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the meaning of *take* in the sentence

The sentence says: "So the virtuous man will not take what is said by others, or if he does he will nonetheless reprove them." What is the definition of take here? On Lexico, I find 4.9 ...
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the meaning of straining in the sentence

The text says: "Some men seem to be obsequious in association with others and in interchange of words and deeds. They praise everything for the sake of pleasantness, and never contradict anyone, ...
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If some sentence has truth, could it be called sarcasm

Never lie to someone who trusts you; never trust someone who lies to you Could this be called a sarcastic remark? Especially if I send this quote to someone who lies a lot? If I send this to someone ...
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What does "let's pretend we had this conversation" really means?

I was in a conversation with a lady and I told her to let's pretend we had this conversation and before I know it, she was angry and doing malice with me. So please help explicate it
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What do you call someone who does not drink alcoholic beverages at all?

Could anyone please let me know, what do we usually call an individual who never drinks alcohol? It can be either for health issue, or health care or even some personal barriers like religious beliefs....
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What is the meaning of "wherein" in this context?

This is a piece of text from the internet about the significance of the use of a Mickey Mouse theme in the movie "Full Metal Jacket": The singing of the Mickey Mouse theme song at the end. ...
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What does "Entangled life" mean?

I've recently seen an article on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entangled_Life But, I didn't get the meaning of the title, how should I understand it or what should I imagine when I hear or ...
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What exactly does "drafting" in "drafting body" mean?

I've been wondering about the term "drafting body" for bodies that prepare different matters in an organisation; I understand the use of "drafting" when there's actually a draft ...
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Does "attempt" in past-tense imply failure?

I read the following in a technical manual: Three consecutive start attempts are permitted without cooldown. After the third start attempt, the starter motor must cool down for at least 60 minutes. ...
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What meaning bears here the word "tickets"?

Here is the context: Understanding SEO basics can go a long way toward successful collaboration and SEO performance. As a developer, here's what you need to know. You know the struggle… you just need ...
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What does "Goals" mean in this context?

Does it mean "Wow" here? “That’s Bea Mason,” she’d said, and when I’d just stared at her, she’d rolled her eyes and said, “She owns Southern Manors? It’s, like, huge? I got that gingham ...
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What does "statements of great density" mean?

The following context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell: ""By contrast, religious services in colonial Massachusetts developed what has been ...
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What is the meaning of "stretch" in this context?

The following context comes from the book "White Redneck And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell "Frederick Law Olmsted’s description of a typical preacher in the antebellum South noted ...
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What does "paralleled by" mean?

The following context is from a film analysis for "Clockwork Orange" titled "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE film analysis THE LUDOVICO LIE pt 2/2 by Rob Ager" The author describes the ...
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Does "right back" have several meanings?

We'll see you right back here tomorrow. Is right used as an intensifier, emphasizing that we'll meet at this exact spot, not somewhere else? Leaning over, Pooh wrapped his arms around Christopher as ...
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Usage of the word dawn

Following are some of the sentences which I framed using the word dawn Not sure if it is a proper way to use it. I was trying to understand it for a long time and today it dawned I am reading the ...
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What is the meaning of the word "deposit" in this context?

I'm watching "Eyes Wide Shut" by Stanley Kubrick and in it, the main character in the movie borrowed a costume from a rental house to attend a party which required to be masked to attend it. ...
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Is "assignment" the same as "a job"

Yourdictionary.com and couple of others provide this definition for "assignment": A position or post of duty to which one is assigned. The journalist took an assignment in China. Is this ...
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Is tip a derogatory word

I have noticed the word tip being used for waiters. Is the word tip applied to people of small income groups? Does it have any negative to it, or can one use this word for anyone and say like - I will ...
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What does "halfway across the room" mean?

In the dictionary Across: from one side to the other side of something Side: [countable, usually singular] either of the two halves of a surface, an object or an area that is divided by an imaginary ...
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What does "straight" mean in this context"

The following context is from a youtube video called Eyes Wide Shut - Red cloak unmasked !!! (film analysis) "As it often is with Kubrick, clues are given mostly visually rather than in straight ...
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What does "make out a receipt to someone" mean?

The following context is from the movie "Eyes Wide Shut" by Stanley Kubrick. Bill: -Was it the second password? -Is that what gave me away? Ziegler: -Yes, finally. -But not because you didn'...
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What does "range in millions" mean?

I'm playing a video game called "Doom Ethernal" and there is some cataclysmic event on earth going on and a news anchor on tv says "human casualties range in millions" "Range&...
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Examples to understand doublethink practice?

While reading 1984, I stumbled upon the word doublethink. I have looked-up the definition of the word, However, I still don't understand what that means, as the definition is fairly complex. I have ...
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Structure of 'be safe[adjective] of something'

The following paragraph is from the novel the Moon and Sixpence. Dr. Weitbrecht-Rotholz belongs to that school of historians which believes that human nature is not only about as bad as it can be, ...
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They organised a coup and once more took over the country. 'once more'

They organised a coup and once more took over the country. 'once more' : once more/once again (https://www.ldoceonline.com/ko/dictionary/once-more-once-again) a) again, after happening several times ...
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Is "the establishment" a formal word for "store"?

I have looked up in three different dictionaries, but I didn't find anything that mentions establishment can also mean "a store". Now, I'm questioning myself whether I have understood the ...
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How to understand 'conspire' in this sentence?

Broad changes have conspired to make many adults feel stressed at home and work. I have searched the word in Cambridge Dictionary while I can't match its meaning to the word 'conspired' in the ...
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What does "field" mean in this context?

The context is from an internet website https://lawandorder.fandom.com/wiki/Detective Detective is a rank bestowed upon uniformed patrolmen who have distinguished themselves in the line of duty. ...
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How is the term 'medieval' used?

I found that the term 'medieval' has the meaning 'very old or old fashioned' Is it used negatively like 'out of style, inelegant, etc.. What does the term 'positively medieval' mean??
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What does "twice" mean in " Once bitten, twice shy"?

There is a proverb saying "Once bitten, twice shy", and I am not sure what "twice" means here. Does it mean Once you are bitten, you get twice as shy as before or Once you are ...
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"allocated" or "relocated" in this context? [closed]

For the slogan of a company we would are considering something with the following meaning: "European technology allocated in Africa" "European technology relocated in Africa" It is ...
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Meaning of "fleaing some alive with the shells"

The only difficulty, of course, was the native population: who delight to torment men in the most bloodie manner that may be fleaing some alive with the shells of fishes, cutting of the members and ...
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what does "which" in the sentence indicate?

There is another way to determine the usage of ‘made of’. If the material out of which the substance is created has not undergone a change in the process of making the material, then ‘made of‘ can be ...
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"How do you like to be when...?"

I had an argument with my teacher; in an exercise which was ordering words to form a sentence, I perhaps created a strange one. The sentence I made is this: How do you like to be when a business ...
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What does "over" mean in "three seats over"?

I've heard this phrase in a podcast called "Tigerbelly" One of the podcasters said that "his girlfriend could be sitting 3 seats over and still smell his feet" I tough it might ...
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Is there any difference between humblebrag and false modesty?

I wonder whether there exists any difference between humblebrag and false modesty. E.g., is false modesty more general than humblebrag, or are the two expressions synonymous?
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What does the word "take" mean in this context?

The following context is from the movie "Serpico" "Person 1: We'll take it from here, kid. You don't have to hang around. Person 2:What are you talking about? That's my collar. Person 1:...
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Usage of lowlife

I checked the meaning of 'lowlife' on two different dictionaries: Cambridge Dictionary a person who exists by criminal activities or has a way of life that most people disapprove of Merriam-Webster ...
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What does "the money was the chips" mean?

Bank robber Willie Sutton said: Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything ...
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Oh Cone-ada! Ice Cream

Does "ada" have a specific meaning in "Oh Cone-ada! Ice Cream - Ben & Jerry's" Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge-Covered Waffle Cone Pieces & Caramel Swirls?
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What does "on gets someone..." mean?

"Imagine the scene: you are sitting on the tube and on gets someone you instinctively feel is American. To make sure you ask them the time, and are right, but how did you know?" I tried but ...
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text interpretation issue

it's a very confusing text for a foreign mind to interpret. According to this explanation from Wikipedia - US Electoral College: All states currently choose presidential electors by popular vote. As ...
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"came" meaning in context [closed]

I saw a word of which I could not find any meaning matched with the context in several dictionaries. After a long journey of sailing, the ship was wrecked by angry wind. A man who was on board ...
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In 'You've got me there!', what does 'there' mean? [closed]

‘What’s the capital of Bulgaria?’ ‘You’ve got me there!’ In 'You've got me there!', what does 'there' mean? Dictionary you've got me there That is a question or problem to which I do not know the ...
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Is there any other meaning in the word 'reduction' (context given)?

Scientists use paradigms rather than believing them. The use of a paradigm in research typically addresses related problems by employing shared concepts, symbolic expressions, experimental and ...
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What does "as" mean in the sentence?

We shall discuss the problem as it relates to our specific case. What does "as" in this sentence mean? I searched a dictionary and found two alternative definitions. one is in the way in ...
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public health measures (what's the meaning of 'measures')

Reduction or elimination of these factors may require societal action, such as public awareness and public health measures. definition of measure: 1. an amount or degree of something [count] She ...
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Is "in resistance" like phrases "in trouble, in danger, in surprise, in grief"?

An incomplete sentence that I read in a dictionary: ...serving in resistance and partisan activities. Entry 2 of Partisan Does it mean: ...serving in resistance activivies and serving in partisan ...
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Meaning of ineternal?

I read this sentence: "By what acts can I escape a sorrowful lot in this unstable ineternal Samsâra, which is full of misery?" This is from Jaina Sutras, which was translated in 1895. By ...
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