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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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As long as this is student led

I have the text: The parking lot was packed when we got to the church. This meeting wasn't just for kids - it was filled with parents too. There were so many people that we had to move into the ...
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When and how to use “hasta luego”?

One of my colleagues used this as their subject in the mail while leaving the office. Is there any other place it can be used, and is this wise to use this in general speech?
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What does “greatest” mean in this context?

The standard is consistent with ILO Convention 138, or under the legal minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greatest. The above example is about child labor. Does "whichever is ...
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Meaning of “I know it's over 'cause my feet have hit the cold floor”

We listened to the song "Made to love" by Toby Mac in my classroom. Unfortunately, we could not understand the phrase: I know it's over 'cause my feet have hit the cold floor Check my reflection, ...
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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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Do we always use “more” to compare two things?

Do we always use "more" to compare two things? Among the various and conflicting interpretations of Aristophanes’ works, there is a general admiration for the poet’s seemingly boundless ...
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The meaning of the answer to the disjunctive question

There's the question:"Nobody is getting a rise this year, are they?" If to answer "No, they aren't", it will mean that the salary of those people will remain the same.Everything is clear here. But ...
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what does “it is to be” mean?

i am learning this course. the teacher is saying what this course is about and also what it is to be a CS230 student in fall 2018. what does "it is to be" here mean?
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If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was

From the book "the 100 year old man who climbed out of the window~" On the page 37 If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was capable of anything was how Mr. Wholesale Gustavsson saw it,...
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what does 'I'm not for pretending' mean?

What does this sentence mean? I'm not for pretending. Also, is this a correct sentence? I don't get used to it.
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Birthplace vs living place

If someone asks me where my hometown is, what should I say? I live in a country which is not my birth country. I was born in different country. So which one should I consider as my hometown? The ...
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meaning of the phrase [duplicate]

Can this phrase be used this way?: to mock at someone who said some kind of nonsense or the way what he did or the way how he looks. Or is it possible? For example: I can't with/from your stupid ...
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What does “teleport anywhere in the world” mean?

The definition says: To transport by teleportation. But what's not clear is if "teleport anywhere in the world" means "teleport from anywhere" or "teleport to anywhere" or "teleport to anywhere ...
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Has reached its natural boundary (meaning)

This is I think a bit idiomatic: "Of the 26 species that are known to have become successfully integrated into the local environment, only one, an African species released in northern Australia, ...
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strange tales amongst which to riot

Then she went to sleep, to dream the strange dreams of herl lineage, things too fantastic to be worth recording, for she was at the time of life when a girl's thoughts turn to fantasy, even beyond ...
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can help but be involved or can't help but be involved?

And at this crucial time in our lives , when everything is so desperate , when every day is a matter of survival , I don't think you can help but be involved. Shouldn't it be "cannot help" but be ...
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'Have dinner by candlelight' - preposition 'By' means 'using'?

As far as I know, two of the usages of preposition 'by' are: If you do something by a particular means, you do it using that thing. Ex: 1. We'll be travelling by car./ May I pay by credit card? ...
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What is the meaning of “knock into it” in this context?

This is the context: Paulson: Well, sort of the idea that somehow through the act of observation, we’re creating reality? Blockquote Albert: Or yeah, or something like that. It’s true that ...
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what does “allow something to be explored” mean?

I am leaning this post The factors which consistently affect accuracy are those which directly or indirectly (as in the handling of continuous attributes) allow a greater number and variety of ...
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What is the meaning of “as” in the following sentences?

What is the meaning of "as" in the following sentences, 1) "It's incredible," Andy quoted Jennifer as saying. 2) "The food was delicious," Jack was quoted as saying by the newspaper. Does "...
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All life and All lives

What is the difference between them? Earth was created for all lives, not just human life. Earth was created for all life, not just human life. I found the second on http://thriveglobal.com/...
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How to use bears admitting?

I was reading an article and come across the following phrase "bears admitting" what does it mean. i have tried to googled it but no luck of finding an answer. I think it must be a new word or not a ...
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Make it happy in small things: it? [closed]

I was chatting with a friend on Twitter, and I asked what the profile photo was, and he asked me to guess, and then I guessed it right. He said, "Good guess, yes, congratulations" and I replied with "...
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Does “A Steep Learning Curve” mean learn fast or learn in a hard way?

How do I understand the phrase a steep learning curve? I feel confused about it. Does it mean someone learns something fast or something is difficult for someone to learn?
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I have a trouble understanding the context correctly…“(~)we hope you will be able to reduce it”

To. (B) - "We were pleased to receive your order of 15th April for a further supply of transistor sets, [ but as the balance of your account now stands at over USD400,000, we hope you will be able ...
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without this and/or that

With negation, or is motly used. He doesn't like this or that. But with without, I see both forms. When I searched CCAE, it returned result with both or and and. Like this: I was there ...
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Use of more and as many as in diffrent place

I wrote four sentence with “more” and “as much as” used in diffrent places in sentences. Is there a diffrence among sentences in meaning ? It realy confuse me 1) There are ten times more bacterial ...
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Help! I don't understand this sentence's meaning

I'm reading Harry Potter for English study. "Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning" I think double negative means postive. So I think "Gryffindors have never gone so long without ...
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What does this sentence mean: “We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons.”

A neuroscientist who specializes in eating behavior and obesity say: "We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons". This structure is very strange to me: have gotten + adjective + at + gerund ...
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what does back-to-back mean?

i am learning this course, which says By the end of this exercise, you'll be writing two queries back-to-back in a single script. You got this! at the end of this exercise, I got following 2 ...
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bust down — meaning? [closed]

Example with a context: I heard a new song at the tavern the other day. Something about gin and wild women. How'd it go? Oh, I don't remember. I stuck five nickels in the box to hear it again ...
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Difference between 'directorate' and 'department'

What is the difference between 'directorate' and 'department'? Is a department, like, a ministry and directorate a sub-ministry? In the political/business context, a directorate doesn't exist on its ...
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Which phrase sounds more correct

I’ve got two sentences here using with or while I’m feeling great this month while all my bills are paid in advance. I’m feeling great this month with all my bills are paid in advance.
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Word choice between us and each other

Hey I’ve got two sentences which sound almost the same to me We have real intimacy between us. We have real intimacy between each other. Do they carry the same meaning or are they grammatically ...
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What does “in + times (e.g. 1 seconds)” mean?

Get a coupon in 5 seconds. The meaning of "in" when combined with time is confusing. "in 5 seconds" could mean "within 5 seconds" or "after 5 seconds", but how can I figure out which meaning is ...
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The use of “Would have not been” and “Would not have been” in English Grammar

What is the exact meaning of "would have not been" and "would not have been" in English grammar? Do they mean same thing? For example, On this principle, if Mr. Lynch had decided to go on hunger ...
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What does “he was there for” mean in this sentence?

I really don't understand the usage or the meaning of "he was there for" in this sentence : Tony shook his head, as though he couldn’t wrap his mind around events he was there for, and partially ...
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What is the meaning of “windows into men's souls.”?

Queen Elizabeth: Now, I ask you to pass this Act of Uniformity not Not for myself, but for my people, who are my only care. Bishop: Madam, By this act, you force us to relinquish our ...
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In “machine learning”, is “learning” a noun, adjective or gerund? Please explain

In the phrase “machine learning”it is really confusing for me to get the meaning of it in its grammatical sense.
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using a comma after a compound phrase

a. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka making me feel very uncomfortable. b. John was talking incessantly and Bob was drinking shot after shot of vodka, ...
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grammar / meaning Does “treating” in the example sentence mean “because he treats” or “and at the same he is treating” or just “and he treats”?

(“treating”) “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends…!” And does “verb + ing” in the following examples belong to one of the three cases in the title question? ...
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Meaning of Off In the following sentence

The England captain scored 148 off 71 balls against Afghanistan at Old Trafford What is the meaning of off. Does it mean to get out off? I looked up its meaning in dictionary but didn't find ...
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Meaning of: “I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling”

What is the meaning of: Working with you like this, I’ve never known anything quite as fulfilling. Is this like the speaker has found something most fulfilling while working with 'you'? Or never ...
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'in the privacy of his kitchen.' what does it mean?

I am trying to translate some fanfics to Korean. Anyway, I can't understand the meaning of the sentence. Looking Will in the eyes gives Hannibal a tranquility that he usually only knows in the ...
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what does “ to finish doing something” mean exactly?

"I have repaired my car." This means that the car is working again. "I have been repairing my car". This means I have been doing repairs, but it doesn't mean the car is working. "I have finished ...
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-gate meaning scandal [duplicate]

Does the suffix -gate necessarily refer to a political scandal? Can it refer to a scandal involving large businesses but no government officials? Could burgergate refer to a scandal in which a ...
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Question about “in the game” used in this sentence

What does 'in the game' mean in context? "The forest was overflowing with life. It was abundant in the game sought by hunters, timber for the fire, and valuable herbs to process into medicine."
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What does 'reduced the importance' mean in context?

What does 'reduced the importance' mean? Is it good or bad? Good probably if it is an ad but why? Apple has already reduced the importance of iTunes on the iPhone and iPad and will now do the ...
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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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How to understand “keeping the complaining customer satisfied”?

I'm trying to understand the below sentence, "Which sectors does he say have most problems when it comes to keeping the complaining customer satisfied?" Especially, "keeping the complaining customer ...