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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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Is this kind of listing okay?

I am stuck with using the articles. In the sentence: I was employed as: declarant, interviewer, promoter, boutique seller. Do I use an article only after as or in front of each word? Can I omit ...
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“There are two, make that three,” -> two? or three? [duplicate]

I've seen those kind of statement a few times. There are N, make that (N+1), blah blah. And then they elaborate (N+1) entries. But I couldn't quite grasp the exact idea. Is that a kind of re-...
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Etymological relation between different meaning of “kid”

I looked up kid and got two different meanings. (of a goat) give birth deceive (someone) in a playful way; tease Both are known to me in meanings such as "I'm kidding you" and "it's not my kid". ...
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Economy or Economics, this is the question!

In the following sentence, which word should I use? My favorite topics to talk about include politics and economy(or economics).
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What does “tea ring”mean in this sentence and why “ring”?

I could not understand what is "tea ring" in this sentence, all I searched resulted in a "Swedish tea ring", as bread or cake, and I am pretty sure it is not. My guess is : it refers to some kind of ...
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What is the meaning of “stranded” [closed]

From BBC, what is the meaning of "stranded" in this sentence : Scientists think they may have discovered why thousands of penguins who get stranded on South American coasts are predominantly female....
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What is this word sounding like swanyey?

In this video, the narrator is saying something like the following: So, to be always clean and "swanyey", ..."? What does come after "clean and"?
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“has yet” means already happened or not?

“They are asking you to put your life on the line and not paying you —, it's ridiculous,” said Donald Mihalek, 49, a 20-year Secret Service veteran whose own retirement paperwork has yet to be ...
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Can I use “timeless” to describe the state of time of God / Nirvana / the feeling of being outside of time [closed]

So I asked, "When will it be my time?" They said: "Boy, don't even look at the clock 'Cause you're gonna be timeless" I know in these verses of Timeless, Jon Bellion when talking to ...
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How does “prevail on/upon” relate to “prevail”? [closed]

The definitions of prevail in Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: [intransitive] prevail (in/among something) to exist or be very common at a particular time or in a particular place [...
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History is written by the wieners

I read the following joke The Hotdog-bun Boy came home from school one day. His mother looked at him and said, “You look so unhappy. Did something go wrong in school today?” “Yes,” he answered. “...
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What is the meaning of Opionated? [closed]

I'm currently reading a tutorial of graphQL from graphcool, and came across the word "opionated". The Graphcool Framework is a self-hosted BaaS to develop serverless GraphQL backends. It offers ...
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What is the word “as” meaning in this sentence?

Can I simplify this sentence: Looking straight ahead as she walked, she did not acknowledge the people yelping at her heels, like mad dogs. to this?: When she was walking, she did not ...
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What is the “peasy” in “easy-peasy"?

How does "easy-peasy" have the meaning of "very easy”? In my dictionary, there is no word "peasy". What's the meaning of it?
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Why some people think that “pretty sure” means “totally sure”? [duplicate]

I was talking with a friend of mine when she told me that "pretty sure" means something like "more or less sure". I've always known that it meant "totally sure" and was astonished to find this out. ...
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What is the correct preposition after “apply”? [closed]

In the following sentence, I don't know which words (bold words and their substitutions in parentheses) would be correct to use in this content, and if you notice other problems both grammatically and ...
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How to understand “taking in the abrupt return to normality”

Harry stood quite still, all his senses vibrating, taking in the abrupt return to normality. After a moment, he became aware that his T-shirt was sticking to him; he was drenched in sweat. I don't ...
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What does “sagged” mean in this sentence?

What does sagged mean when we talk about someone who committed suicide by putting rod across two doors? "The rod was flat on one side, and both doors sagged, dragging and then resting upon the ...
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Phrasing of an instragram post [closed]

I have an account on Instagram. It’s everything about hair, like new haircuts or new hairstyles and I want to say something like this to make followers send their photos to me so I can post it on my ...
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What is “I had be”?

Thirty of us went out after her. Four of us came back. I'd be out there with them, but after I lost my leg... I just couldn't ride anymore until I heel. Is is just some sort of dialect of "had been"?
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“Have no inclination where they are”

I heard in a YouTube clip a line repeated several times: I have no inclination where they are right now. I have no inclination of where she is. I don't have no inclination of where she is....
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adjective meaning:“free” airtime?

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary gives the following definition of airtime: the amount of time that is paid for when you are using a cell phone And it goes on to give the following example:...
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Which meaning does verb 'roar' has in this sentence from W. Somerset Maugham novel?

"What does she do?" I asked. ... "She gives luncheon-parties. You've only got to roar a little, and she'll ask you." If more context is required the novel is freely available on gutenberg ...
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What does 'marks' refer to in this context?

“What were you doing out of your dormitory at four in the morning?” said Bill, surveying his mother with amazement. Mrs. Weasley grinned, her eyes twinkling. “Your father and I had been for ...
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Word for things with the same external appearance but with different inherent meanings

What word can I use for things with the same external appearance but with different inherent meanings. For example, assume that in a social network, different users make friendships. All of the ...
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claim one's autonomy

Is the phrase "claim one's autonomy" ambiguous? Could it mean "say one deserves autonomy" and "achieve or gain one's autonomy"? Suppose someone said the following: The teenager claimed his ...
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What does “precious cache” mean?

This is the sentence before the one that I am asking about: If we broke open all their newest phones, which are just a fraction of the total that’ve been built, and split them into their component ...
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What do 'timing' and 'a timing meltdown' mean in this sentence?

I have some trouble in getting the exact meaning of 'a timing meltdown' in this sentence. Here it is: The doorbell rang, and Mum flapped her hands. ‘There he is. Lou, why don’t you start ...
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“that's the case”, “that's the fact” and 'that's the truth".

A: I am sure we didn't make a mistake at all ,dealing with the complaining customer. B: Well, if that's the case and why are we being warned about this? Q: In the above sentence, What' the ...
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Difference between arabic , arab and arabian

Which one is correct to describe a photographer who lives in an arabic country ? (arabic photographer) Or (arab photographer ) Or (Arabian photographer) And what are the differences
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Should I take a look to see if there are?

Should I take a look to see if there are the people who raise dogs ? Q: In the above sentence, can I replace "should" with "would"? thanks in advance!
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Meaning of “just” in “she just doesn't know…”

She just doesn‘t know how to bring up children. In the above sentence, what does just mean?
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Is there some simple word/phrase instead of “render”?

English is not my native tongue, so it's actually hard to explain the problem here. It seems like in my language it's hard to explain "render" in a single word. So I need some alternatives for the ...
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How many “reps” of each exercise do you do?

What does "reps" mean in this sentence? "How many reps of each exercise do you do?"
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costume builders

As a reaction from the season of gloom and industrial strife that had just passed away the agencies that purvey and stage-manage sensations laid themselves out to do their level best on this ...
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Sports vocabulary [closed]

I'm a little bit confused. I'm trying to learn sport vocabulary but I can't understand the difference between course and court, also there are some words which meanings aren't very clear for me.For ...
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“call on” in academic settings [closed]

According to Barron’s TOEFL Flashcards, "call on" means the following: call on: 1) to acknowledge in class 2) to invite to speak However, I cannot understand the usage of the first one ...
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thumb-nail artists

As a reaction from the season of gloom and industrial strife that had just passed away the agencies that purvey and stage-manage sensations laid themselves out to do their level best on this ...
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What does “she swore” mean in this sentence and why?

I could not find an appropriate meaning of "swear" to explain in the sentence, as it does not make sense in the context . In the dictionary "swear" means: If someone swears, they use language that ...
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to do her justice

And then had come the unlooked-for tidings of the imminent proceedings for divorce. And such a divorce! There were cross-suits and allegations and counter-allegations, charges of cruelty and ...
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the Durbar without the elephants [closed]

And then had come the unlooked-for tidings of the imminent proceedings for divorce. And such a divorce! There were cross-suits and allegations and counter-allegations, charges of cruelty and ...
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Did he really have dreams or just hoping?

When he had been younger, Harry had dreamed and dreamed of some unknown relation coming to take him away, but it had never happened. Is that his wish when he was awake, or something in his dream? ...
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Problem with a simple sentence!

In the following sentence, I have a few problems: A tinge of garlic is all that's necessary in most recipes. 1) What is the exact meaning of the tinge? 2) What does mean the "all that's" and what ...
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“cross-suits” and “of its kind”

And then had come the unlooked-for tidings of the imminent proceedings for divorce. And such a divorce! There were cross-suits and allegations and counter-allegations, charges of cruelty and ...
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The grammatical role of disposed?

What is the grammatical role of "disposed of" in the following short-passage? The worlds of science fiction abound with wonders. Yet modern technology progresses so rapidly that what is today's ...
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What does title mean as in “mobile titles”?

I think it isn't the title of a book that kind of thing.
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Why would uncle Vernon speak tongue-tying curse?

But Hagrid simply waved his hand and said, “About our world, I mean. Your world. My world. Yer parents’ world.” “What world?” Hagrid looked as if he was about to explode. “DURSLEY!” he boomed. ...
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free to charge to meaning in this context

The MATERIALS shall be delivered to Receiving Parties (i) (omitted) and (ii) free to charge to Receiving Parties. My question is, what does the phrase in bold mean in this context? Is it saying that ...
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What does “years of [someone]” mean and how can it be used?

Years of him swearing that he would never end up like his father and he was beginning to become more like him little by little. In the sentence above, is "years of him" the subject? Then, can I use ...
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What's the meaning of elements in this sentence? [closed]

“I appreciate your having battled the elements to come here and tell us so.” What's the meaning of elements?