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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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Meaning of 'excess' in this sentence

Can you help me to understand meaning of 'excess'' in sentence below: The project may, in fact, be hopeless when it comes to the absolute birth and death of being as meaning – here we can only ...
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sentence meaning, who performs the action

He threatens the kid to finish the work. Who is performing the action "finish the work", He or the kid.
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Round brackets around a persons name

My grandson shows his mother’s current partner’s name in round brackets on a genolgy site. What do the bracketed name mean?
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have I well understood the sentence

As he turned out, much of the bill owed for the recordings went unpaid for more than 50 years. Does that sentence mean that now the bill has been cleared because of went (past simple): if it had ...
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What's the meaning of “dry up and blow away”?

The following is from Salem's Lot: It is not the first town in American history to just dry up and blow away, and will probably not be the last, but it is one of the strangest. What's the meaning ...
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What is the meaning of “a trip and a kick ”?

We felt that the sea had changed. There was a trip and a kick to her dance. This is from "The Manner of Men" by Kipling. https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/k/kipling/rudyard/limits/chapter19.html 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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“Unifying” or “unified”?

What is the meaning of a "unifying" view vs. a "unified" view on something (e.g., a unifying view on the origin of language)? What is the meaning of a "unifying" vs. a "unified" something (e.g., a ...
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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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Tuesday to Wednesday, Wednesday included?

My doctor said I have excuse Tuesday to Wednesday. That's mean my Wednesday also off to go to school that I can rest at home, or does not include that I have to go?
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“…that event would change everything” vs “…that event was to change everything”

Could you please if these two sentences are semantically the same? A: But however I chose to remember it, that event would change everything. B: But however I chose to remember it, that event ...
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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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What does the following sentences mean?

What does the following sentences mean? 1) I find it amazing that they’ve never stopped arguing about football. 2) I find it surprising to see so many people here. Does 1)sentence mean "I ...
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Difference in meaning between “I think it fair giving~” and “I think it fair to give~”?

What is the difference in meaning between 1)I think it fair giving him another chance. 2)I think it fair to give him another chance. Does "1)sentence" mean " We already gave him another ...
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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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What do these 'they' refer to respectively?

The passage is from 2016 Miami Herald interview with Donald Trump. Here are what I think (A), (B), (C), (D) refer to. Please, tell me if they're right or wrong. (A) : Obama administration, (B) : US ...
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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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Comma question.. speech usage terms

I have a basic question regarding commas, and I have not found the answer I was looking for. So the rule of thumb is to never separate the verb from the subject or main subject should I say...but in ...
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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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Why not “for(be careful for)” but “of(be careful of)” in the below sentence is used?

Why not "for(be careful for)" but "of(be careful of)" in the below sentence is used ? "Watch out for birds that swoop," said his mother. "Look out for cows that munch," said his father. ...
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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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Have kept in touch vs Have been/got in touch (for ages)

Why is "kept in touch" not possible in the following structure? "My pen friend has not been/got in touch with me for ages." Why can we not say "My pen friend has not kept in touch with me for ...
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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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What is the meaning of the headline “Credit where it's due?”

What is the meaning of the below headline "Credit where it's due?" ( "credit" is used here as a noun or a verb?) Is it a pun?
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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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“Exclusions apply.”: What does it mean?

When I saw a receipt of an e-commerce, I found a sentence "Exclusions apply." "Apply your 20-character promote code to receive this discount. Exclusions apply. See details at xxxxxxxx.com. Expires ...
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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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What does 'live with' mean in the case

"The question is, how is he going to run the country without money,” he said. Marques says that people who were members of the government “are living with a tight control over the economic assets of ...
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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 ...
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What is the meaning “has for mine”?

Lettice Howard(wife) said this words to Thomas Howard(husband) about king: There are symptoms. She has ceased to bleed, her breasts have some milk, and her stomach is swollen. The King has not ...
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a host of acting talent

Iannucci’s film features a host of acting talent as the Russian dictator’s underlings, including Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs and Michael Palin. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/11/...
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referring to the sole of foot and other same positions

Which of the below sentences are correct and better to use in informal English language? A) Under my right foot is terribly itching. B) My right underfoot is terribly itching. C) The sole ...
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What does it mean by “wound” here?

Smoke from the engine drifted over the heads of the chattering crowd, while cats of every color wound here and there between their legs. It's from Harry potter and I definetely looked up the ...
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What does it mean by 'tongue between someone's teeth'?

"Gallopin' Gorgons, that reminds me," said Hagird, ....... he pulled an owl-a real, live, rather ruffled-looking owl-a long quill, and a roll of parchment. With his tongue between his teeth he ...
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Could you please clarify the meanings of “School”?

I am a bit confused about the meanings of "School". I included my thoughts in parentheses and in bold. Ok, in dictionary, School could be [countable] a place where children go to be educated....
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What does “to get in the clear” mean?

From the movie Sniper (1993) A sniper and his spotter need to take a bad guy out at his hacienda. The sniper explains the situation to the spotter: Most logical position would be to take our ...