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Questions tagged [word-meaning]

For questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning of a single word. It is best to include details about where you found the word, and any definitions that you have found that don't make sense, or don't fully answer your question.

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What do you call a person who keeps hold on documents/paperwork?

I am working on my research assignment and it needs me to list down my group mate's jobs on the paper. It will be great if one can answer ASAP. Thank you.
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left or forgotten?

I'd like to know whether left or forgotten is correct in the following: The librarian always goes all around the library before closing time in case someone has left / forgotten something. I'd ...
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WHY to say “a secret prayer” to zip the dress and what does it mean in this sentence?

I am not sure if I get this right : "a secret prayer" means "she is a little fat so that she prays the zip could go up"?? (a little fat is a fact based in the novel). And I neither get the meaning of "...
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What does “Gig gamification” and “divide” means in this sentence

today I received an email with topic like this: Gig gamification, a broader digital divide + the fast track to transformation. Microsoft finds a broader digital divide Microsoft recently released the ...
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What does “Blooming” mean in this context?

“Dumbledore!” he called heartily as he walked up the slope. “How are you, my dear fellow, how are you?” “Blooming, thank you, Professor Karkaroff,” Dumbledore replied. I've looked it up and ...
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WHY “double French ” and what does it mean?

This is so frustrating while reading, knowing very word but not the meaning. Why double French ? My guess is "they once had French course" based on a fact from the novel. But why double it??? Does it ...
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WHY there is “more fat on a kirby grip" and what does it mean?

This is very, very struggling for me to imagine: why " there is fat on a hairpin"??? I could get that the dress is too small and tight, and maybe the person is a little fat(depends on how you see it,...
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what does “tendencies to the dramatic” mean in this sentence?

What does "the dramatic" mean in this sentence? I could get that the house in under a sad mood, my guess is that the sisters "tended to make dramas or mistakes, or getting attention in the family"? ...
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What does furnish means?

Consequently, Euclid did not just furnish proofs; he furnished them within this axiomatic framework. I google "furnish", it comes up with 3 meanings. But seems none of them fit the case. I guess ...
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what does the words “a different shade” mean?

my guess of the sentence : "I" want to dye or change the color of our blue badges so as to getting into the balcony, but since we are easy to be noticed so I gave up the idea. if my guess is right (...
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what does “look hard” and “a suit of armour” mean in this sentence?

I am so confusing why one has to "look very hard to see" here. why to see "a suit of amor" in them? and why "any" of them? my own guess is "one has to be careful with these guys" ?? here is the ...
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What does 'standby' mean in this context?

Harry and Ron took their copies of Unfogging the Future back down to the common room, found a table, and set to work on their predictions for the coming month. An hour later, they had made very little ...
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What does “scheduling” mean in “supreme court scheduling”?

The dictionary scheduling in dictionary.com say that scheduling have 5 meanings: a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with reference to the sequence of ...
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What does “a weighing room” mean in this sentence?

The woman who said the following sentence is a waitress in a restaurant in a horserace course. Did she mean that the room is normally for kitchen use, like weighing and preparing for food, and the ...
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“Here's the optic”

This is from a documentary film where the narrator talks about putting things in perspective. If you break that down to how many per day or how many per hour, basically what you are getting is the ...
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What does 'supra-textual' mean?

Are there any synonyms of that word? Or a definition? The ‘Snapewives’ or ‘Snapists’ are women who channel Snape, are engaged in romantic relationships with him, and see him as a vital guide ...
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What does “pump” mean this sentence?

What does "pump" mean this sentence? can anyone help me to describe how it looks like when the jockey's legs pumping? is there a synonym of "pump" in this context? I watched him flatten out around ...
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What is the meaning of “smart padded”?

What is the meaning of "smart padded" in the following sentence? a woman in a smart padded coat along the stands,... Would anyone give me simple explanation?
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what is the meaning of this sentence “In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed”

In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed. I am not sure about the meaning of the above sentence because I'm confused about this part: "for ...
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What does “across” mean here?

... but at last the sailors on Bering's ship saw mountains a short distance across the sea. This proved that North America and Asia were two separate continents. I am wondering how does what the ...
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What does “argue” mean in this context?

In a sentence with the structure A argues that S1 because S2.,say: The theory argues that children are fatter nowadays because they are less active than they used to be. does A provide supports ...
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Is the word speculation positive or negative?

I want to translate the word speculation/speculative into my language, but I'm wondering whether it is actually a negative word because of this meaning: investment in stocks, property, or other ...
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What does “raw” function in this sentence? [on hold]

"Where it's raw and it's the truth." I came across this sentence was being said in a conversation. I couldn't figure out what "raw" is functioning in this sentence. Is this a kind of phrase or ...
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What does “should” mean in “I should get my assignment finished…”?

I should get my assignment finished this weekend if I have enough time. The modal verb should has at least 7 meanings according to the Cambridge Dictionary. What does should mean in the quoted ...
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What does 'cogs' mean in this context?

He stopped there to enjoy the effect of these words. He could almost see the cogs working under Uncle Vernon's thick, dark, neatly parted hair. If he tried to stop Harry writing to Sirius, Sirius ...
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The difference between “complain” and “complaint” [closed]

What is the difference between "complain" and "complaint" (and also "to complain" and "to complaint")?
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What does “while all along” mean? (comparing to “while”)

Catch Me If You Can is about someone who convinces everyone that he can really fly a plane while all along he's just a teenager. My question is: What is the difference between "while he's just a ...
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“This all happened”, in here, what's the meaning of “all”?

"This all happens in the middle of winter." What's the meaning of "all" in this sentence? The above is a part of a synopsis of "Fargo" movie. And I've heard a lot "it all happened...", "this all ...
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What's the meaning of “where” in this sentence?

"That's the one(=DVD) where this man, a car salesman, hires two criminals to kidnap his wife to get money from her rich father." The above introduces the DVD 'Fargo'. What I couldn't understand is, ...
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Are “a normal birth”, “a vaginal birth” and “a natural birth” almost the same thing?

Are "a normal birth", "a vaginal birth" and "a natural birth" almost the same thing in terms of meaning, they are opposite of caesarian? Can I use these words interchangeably? I found those words ...
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What does “delete” mean in this context (learning languages)?

I encountered the following phrase at the beginning of Chapter 5 in Kato Lomb's book "Polyglot - How I learn languages": Chapter 5: How to Study Languages "HOW CAN I learn English, Russian, ...
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what is mold situation in this sentence? [closed]

In the classroom, there is mold situation. what does that mean? I don't understand. Is it about the classroom who is boring? Or the students who are old?
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What do “bundle” and “shape” mean in this sentence?

I find two verbs in this sentence from a sports site elusive in meaning. But there was to be no fairytale, with Oliver blowing for a penalty after adjudging Mehdi Benatia to have bundled over Lucas ...
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When is “labor” countable and what does “labors” mean exactly?

I saw a line in the English subtitles of a non-English show: Stop playing. Go all out to fight me, or you will end up using up all of your labors. I first went and made sure the subtitles were ...
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“Shut up” figurative/metaphorical form.

Shut up I heard a lot of native speakers saying this phrasal verb with their friends. But what I noticed, though, was that they didn’t mean it literally. What meaning does it give when it doesn’...
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What does “arrangements” mean here?

What does "arrangements" refer to in this context? You have returned from a holiday with an English-speaking tour company. You spent two weeks travelling by coach but were unsatisfied with the ...
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What did Obama mean when he said, “John was the stein of one of America's most distinguished military families.” [closed]

I am not sure I understand Barack Obama's use of the word stein in the speech he delivered at John McCain's funeral: And in fact on the surface, John and i could not have been more different. We're ...
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What does 'draft' mean in this context?

Ron had become an instant celebrity. For the first time in his life, people were paying more attention to him than to Harry, and it was clear that Ron was rather enjoying the experience. Though still ...
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What does “develop a drag” mean in this context?

“Look at the balance on it! If the Nimbus series has a fault, it's a slight list to the tail end — you often find they develop a drag after a few years. They've updated the handle too, a bit slimmer ...
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What this word “nip” mean? [closed]

There's a nip in the air this morning. The Dog was nipping on a bone. Is it the same word in both? I'm asking about this word nip. I couldn't understand it, and I am looking for more Examples. ...
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What is the difference between “boasting” and “bragging” and how do you use them in everyday conversation?

In our everyday conversation how we can use these two words "boast" and "brag" and which one of them is taken in a negative sense?.Need some examples to differentiate between these two.
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Synonymes for “to ridicule” and their semantic nuances [closed]

I have found so many synonymes for the verb "ridicule". If I translated them to my mother tongue (german), I would translate all of them with the same words (verspotten / verhöhnen). I want to ...
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What does 'smattered' mean in this sentence?

Forbidden Forest looked as though it had been enchanted, each tree smattered with silver, and Hagrid's cabin looked like an iced cake. I looked up the word 'smatter': v.tr. To speak (a ...
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Meaning of get/getting engaged [closed]

What is the meaning of and difference between the following sentences? We get engaged. We are getting engaged.
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What's the meaning of “floss” here?

This short dialogue is from the movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Nick: Do you guys talk a lot? Talk about her (Tris) new boyfriend? Norah: I cannot believe Tris dated a straightedge. ...
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what does “nightclub gear” mean?

There is a conversation, see below A: Maybe you've got too many clothes. But if you're not going to wash them, what are you going to wear? B: I've still got my nightclub gear I used to wear as a ...
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Is there a word such that it is the version of “anachronism” when “time” is replaced with “occasion”?

I wonder if there is single word in English that is the version of "anachronism" with "time" replaced with "occasion". I recall that I saw such a word somewhere; but I am not really sure. To ...
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What is a “mo”?

This short dialogue is from the movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Norah: He's a complete mo, look at him. Caroline: He is not a mo. Look at how shitty he's dressed. His Supercuts ...
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It is not one rather than the other. [closed]

It is not one rather than the other. Q: Could you tell me what this mean? I can't translate/understand it at all.
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What does “pacing his study” mean in this context?

It was a map showing every detail of the Hogwarts castle and grounds. But the truly remarkable thing was the tiny ink dots moving around it, each labelled with a name in minuscule writing. Astounded, ...