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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 is the meaning of “in a white light”?

What is the meaning of "in a white light" in the following sentences, Long long ago an Emperor lived in China. His name was Ming Ti. And the Emperor had a son. His name was Ming Cho. One day ...
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goofing it up, got herself up

What do following phrases goofing it up and got herself up mean and what is the function of up here? When she tried to be a person she came pretty close to goofing it up. There was never anybody ...
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What does **reluctant, eager** mean together here?

What does reluctant, eager mean together here? As I translate these terms are opposite separately. And where is the main verb here after the subject? Could someone explain grammar of Meg reluctant, ...
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What does **pulled at** mean here?

What does pulled at mean here? Meg pulled at him. ‘Mrs Whatsit said for us to go on into the town.’ another piece: ‘Come on.’ Meg pulled at them. How many times was it she had urged ...
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What does 'butted up' mean here:

What does 'butted up' mean here: At the tone of Mrs Whatsit’s voice, both warning and frightening, Meg shivered again. And Charles Wallace butted up against Mrs Whatsit in the way he often did ...
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I have never seen her wear trousers. Why not use ‘she’ instead of ‘her’?

I see a sentence in my book: I have never seen her wear trousers. And I think we should use she instead of ‘her’. Am I right?
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What is the meaning of ‘It really is time that you had that fence repaired.’?

Why not say: It really is time that you have that fence repaired? What is the difference between ‘had that fence repaired’ and ‘have that fence repaired’?
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A period after a question mark

I read something written by a native, reliable English speaker, where he ended his sentence and question with a question mark followed by a period. What he wrote: [Some preceding text] If you were ...
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On computer vs. over computer

As far as I know, "on a tool" means that someone is using that tool and "over a tool" means that something is done using that tool as a way to do it. For example: I have accepted the job over the ...
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What does “labeling music with explicit language” mean?

In the following text what does labeling music with explicit language mean? The executive pointed out that Apple isn't getting into the parenting business. He says that there are no standards for ...
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What does “below” mean in this context?

We appreciate the opportunity to address Mr. XX complaint below. What does "below" mean? Does it mean "the complaint written below" or "We appreciate the opportunity to address it below (which means ...
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what is the difference between “that shirt looks good on you” & “you look good in that shirt”?

I often hear people say "you look good in that shirt" But recently, I have heard a native speaker say "that shirt looks good on you". So: what is the difference between "that shirt looks good on ...
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Using “the more you do” at the beginning and end of a sentence

Can I use this form? Are those sentences grammatically correct? I understand them perfectly but not sure about the grammar construction. 1- You can understand this subject better the more you read ...
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What does the word “sideways” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an instruction passage of a game: A sideways swipe will see the main character change direction or pull off a speedy mid-air dash I am not sure if the word sideways means ...
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What does the word “stat” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a golf app's description: This ball's Level 3 sidespin stat makes the most of a strong tailwind. I know the lexical meaning of the word "stat", but cannot figure out its ...
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does “organic” in “advertising and organic search results” mean smart or intelligently?

i am learning this post, which says As a part of Yelp’s mission to connect people with great local businesses, we help businesses reach potential customers through advertising and organic ...
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Always wanted + when + (past simple or present simple)

Watching a tv-series I saw this line : 1- "I always wanted to be there when they execute your sister" (Context: The owner of this line now believes the execution to be a small chance.) I ...
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does “serve ads” mean show some advertisement to a user?

I am learning this post. the author says: In order to do so, we’ve built a click-through-rate (CTR) prediction model that determines whether or not to serve ads from a particular advertiser. ...
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“On” means “by using”

Does "on" has the meaning of "by using" ? 1- I cant diagnose mental problems just by using this test. (or just by) 2- I cant diagnose mental problems just on this test. Can I use the second one ...
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How to not misuse “example”, “case”?

I am seriously wondering if I am misusing the words "example" and "case". To make sure I am well understood I will provide an example: Borrowing money isn't always bad. An informative example/case ...
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What does the phrase “go for the pin” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a golf app's description: You may be find going for the pin tempting, but sometimes it’s best to take the slow route. My Google search led me to one meaning (wrestle) of ...
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Are “if” and “in order to” synonymous in this particular context?

I am wondering if the two can mean the same thing in a specific context. I always thought so, but I want to make sure I got it right. Let's take two examples: Knowing what they did to Sam is ...
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“Those were among the few times” in “Hillbilly Elegy”

English is not my mother tongue. So many times I have problems understanding exact meaning of it. While I was reading Hillbilly Elegy, I found a word quite confusing. I thought about losing my ...
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Does “hot flash” mean news?

A reporter interrupted the broadcast with a hot flash from Washington. Does hot flash/hot flahses mean news? I searched dictionaries, but all the definitions are related to medical condition.
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The meaning of “ruz”

Begob, in the moonlight I’m thinking you are right to choose the other way, and it’s he way I’d choose myself if had their blood in my veins, on nights like this when we’ve been looking at the ...
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What does “never mind that” mean?

The dictionary says that it means: "despite the fact that", but I also thought it could also mean "forget about that". Is it the case or I was just mistaken? I thought about an example like this: ...
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meanings of “a fillip of” in various contexts

What does "fillip of" mean in the below 4 sentences? No.1,2, and 3 are usage examples from dictionaries. No.4 is from the internet The tragedy may even offer a fillip of support to a ...
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Until sometime ago + present perfect or past perfect?

I always see this structure(1) in movies, tv series etc. but I think this structure is grammatically incorrect. I suppose I would use this structure in a daily conversation but not in a essay or a ...
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What is the meaning of “that” in the sentence, “they went that overbaked ~”?

What is the meaning of "that" in the following sentence, She baked five pies. And when they came out of the oven, they went that overbaked the crusts were too hard to eat. So she say to her ...
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What is the meaning of “is out cleaning houses, trying to make a fortune”?

What is the meaning of "is out cleaning houses, trying to make a fortune" in the following sentences(Source: Keeping House illustrated by WENDY SMITH ), "I am quite worn out," she told the cat and ...
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on a bungled cue & serene blare

So kill me,” screamed my mother. “You know what you are! You are failure. Failure! You are failure!” Then there was a sudden, terrific, bursting crash – and after it, as if on a bungled cue, ...
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how + adjective + I + be + to-infinitive

1- I can’t describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her 2- I can't describe to you how suprised I was when I found out I loved her I just saw the first sentence and it seemed a ...
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What does “referred for” mean?

Follow instructions given to you when referred for medical treatment for any injury and retain documentation. (https://cmpahandbook.com/all-important-safety-rules/) What does "referred for" mean? I ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence about competition?

This is Carnegie's defense of competition: It is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every department. Which one is the meaning of the part that I've emboldened? ...
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What does “in the Knight” mean in the following sentences?

What does "in the Knight" mean in the following sentences? (Source: Princess Petunia's Sweet Apple Pie by Karen Poth) At midnight, someone knocked at the door. It was Bump in the Knight. What ...
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Meaning of “the lady be young and fair” [duplicate]

I whispered, “I am too young,” And then, “I am old enough”; Wherefore I threw a penny To find out if I might love. “Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair.” —...
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difference in meaning - “Do you ever” vs “Do you”

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? Do you ever go to the movies? Do you go to the movies?
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Meaning of ''of'' at the start of a sentence

Recently I have read a headline on a newspaper stating ''Of Dragons and Dynasties''. It described the country Bhutan, but my question is how to perceive this sentence in full?
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What does 'made on' mean here?

What does 'dreams are made on' mean here? Is 'made on' a phrasal verb? We are such stuff as dreams are made on. (A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle)
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What does 'flattened out' mean here?

What does flattened out mean here? Without warning, coming as complete and unexpected shock, she felt a pressure she had never imagined, as though she were being completely flattened out by an ...
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What is the difference between 'remind someone of' and 'remind someone about'?

What is the difference between 'remind someone of' and 'remind someone about'? Some examples: Let me remind you of the document you signed several weeks ago. You asked me to remind you about ...
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How to say sarcastically “Wait for a long time (perhaps forever)”

Which one of the following phrases can be used in the context below in natural English: A) Let me go! I won't come along with you. I don't like the company of such people. B) But believe me; ...
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How do you use “thing you can imagine X”?

I am not sure if the phrase "thing you can imagine X" can be used like I tend to used it in the past. Here are some examples I thought of" This is the last thing I can imagine doing. This ...
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When should the phrase “If X were to do X”?

I am wondering what the phrase imply, because I am unsure whether I am using it correctly in writing. As far as I know, "were" is used we talk about a theoretical situation. However, I am thinking it ...
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Is “of why it is the case” the same as “explaining why it is the case”?

I am wondering if "of why it is the case" is the same as "explaining why it is the case". I don't think so, but I see people assume that it's the case when it is highly doubtful that it is the case. ...
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Why is “What” used in this sentence?

"The deposited material was a mixture of old reworked sediment from previous beach face deposits and what fluvial sediment that had accumulated after the last high stand." The sentence is an example ...
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How much possibility does 'may' mean?

'Young patients may learn which diseases they could get when they are older.' In the above sentence, How much possibility does 'may' mean?
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The precise meaning of “often” in this sentence?

Old houses are often damp. Does the sentence mean: Many/a lot of old houses are damp. or Most of old houses are damp. ?
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Omitting “the” while using “most” before adverbs

As far as I know, when using "most" as an adverb to describe a verb we can omit "the" . 1-They all cried, but Claire cried the most. 1'-They all cried, but Claire cried most. But when using "...
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At minutes in length

I don't understand the function and meaning of the "at" in the following examples. Is the "at" necessary in these phrases? Could it be omitted? At over 17 minutes in length, it is a tour de force ...