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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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Does “to account for” mean “to take into consideration”?

Consider the following template: A accounts for B. Let A and B be “the bad weather” and “the delay.” The bad weather accounts for the delay. It roughly means that the bad weather was ...
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What is the main idea of the sentence?

One of my friends wrote the following sentence on his wechat moment(like facebook): The problem with being competitive and running with a friend is that you may find yourself at their mercy as to ...
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“would,” “will,” and “be [verb]ing” in context

What are the differences among these three sentences? Who would most likely be listening to this talk? Who will most likely be listening to this talk? Who is most likely listening to this talk?
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Verb Moods: Indicative vs. Subjunctive

I've already seen threads like this, but I still can't decide if it's meaningful to say: The art and language of a country represent its history, so it is important that they are both preserved. ...
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The meaning of 'congressmen have principle' in the context

This is the part from a novel 'Baker's blue-jay yarn' by Mark Twain. The sentence in bold is what I don't exactly understand. You may call a jay a bird. Well, so he is, in a measure - because he'...
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Meaning of “Working to a brief”

What does the following sentence mean: "I like not working to a brief"?
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concept of “end up putting weight back on”

What is the meaning of the following sentences? What are the structures of them? Most slimmers end up putting weight back on. But this decision ended up costing us a lot of money.
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What's the meaning of “toss this line”?

This sentence : So is it wrong to toss this line? Is a part of Not About Angles song by Birdy. What does toss this line mean? Does it as the same as throw a line? I found this definition on ...
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meaning of 'deed of love'?

Does 'deed of love' mean deed caused by love or it mean something else? Example: Life and hope for the world are to be found only in the deeds of love.
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Verb Endings. When to add 's' to a verb

Why in this word the ending s is not used? This sentence is from J.Cole's song January 28th. Cole is the hypnotist, control the game whenever he snap(s) That's every track
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Meaning of “start the fire”

I learned a new word from magazine, "dedicate", and shown me an example. Much of their time will be dedicated to finding the one who started the fire. what is this sentence meaning? and "started ...
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What's the meaning of 'hit the dip'?

And fuck it, let's just see what happens, take a risk, let's take a trip We swervin' off the bourbon, hope we don't hit the dip It's from a song, I have found it means to leave, but it seems ...
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What are they saying in this video 0-40 sec ( David Rubenstain Steve Ballmenr

video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KopLe5NZBJc DR: When you were at Harvard you have a classmate named Bill Gates SB: The guys who introduce this said you guys both are kind of wierd, ...
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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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“by as much as” + number

“The authors of the study, one of the most closely watched overviews of the global high-end retail market, predicted that such expansion would drive up growth across the global luxury market by as ...
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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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Meaning of 'survey' in this context?

Can the word 'view' be a good synonym for 'survey' in the following context? A man does right, as a rule, to have his thoughts more occupied with the interests of his own nation than with those of ...
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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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What is “one-nine-O”?

There is a scene in the movie Michael Clayton where after Michael and a cop discuss a murder the cop makes small talk by mentioning Michael's brother, who is in some sort of trouble. Cop: I know ...
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What's the meaning of “decent account”?

The context is as follows: Person A has drawn an inappropriate drawing. Person B chastises person A: I told you not to draw this kind of things, we are a decent account. What does a decent account ...
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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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What dose Line 261 “since what it has to be now” mean?

This line is copied from the movie Homeless to Harvard. In my own view, since here means because and the mother wants to tell her daughter that she has to go away from home because the current ...
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What is the meaning of “with easy to understand graphs” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "with easy to understand graphs" in the following sentence, The Performance tab provides great information on how your computer's hardware is performing with easy to ...
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What is the meaning of “be good to beat the White Cloud” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "It would be good to beat the White Cloud" in the following sentence, The Rainbird sailed away from New York Harbor, bound for California. Captain Murdock stood by 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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exactly the same as it was

What you are saying is that you could have chosen a peach instead of chocolate cake just then, as things actually were. You think you could have chosen a peach even if everything else had been ...
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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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Please explain the meaning (Franz Kafka's letters to Felice)

Last night I came across this article and a letter which has this: . . . your whole idea about the apartment, what does it show? It shows you agree with the others, not with me . . . These others, ...
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TO more accurately detect and TO more efficiently solve a person's problem

I'm wondering if we have two adverbs in English in the basic case below: Knowing a patient's medical history enables a health provider to detect a patient's medical problems more accurately to solve ...
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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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Does “in and out of places” idiomatically mean mental institution?

From the movie Behind the Candelabra: Liberace: So, Scott, do you have any family left? Scott: Oh, no, not really. My mom's been in and out of places, you know, for my whole life. ...
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What are the differences between “Do you think you could” and “Could you”?

Is there a difference in the tone? What is the difference in their meanings?
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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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Herein meaning & usage

I am actively seeking employment with firms in X and herein very interested in the position Y. Am I using herein correctly and is it employment 'with' or 'at' firms?
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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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What does “This” mean grammatically?

The basic economic argument for congestion charges is well established. In a nutshell, it says that since travel times increase with traffic volumes, an additional car on the road slows down all other ...
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What is the meaning of “it starts with my feet”?

What is the meaning of "it starts with my feet" in the following sentence, The Holsteins huffed and puffed up the hill. They sat down under the old oak tree. "Is the monster coming?" asked Bea. "...
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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 ...