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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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Is latest by used here correctly

In the following sentence NASA’s International Space Station, the only one functional right now, is slated to retire by 2025, or latest by 2028, and no replacement for it has been confirmed so far. ...
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Meaning of herald into something

What is the meaning of herald into something in the following sentence? Does it convey any sense? Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan are, in fact, heralding ISRO into this new phase.
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is these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence is equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference? The sparrow was the highest bird of all The sparrow was the highest of all the birds
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What is the gold bits?

I'm learning English using CNN10. When I watch some news, I've heard this sentence. I have no idea what it means Cities can be difficult cases to navigate at the best of times. But for some ...
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What is omitted part here?

Artificial light, which typically contains only a few wavelengths of light, does not seem to have the same effect on the mood that sunlight has. What is omitted after has? To me, " has effect on ...
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older half and younger full. What does it mean?

What does it mean when someone says? I am the middle child, older half and younger full
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What does “self temporarily” mean?

This is the whole paragraph I’m having trouble with: His uncle backhanded him so hard across his left cheek that Isaac’s sense of self temporarily broke upon the ground on which his body fell. ...
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This did not last so long VS this had not last so long

I'm not sure what is the difference between them? I want to say that there is a phenomenon that emerged in the 1970s but it is dead now because no one uses it today in our life.
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Question about stative verbs

I really want to know if there is a change in meaning when stative verbs used in a progressive form, particularly in these 5 verbs' meaning: hate-hating want-wanting know-knowing contain-containing ...
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What is the difference between “rivers west” and “rivers to the west”?

What is the meaning of "river west" and "rivers to the east" in the following sentences (Source: GEOGRAPHY FROM A TO Z By Jack Knowlton Picture by Harriett Barton), ContinentalDivide-long mountain ...
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What does “abuse” and “gnashing teeth” mean in Charles Darwin's letter?

In a letter by Charles Darwin to his friend, J.D. Hooker, he said the following at the end of the letter: In a year or two's time, when I shall be at my species book (if I do not break down), I ...
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Question about a confusing sentence structure

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any difference in meaning in "Among people, there is understanding & 2.There is understanding among them?

Among people, there is understanding. There is understanding among them. Are they two correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning? 3.Whether there is understanding among them would ...
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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Is there any difference in meaning in "a way that highlights their relationship; a way highlighting their relationship?

Charts present numerical data in a way that highlights their relationship. Charts present numerical data in a way highlighting their relationship. In the two sentences above, Is there any difference ...
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Using adverbs or adjectives before “present participle adjectives”

I am not sure about the difference between using "ly-formed adverbs" and using "sole adjectives" before "present participle adjectives". I think in the first sentence "relentless" qualify "beating ...
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Meaning of for in the following context

It is highly creditable for him to have risen to eminence from poverty and obscurity. What is the meaning of for in this context. Is the sentence idiomatic?
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Regarding a word “Eyeballs” in a news

I found an article in my country about Youtube's inappropriate method to make money, and the narrator "seems to be" saying ( Excuse me if I heard incorrectly and in case if you can not listen to ( due ...
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What does the phrase “wistful settings” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a game's description: "This game’s wistful settings connected to the innovative idea of using real-world scale models." The game uses both 3D technique and handmade photos. ...
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“of that” vs “that”

I can assure you of that. I can assure you that. Are these two interchangeable? Do they have different meanings?
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telephone introducing myself (not name)

Good morning, when we do a call, usually we introduce ourselves or answer using "this is Name" or "it's Name". But if I should say that I am the father/friend/colleuge/mother etc of the person who the ...
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“Brought by” usage

Our tiny company has a blog, in which under the blog name, the company logo appears as: [Blog Name] brought by [Company Name] Are we using brought by properly to convey that this publication is ...
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some other reason vs some reason, is the meaning the same?

I would like to know whether the following sentences convey the very same meaning ("strong some"): There must be some reason/way. There must be some other reason/way. I mean, the first one is ...
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How to consider the example of a word's usage 'repeating' its own meaning?

I was to put this question months back but was not getting a proper example. Now, I have one in my hand! I had observed it many times that dictionaries give examples of words' usages. But at times, ...
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hormone treatment (hence the well-built structure of today’s pre-teens) additives?

The italicized part evades me. What is the connection between hormone treatment additives and the well-built structure of today's pre-teens? I mean, why is that a cause-effect relationship? Has the ...
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The fear of death is very puzzling, in a way that regret about the end of life is not

The fear of death is very puzzling, in a way that regret about the end of life is not. It's easy to understand that we might want to have more life, more of the things it contains, so that we see ...
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The meaning of “yell” in gambling

From movie Kingpin: (At a casino table, a customer to the dealer) You are going to give me $100,000 on the line and a $50,000 yell, okay? Does on the line mean the money wagered? Then what does ...
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What's the meaning of “a back-arching scream”?

I checked the phrase in some dictionaries but I didn't find it. Could you please explain the phrase to me? The full text is here: The burn was the injury, I reasoned. It made sense to treat it ...
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Short on vs Short of in examples - difference in meaning?

I know that "short of" expresses basically "less than/ lack of" and "short on" I often saw explained as "less than expected". One example I was taught was: He was short on words (he could have ...
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“a computer hack with a compulsion”, what does this mean?

we gotta have a secure system. One that can’t be broken into by a computer hack with a compulsion for industrial espionage. I looked up compulsion, I understand it alone. But I can't understand it ...
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Can “clean off/out/up” sometimes be used interchangeably?

I know that clean off, clean out, and clean up are different, but I think sometimes they can be used interchangeably because they share the meaning of clean.
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Difference between 'appears to be' and 'proves to be' or 'turns out to be'

Is there a difference between 'appears to be' and 'proves to be'? Can I say, when describing the result of a long calculation, that the result appears/proves to be zero? I am certain that the result ...
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But he can count you off Saxon and Norman shrines till daylight,

'"Ay," said De Aquila, all in a muse. "That man broke Harold of Norway at Stamford Bridge, and came near to breaking us at Santlache--all within one month." '"But how did he come alive from ...
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We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time?

In Storm by Tim Minchin, after a heavy argument, Tim says; We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time, For all the chance you'll change your mind. Can you please explain that sentence to me from the ...
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Is there any semantic difference between “In the school there is a swimming pool” and “In the school is a swimming pool”?

In a major reference grammar book, I came across the following two constructions. Unfortunately, it did not mention the difference in meaning between them. I am wondering if there is any semantic ...
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“Social boundaries of the consensus” meaning in the following context

The Source It is not surprising that racist parties, even when overtly and daily engaging in discrimination or in incitement to racial hatred, are not prohibited as criminal organizations. They ...
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“you need to” vs. “you must”

Let's suppose I want someone to give me more money. Now I can say to that person: "You need to give me more money." or "You must give me more money." The request is meant to be somewhat harsh. ...
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Meaning of “Analyze yourself”

If I say "Analyze yourself" to someone, does it mean I am asking someone to analyze himself or asking him to analyze something by himself (without someone else's assistance?
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What does “to bite into life” mean here?

In this ads of a brand of toothpaste, it says "... so you can bite into life without hesitation." What does to bite into life mean here? Does it also have different meaning in different context? I ...
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Ambiguity in “Didn’t do it on purpose”

I was thinking, couldn’t “I didn’t do it on purpose” take on two meanings or be interpreted two ways? 1) The act was unintentional, I did not mean for it to happen. 2) I specifically chose not to do ...
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interest of something?

We know the meaning of interest in something; But what does interest of life mean in the following context? Security alone might produce a smug and stationary society; it demands creativeness as ...
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Meaning of “The one that looks out over the pond” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "The one that looks out over the pond" in the following sentence: As her dad unlocked the front door, Sally bolted through it. She ran from room to room. "Which one's mine?"...
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the specific usage of the word “predicate”

As the Oxford Dictionary puts it, one of the meaning of "predicate" is to asser something about someone or something, but It gives an example I cannot get. Here goes: "Aggression is predicated of ...
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Please tell me what is wrong with saying “explain about”?

I recently had to translate an official interview for a respected magazine in my country, and I wrote the following: "John Smith, the founder and CEO of the project explains about the future ...
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Meaning of the phrase “with an edge”

What does "with an edge" mean? Here it is in context: "Jack is being facetious with an edge." I suppouse it means that Jack is being excessively facetious. Correct me if am wrong please.
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Stay on the safe side of the fence

From the movie "Devil's Doorway" (1950) During the movie, the Indian called Lance and his family and friends try to keep his land, but the homestead law gives other people right to his land, so they ...