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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 does it mean? “She is the last person who you would have down as a cheat.”

I have seen this sentence on a newspaper. It is about a case in which a husband is worried about his wife cheating on him...". Here is sentence: "...I love her so much. I honestly thought she was ...
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What is the the difference between floor and tier?

I checked synonyms of floor - ground, storey, tier, deck, mezzanine. Upon checking the meaning of each one I detected that only tier I am not able to use in sentence where the meaning is floor. I know ...
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What does “client pitch” mean?

Your capacity for empathy, gratitude, and generosity can be cultivated by engaging in simple social behaviors whenever the opportunity presents itself: a team meeting, a client pitch or ...
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'pursue' and 'pursue out of'

As I understand a verb 'pursue' has different meanings here. Am I right or maybe there is one meaming for 'persue' and 'pursue' with 'out of'? Cromlechs and menhirs, flint implements and neolithic ...
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what does “negative fashion” mean?

"In negative fashion, if I can establish that both positions fail for various reasons this would be sufficient to establish the two main theses of hard(-enough) determinism." Free Will and ...
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What's the meaning of “the sugar-sticks of the sweet-stuff women”?

Good gracious, what a quantity of gold there was! enough to buy all the sugar-sticks of the sweet-stuff women; all the tin soldiers, whips, and rocking-horses in the world, or even the whole town ...
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What's the difference between “difficult”, “complicated” and “sophisticated”? [closed]

What's the difference between "difficult", "complicated" and "sophisticated"? It seems to me that "difficult" is a more general word to express the hard work involved in doing smth while two others ...
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What does 'followed by' mean?

If you are using a desktop computer, simply click A icon followed by the B Icon from your browser. Does it mean "On your browser, click A, and then click B" or "On your browser, click A which is ...
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The meaning of either in following sentence [closed]

The Queen was enjoying being queen and what better way to remain so than to merry the prince herself. The prince however did not like the idea either
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What does “strapped to” mean in this sentence?

What does “strapped to” mean in the following sentence? This is faster than a cheetah strapped to a race car. In the dictionary, strapped means short on money, but I could not find any relevant ...
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Which word is “they” referring to?

That’s just our minds doing the job they were designed to do: trying to anticipate and solve problems and avoid potential pitfalls. Which word is “they” referring to? Our minds or "thoughts and ...
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What does “less so” mean here?

[...] emotions—some positive and helpful (I’ve worked hard and I can ace this presentation;...), others negative and less so (He’s purposely ignoring me;...). I searched online dictionaries and ...
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What is the meaning of “rather people”?

I read a sentence, in Oxford English dictionaries, as an example of the word "vape" which was: I'd rather people vaped indoors than smoked outside. What is the meaning of "rather people vaped"?
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Peruvian or Cuban

a. He mentioned fifteen Peruvian or Cuban authors in his paper. b. He mentioned fifteen authors, Peruvian or Cuban, in his paper. c. He mentioned fifteen either Peruvian or Cuban authors in his ...
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What does “who doesn’t now and then?” mean?

Whenever we get so upset that we say or do something we later regret (and who doesn’t now and then?), that’s a sure sign that our amygdala—the brain’s radar for danger and the trigger for the fi ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “careful to” and “careful of”?

What is the difference in meaning between "careful to" and "careful of" in the following sentences? Be careful to keep her shoes clean. Be careful of keeping her shoes clean. Does "Be ...
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What are the differences between “pass for” and “pass as”?

These towering men could have easily passed for hardened soldiers. These towering men could have easily passed as hardened soldiers. I was told that these two sentences basically mean the same ...
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Is the expression “You will know what I mean” often misused?

I will give you a clue, it's one word: poetry. You will know what I mean. I thought about it and the sentence "You will know what I mean." doesn't seem to be correct, because you are giving a hint ...
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Is “source” akin to “cause”?

I read a sentence which was: Ocean currents are driven by a range of sources. The word source generally means something from which any other thing originates. So, is source the right word in this ...
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What does “it all matters” mean?

Ellen Langer says that: If you make the moment matter, it all matters. Does he simply means?: If the moment is important, every moment matters. The fuller text is: It’s going to sound ...
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What does “retreats” mean here?

I've come across with the sentence below: We’re also doing counter clockwise retreats around the world... using research-proven techniques to help people live boldly. There ara some meanings for ...
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What is the meaning of 'the inbite' and article 'the'?

How do I take words which I can not find in Google. Just there are brands TICT / INBITE of fishing poles. What is the meaning of 'the inbite' and article 'the' here? Is it such a grammar for each new ...
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What does 'entered upon his idiocy' mean?

What does 'entered upon his idiocy' mean? And what is the difference between 'upon' and 'on' given after 'enter'? To the west somber gray cliffs, known locally as Ware Cleeves, rose steeply from ...
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What does “House Cut” mean?

House Cut Potato Fries It's a name on menu, and what does it mean? Does it mean that it's sliced in the restaurant, or does it mean that it's grown/harvested in the restaurant or in it's farmer (not ...
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What does “ea” mean?

-MENU- Sourdough - 4ea I searched and found out that "ea" stands for "each". Then, regarding the example above, does it mean that this "Sourdough" menu will provide 4 sourdoughs? Or does it mean ...
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Is “Not even an inch” considered a correct phrase?

I found the idiom "not move/budge/change an inch" used when talking about something that won't change as someone's stubborn opinion. Example from Cambridge Dictionary: She's definite that she ...
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What does this mean: “All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am.”

All these years and I don't know who he is anymore than he knows who i am. Does it mean: I don't know him anymore and he does not know me either?
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What is the difference between “I am going home” and “I go home”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: I am going home. I go home. I know that people don't usually use the second expression, but can we use it? Also, I don't really know, if it ...
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What's the meaning of this phrase?

It's a quote from the drama Manifest, the father here was trying to hide something from his daughter, Olive to keep her safe, but Olive had already known the truth through her brother Cal. FATHER:...
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what does “in the week to a number of days” mean?

Here is the context: To that end, there must be a reduction in both volume and intensity starting about 10 days out from the competition. In the week to ten days prior to the meet, the lifter ...
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meaning of the phrase “make it by”?

It is from this video. It is at 6 minute and 52 second. And while the financial aid for college is significant, a number of stundents are still unable to make it by without loans. Actually it is ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “tack against”?

I have come across it in this video. It is at 4 minute and 28 second. Along the way we are also going to try to understand some of what is wrong with the way our information feeds are currently ...
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Should vs. Shouldn't

They believe this. Should they? Shouldn't they? Do the both replies mean the same?
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Perfect Infinitive Problem

1) She was to have returned yesterday, but she fell ill. 2) She was to return yesterday, but she fell ill. Does both the sentence have same meaning?
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What does “bind” mean here?

I can not understand the meaning of the sentence below: More recently, we’ve looked at the bind that women executives face:... I think my problem especially refers to the meaning of the word "bind"...
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meaning of the phrase “on the minute”?

Here is the context: Squats use 2 reps, usually for 10 sets, while bench presses and presses typically use sets of 3, again for 10 sets; both are done with a one-minute rest between sets.Deadlifts ...
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Use of Although but together

"although but one kind of man was seen to go into it, all kinds and varieties of men came out of it." I am confused with the meaning of the above sentence. Does this sentence mean that all kinds of ...
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Meaning of 'I'm about as angry as I've been in a long, long time'

I saw this headline somewhere. FBI Director Wray on shutdown: 'I'm about as angry as I've been in a long, long time'. But I got confused what the quotation means. How to analyze it? I haven't ...
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What does “all this thinking” mean?

I've come across with the below sentence: The mistake most people make is to assume it’s stressful and exhausting—all this thinking. I think it symply means "all this kind of thinking" but I'm ...
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“of which … ” vs “which … of”

Is it possible to make the first sentence in a different way like the second one? "The/That" modifies the noun so as to mean "the noun of which we were aware" "The/That" modifies the noun so as to ...
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Does changing the positions of words in this sentence change the meaning?

Is the meaning of the sentence: the actual presence of a representation the same as the representation of an actual presence? The author (Merleau-Ponty: Phenomenology of Perception) of the ...
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Is there a different meaning for “horrible” or the obvious is the correct one?

I extract this from the book 'The Once and Future King:' “Well!” said the Wart, as he woke up in his own bed next morning. “What a horrible, grand crew!” Here, the Wart is talking about his ...
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How to interpret “x, x, and x needed”?

It includes an overview of the testing equipment, software, and samples needed. In the example above, does it mean "needed testing equipment, needed software, and needed samples" or "testing ...
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What does “pulling out one's fingernails” mean?

What is the meaning of "pulling out one's fingernails" Is the meaning of the expression similar to "pull teeth" or does it have a different nuance? Here is a sample sentence; It took ...
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I will make a good student of you yet

This sentence make me confused about what it is expressing. Is it saying I want to make you become better at studying but the use of word yet is weird, so am I understanding correctly?
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What does “leave the pass” mean?

Everything that leaves the pass has my name on it, so I’m always making sure my staff stay on their toes and perform at the top of their ability. It's a quote from Gordon Ramsay (https://www.scribd....
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Using infamous in a good way

I didn't know that the word infamous could be used in a positive way. Do you have any comments on this? Examples: Mike Pence used Infamous "I Have a Dream Speech" to help ... It was 2½ years ago, ...
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How are 'explanatory'and 'explanative, ' increase' and 'increasing' different

'Explanative' and 'explanatory' are both adjectives, and 'increase' and 'increasing' are both nouns. Are the meanings of the words in each pair the same? If the meanings aren't the same, and the words ...
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How to interpret “to + verb + and + verb”?

If you fail to park properly and scan the barcode at the parking zone, you will be charged a $XX. In the example above, does it mean "if you fail to park properly and if you fail to scan the ...
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What is an ECT team?

It's a quote from the drama Manifest -They've got an ECT team on site. They're canvassing the neighborhood. -They'll focus on the family first. Monitor the situation and report back. There ...