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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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Maternal and paternal (aunt/uncle)

How should I define the type of my aunt and uncle in order to specify among my parents, whose brother or sister they are? Is it the natural way of it to precede these nouns with the adjectives "...
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When a young person sexually reaches the age of maturity

What do you normally say when a young person sexually reaches their maturity? 1) He has reached his maturity. 2) He has reached his sexual maturity. 3) He has reached his puberty. Based on ...
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Meaning of “docketed for requisition”

From A History of Warfare by John Keegan, page 22: The regimental depots bulged with spare weapons and uniforms to kit the reservists out; even the horses in the farmers' fields were docketed for ...
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Different stages of life

What words do you usually use to refer to the different periods of your age? For instance, which words would work properly in the made-up example below? Note: I have listed some words in age order, ...
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Sport teams classifications based on age

How do you usually classify different sport teams based on age? In my country, we always for all sports have four and sometimes five classes which would be determined by players' minimum and maximum ...
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“Appreciate” or “Value” or…?

Which one of the following words work better in my self-made sentences below: 1) Life is too short and you're young only once. So.................your age/youth. a) appreciate b) value 2) ......
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“Older” Vs “Elder”

Edited: The comparative adjectives "older" and "elder" mean the same as the superlatives "oldest" and "eldest". These comparative adjectives are often used before nouns in order to show superiority ...
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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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Meaning of Date [on hold]

What is a meaning of Date this Dating Date me I am confusing about about this word and word phrases?
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Procelain in “deserve to be called porcelains”

I read the word 'porcelain' from the following sentence: It's Magit! A Git Porcelain inside Emacs Magit is an interface to the version control system Git, implemented as an Emacs package. Magit ...
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An adjective to describe a man who acts and treats like a real man or like a woman

What adjective shall I use in the following sentences: 1) Girls like him because of his................ behavior/treatment. [the quality of acting like a real man, speaking in a manlike tone, ...
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Correct usage of word potent

Potent means having great power, influence or effect. I want to know if my usage of potent is correct. The government needs to find a potent solution to this problem. His teaching method is ...
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Any idea, belief etc. regarding the hatred of men

What do you call thoughts, beliefs which are indicative of hate men? The words that I can make-up are as below, although dictionaries do not include any if them and it was why I needed to ask you: ...
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To ask someone to prepare something for you which is illigal

Please imagine someone is going to ask someone else to prepare or find something which its buying and selling is considered as illegal; (i.e. a sort of drug/narcotics - medicine - a type of alcoholic ...
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“Line up”, “Hook up” and “Fix up”

Please tell me which choice below (or rather a better choice that I need to know) works better in my sentences in informal English: I got myself out on a limb. I need to clear my check by tomorrow. ...
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Using the word cloying in a sentence

In the made-up sentences below, I need to know if using the word cloying in the sentence below can be indicative of being sickly and nauseating or I have to add an emphatic adverb like "too" or some ...
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Why is it “a six on two consecutive rolls” rather than “two sixes”?

I got stuck by this sentence: What is the probability of rolling a six on two consecutive rolls of a fair six-sided die? I thought it would just be a binomial random variable problem, where ...
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Can I replace ‘When’ by ‘As’ or ‘While’?

When reports came into London zoo that a puma had been sent, they were not taken seriously. Can I replace ‘When’ by ‘As’ or ‘While’?
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“(get/make/have) somebody familiar with something” - “Familiarize” and “Acquaint”

I wonder if you help me with the nuance between: get somebody familiar with something have somebody familiar with something make somebody familiar with something familiarize somebody with ...
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What is the difference between “in” and “for” in this sentence?

Here is the full sentence; Students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits, whether they are Language Center Students or regular students, are subject to all University regulations. If I drop a ...
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“From (all/any/the financial) aspect” vs “From (all/any/the financial) facet”

Edited: The word "aspect" means: One part of a situation, problem, subject, etc. On the other had, "facet" means: One part of a subject, situation, etc. that has many parts So it seems ...
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Is there an actual reason behind the author's using the number four in “value meal number four”

This is from a book [1]: Here, the choices of efficiently standardized America are not available. The most popular restaurant has honey-stung chicken on the menu instead of value meal number four. ...
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are these both sentences have an identical meaning? or each has its own emphasis? “tomorrow is his birthday” “it's his birthday tomorrow”?

There are 2 sentences have similar (may be identical) meanings. sentence_1: "tomorrow is his birthday" sentence_2: "it's his birthday tomorrow" are these both sentences have an identical meaning? ...
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“Keep something” vs “stand by something”

I have heard both of the sentences below in quite similar cases. I wonder if you could let me know how can I distinguish between them and how they differ in meaning? do they mean the same thing? 1) ...
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“Practicable” versus “Feasible”

For me, and based on dictionaries, both of the words "practicable" and "feasible" mean the same thing. I wonder if I'm mistaken, provide me with some examples where one of them is preferred over the ...
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When somebody makes you sustain a financial loss

What verb do you use about the action of someone who causes you to suffer from a financial loss. I.e. 1) imagine you know nothing of cars and someone who pretends to be knowledgeable about ...
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What does the word “scale” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform game app: In the game some of the jumps will take several re-runs to scale. The player has to jump and safely land without tumbling into pits. I know the ...
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“Economic recession” Vs “Economic downturn”

How do these terms differ: Recession is a period when the economy of a country is not successful and conditions for business are bad: - The country is sliding into the depths of (a) recession ...
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What do ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Slide In’ mean?

These are famous lines from a song called Slide Away by Oasis ‘Slide away and give it all you've got’ ‘Slide in baby together we’ll fly’ and I have no clue what they mean. I'm always confused when ...
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Meaning of “drive” in this context

A newspaper headline: Bengal drives Modi comeback: Polls [[[Bengal: one of India's states. Modi: India's present PM. And voting just concluded yesterday.]]] All meanings in Cambridge and other ...
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Difference between mean and tight

I'm trying to guess if an English speaker says mean or tight when you are talking about a person who don't like to spend their own money. Do you use different words depending on the friendship with ...
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“Advantage” VS “Virtue”

According to the dictionary claims, Advantage means: A good feature that makes something better than similar things. And also, virtue means: a. The virtue of something is an advantage or ...
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What does “epitragic” mean?

From a paper by Anthony Baker titled "“for the murder of his own female slave, a woman named Mira...” : Law, Slavery and Incoherence in Antebellum North Carolina": Apart from its gripping melodrama ...
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A meaning of 'term' in this sentence

'In general, metropolitan is used to  refer to a large city with a high population and employment  opportunities which is linked with nearby areas in both social and  economic terms.'(https://www....
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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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Diagnose VS Recognize

In the following context, I wonder if you could let me know which choice doesn't work and why: When my doctor couldn't ........... my disease after a week of treatment he said to go to better ...
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“Bundle up” or “wear warm clothing”

Dictionaries say that "bundle up" means "put on warm clothing" or "dress warmly". I need to know how do the sentences below differ in meaning: It's very cold outside. Bundle up. It's very cold ...
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Private “tutoring” or “tuition”

I need to know whether someone can offer private tutoring "[gerund form] or it is more natural to say they offer privet tuition? Ngram shows that the gerund form exists, but I don't find anything ...
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“Determine” Vs “Specify”

In the following self-made examples can use both "specify" and "determine and as far as I know and dictionaries give some instances, I guess they are interchangeable in this sense. I just need your ...
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“Explain” VS “Describe”

I wonder how the following verbs differ the meaning of my self-made sentence: Let me explain to you how it happened. Let me describe to you how it happened. To me, both of the sentences ...
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which one is professional In-depth understanding or complete understanding?

to describe someone is good at a specific scientific or technical domain, we could say he(or she) has In-depth understanding or complete understanding. the question is, which one is to imply that he(...
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help to listen what he is saying “of the order of n” or “on the order of n”?

i am confused about the discussion on this hot post. it seems that most people believe that the professor is saying "on the order of n". the title of the question had been forced to that though, ...
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“Put together” vs “Assemble”

As you know, the verb "assemble" means: "to make something by joining separate parts together"; also the phrasal verb "put together" means: "to put the parts of something in the correct places and ...
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break up or break down?

I am learning from the MIT course Introduction to Algorithms. The professor says: And what you've done is break this matrix up into half the size. in the context of what the professor is talking ...
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Using the words “collision” ,“clash” and “strike”

Which one of the following verbs can make a better sense in my self-made sentence and sounds more natural: It is believed that the ................ of an asteroid or a meteor to The Earth has ...
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Using the single verb “extinguish” in modern English

I wonder if in the following context I can substitue the bold sentence with the further sentence of mine: In the 1980s, father-and-son scientists Luis and Walter Alvarez discovered in the ...
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What does the word “popping” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a match-three game: In all levels, you've got tasks to complete – such as popping a certain number of blue dots. I am not sure about the meaning of the word popping here. ...
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Can I use “offset” as an adjective?

I have often used the word "offset" as a predicate adjective (or perhaps as part of a passive verb construction?) in the sense of "displaced" or "out of alignment (with)," as in the following ...
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What is the English word or phrase for “nihithawan”? NA Cree word

What is the English translation of the NA plains Cree word >nihithawan as found in Rosanna Deerchild's novel Calling Down The Sky, page 5? Our book club is studying this novel and we cannot find the ...