandpaper-dry kind of way” mean?

He was the quintessential newsman: cynical at times, but unrelentingly curious and full of life, and often hilariously funny in a sandpaper-dry kind of way. Could you tell me please what it means?...
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'justify their idleness to their intelligence' Why 'to'?

What is the difference if I would say - justify something by something, instead of - justify something to something. Would it better say - justify something to somebody. Why here the author used ...
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Are “on” and “about” absolute synonyms?

Are these two sentences synonymous? I need your advice on this issue. I need your advice about this issue. Do they exactly mean the same thing? Or are there slight nuances between the two ...
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What does “state equivalents” mean?

The Emergency Plan should meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 and state equivalents. Does it mean "a requirement that is used as an equivalent one in a specific state"?
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What does “account” mean in this context?

Procedures to Account for Workers Managers are responsible for accounting for all workers in their department. He/She shall report anyone unaccounted for to the emergency department via radio....
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“as…as it gets” Vs. “as…as can be”

This village is as peaceful as it gets. This village is as peaceful as it can be. This village is as peaceful as any can be. Why they are all different, especially first and second?
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grammatical accuracy and meaning of the given sentences

How good are you at doing things when you're put on the spot? How good are you at doing something when you're put on the spot? Is the second one grammatically incorrect? What's the difference in the ...
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Understand “work” in “they don't work either”

I saw this tweet and tried to understand it: My daughter asked me if Socialism doesn't work, why do people support it? I said because they don't work either. Per my understanding, in the first ...
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What does 'boo' mean in the popular gif “boo this man”? [closed]

I found a lot of people tweet about "boo this man" gif. What does it mean? Thanks
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What is the meaing of “be off on someone”?

Here is the context: Introduce yourself to people who you don't want to date but you are willing to. Here are my reasons: one, you may be off on someone who you think is right for you. Open all the ...
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Meaning of “Make a declaration that”

There are two sentences below . I think both of them has same meaning . But i have some doubt about second one. Does it gives same meaning? if you say yes please explain. The court declared that ...
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What does “from connected to” exactly mean?

From connected to cloud, this scanner series is easy to setup and integrate with any environment. It seems something is omitted here. Does it mean "this scanner series which is connected to cloud" ...
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Translation of English sentence

What is the meaning of this sentence, "Not all sentence-equivalence questions are so vocabulary dependent but you can expect quite a few to require knowledge of very advanced words." I could ...
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What is this woman saying? [closed]

I cannot get what she says in the audio track: http://s9.picofile.com/d/8351599092/2f362c97-d44d-4aa7-acfb-f1503cbb7d9c/Untitled_01.m4a How can I understand such a quick speaking, in general?
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What does “the circle of the stars” mean?

When I removed into the country, it was to occupy an old-fashioned farm-house, which had no piazza—a deficiency the more regretted, because not only did I like piazzas, as somehow combining the ...
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Does this mixture make any sense - “one part irony to one part convention”?

Could you explaine 'one part irony to one part convention' more fully since I don't understand even an official russian book translation ('ирония пополам с условностями') of this. My question is not ...
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What does “extend yourself some love” mean?

There’s ... no shame in being able to cut yourself some slack, to extend yourself some love during those times at work when things don’t feel so great. extend oneself: to do things that require ...
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Why does the phrase “drop dead gorgeous” mean “very gorgeous”?

I came across the phrase Drop Dead Gorgeous which means very gorgeous or good-looking. Why does the above phrase have this meaning? How do the given words relate to the meaning?
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The meaning of “find up and down the church”

And, as the singing began, all the people who were in the pews within the wall came out of them and streamed through the archway into the nave. They took what places they could find up and down ...
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Could I use “This fits” with this meaning?

I would like to know if I could use "This fits" with the meaning of "It wasn't the best option, but it's ok, it'll work" Example: Person 1: Hey! Is there an air conditioner here? Person 2: ...
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If golden describes something that has the appearance of gold, why “golden paper” sounds odd? [duplicate]

I am trying hard to understand how to properly determine the difference. A gold watch. --A watch that is made of gold A golden watch --A watch that looks like and could be made of gold But why then ...
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Is “pour off” as a phrasal verb?

What is the meaning of the following sentence? Is "pour off" a phrasal verb? Water poured off the roof.