Questions tagged [word-meaning]

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What does "as" mean and which structure is the following sentence?

Difficult as the outbreak was, we managed to finish it. This sentence is resembling me something like How difficult to pass the exam is, harder to get high mark will. I don't mean the meaning, I ...
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Why doesn’t ‘the meaning is red’ make sense?

Question: The meaning of ‘Apple’ is fruit and the fruit is red. Is ‘the meaning is red’ semantically correct? Answer: The fruit is most definitely not consistently red. Forget semantics here, the ...
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could be famously cruel (famously = very vs well known)

Can "famously" be translated as "very", or only as "well known"? For example, in this sentence: ... co-founder of Apple, who could be famously cruel with job seekers. ...
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Why can "earthquake crack makes monumental mortal" here?

In THE SAINT by V.S. Pritchett: I saw the shoes dip, water rise above his ankles and up his socks. He tried to move his grip now to a yet higher branch. He did not succeed, and in making this effort, ...
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Meaning of "to come out to sizzle"

I was wondering what "come out" may mean in the following context. The Oscar race is heating up and all the hot stars came out to sizzle.
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Intonation vs Inflection

Inflection: The way in which a word changes its form to show a difference in its meaning or use. Please have a look on this link too. Intonation: The sound changes produced by the rise and fall ...
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Healthy (environment / atmosphere / get-together / company etc.)

I wonder what do you call a place / a get-together / a company / an environment, an atmosphere which is safe morally and sexually. In such a place etc. people do not use drugs, do not look for someone ...
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What is the meaning of the word "dull" in this context?

"Your critical thinking abilities have been dulled." TFD def for the adjective "dull" 4. Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid. TFD def for the verb "dull" To make or ...
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What is the meaning of the word "savory" in this context? How to know what someone means when using that word?

I've got a long-lasting problem with understanding the word "savory" and the meanings it conveys in different contexts especially when using it to describe the word "umami" meaning ...
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What does "hybird CBDC" mean? [closed]

I am reading literature relating to Central Bank Digital Currency)CBDC), I faced a termed called "Hybrid CBDC" from Lannquist,2020, p.7 I am looking for the meaning of this word but still ...
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What is the meaning of "virtual" and "somehow" and "for whatever" in this phrase? [closed]

This is the context: There seems to be only two kinds of answers. Either, observation is needed to collapse or decohere the wave function from a probability smear to a single defined location, or ...
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The meaning of "anonymous"

"The face of cities in China may be anonymous, but the character of residents in these cities is different." Can anybody tell me whether the word "anonymous" is appropriate in that ...
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"Student counsellor" or "study counsellor"?

I need the title for someone whose work it is to give students advice about what courses to study in order to qualify for a certain job – I have found some support for both study counsellor and ...
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the issue could jeopardise the tour’s future [closed]

The WTA released a strong statement on Sunday, with Simon calling for an investigation into Peng’s allegations, while he told the New York Times the issue could jeopardise the tour’s future in China ...
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What does the word labor mean in this context?

I was reading James C. Scott's Two Cheers for Anarchism (2012) and came across this curious use of the word "labor." Besides wondering whether utter penury lay ahead for them and what role ...
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Is it rude to say "Speak of the devil- Here is Grandma now!"?

I saw the movie "Love Hard" yesterday. In the film, the little brother hates his big brother. The little brother is at home and suddenly he hears his big brother's voice when the big brother ...
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What does 'grab some crap' mean?

X: Cattle mutilations, small town, couple hours out. Pays one-fifty (150) Y: Cattle mutilations? Well, that, for sure, that's 200 bucks. .... Y: I don't want to talk to you. Send me the details. I'm ...
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a special offer is due this month [closed]

I'm wondering if the following sentence is natural with "due." If not, what's wrong? This special offer is due this month.
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"Affect" / "Impact" / "Influence"

The consequences of the economic downturn will certainly ......... people's lives in every society. a. affect b. impact c. influence Based on the provided hyperlinks above, the meanings go as ...
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Meaning of "unravel" in "threatens to further unravel Africa’s second-most populous country"

The text is: An ethnically motivated campaign largely targeting Tigrayans threatens to further unravel Africa’s second-most populous country a year into civil war. If the definition of "unravel&...
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what does "as much the rule as the exception" mean

"Noncentral forces, which are as much the rule as the exception but are more difficult to emulate, produce even greater anisotropy." In this sentece, what does "as much the rule as the ...
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Nomination/Nominee- Difference in meaning [closed]

What's the difference between a nominee and a nomination? The nominations for the best actor are x,y,z. Or The nominees for the best actor are x,y,z.
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What is the difference between "waked" and "woke"?

He woke suddenly and completely. It was four o'clock, the hour at which his father had always called him to get up and help with the milking. Strange how the habits of his youth clung to him still! ...
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juggle catastrophic expenses

Ten years ago, Americans were already sicker, less educated and poorer than the citizens of most other industrialized country. This year an estimated 18 million Americans said that they still could ...
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Does "Tom choked Mary" or "Tom strangled Mary" imply Mary died after that act or we don't know?

In the dictionary ​strangle somebody: to kill somebody by pressing their throat and neck hard, especially with your fingers ​[transitive] choke somebody: to make somebody stop breathing by pressing ...
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rake in $33.27/hr plus bennies

Three Year Letterman Replying to President Joe Biden Joel I’m looking forward to higher gas prices because I have a company gas card and get points back. We need prices to go up to benefit 1%ers like ...
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Does "labour market" refer only to practical work?

According to any dictionary, the word labour refers specifically to practical work. Question is, then: does the compound labour market include practical work only, or does it include all kinds of job? ...
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What is the difference between "Look at my eyes", "Look into my eyes" and "Look me in the eye"?

In the movie "Red Notice", the inspector confronted a FBI agent (played by Dwayne Johnson) about stealing the egg. Then Dwayne Johnson says "I didn't do. Someone behind this...I was ...
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"In terms of" VS "From...point of view"

In terms of: If you talk about something in terms of something or in particular terms, you are specifying which aspect of it you are discussing or from what point of view you are considering it. ...
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What's the difference in meaning and usage between 'post' and 'posting'

Both post and posting are the same according to Cambridge Dictionary (Android version). Both have the same meaning i.e. an electronic message that you send to a website in order to allow many people ...
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What does "in-horse" mean? [closed]

What does "in-horse" mean as in this sentence? To contact the fire and Rescue Department immediately, activate in-horse fire squad for fire fighting (while waiting for BOMBA) and safety ...
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"Honest living money"

Honest work is a job that you work fairly hard at. an honest living: I’m just trying to earn an honest living (=earn money by working hard). [Source] I am going to say: Money it's made from an ...
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Requirement VS Requisite

Could anyone please let me know how the following examples differ in meaning? Money is a requirement for life. Money is a requisite for life. Requirement: something that you must do, or something ...
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What word can I use as the opposite of "artistic" in university contexts?

Work at the university is generally divided into on the one hand artistic work, and, on the other hand, work based on scholarly research, right? Now I need an adjective for the non-artistic kind of ...
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(One/multi) dimensional or (Single/multi)faceted person [duplicate]

I was wondering what do you call someone who has developed in just one single aspect of life OR in several aspects of their life? Let's suppose someone who has studies his entire life and never took ...
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Someone who deceives people out of their possessions / money

As everyone knows, unfortunately, there are many types of people in the world who try to get your money or possess your belongings (your home, car, bank accounts information, etc.) a salesman who is ...
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"Frame someone" VS "Set someone up"

Please consider the scenario below and let me know which choice fits in the blank and which doesn't and why (I think these two verbs mean the same in this sense and can be interchanged here): Convict)...
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What do you call documents and other material serving as the basis for a decision?

In my language, we have a word – beslutsunderlag – for documents and other material that are used as a basis for decisions (generally decisions made by an authority of some sort). For instance: when a ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "stem from" in this sentence. Does this sentence make sense?

So, I'm playing this video game and I came across this sentence that uses "stem from" in an alien way to me. "Their zeal is admirable, but their ideas impractical for a society that ...
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Is oversmart a correct word?

I have heard several people using the word "oversmart" or "over smart" to indicate that person is trying to act extra smartly. Is this a correct word? Does it make any sense?
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continue to tank in small-town America

Republicans ran up the margins in rural Virginia counties, the latest sign that Democrats, as one lawmaker put it, “continue to tank in small-town America.” Source: NYTimes Does "tank" here ...
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What is the meaning of the word "keen" in this context?

I'm playing an Rpg video game and I've trouble with a dialog that's in it. (oh and btw everyone involved in the conversation and the group they talk about are vampires:)) "Camarilla elders? The ...
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What is the meaning of the word "treat" in this context?

In an RPG video game I'm playing I'm trying to gain access to a medical clinic but a receptionist that works there doesn't want to let me in. One of the dialog options to convince her is: "I'm ...
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What does 'channelling your inner cupcakke' mean?

This was from a meme group on Facebook. I commented on a post entitled "how many is your battery percentage" where there were options. Each option was meant to be a weapon to defend myself ...
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"Disperse" VS "Scatter" VS "Break up"

According to dictionary explanations, as both transitive and intransitive verbs, all the three options below mean the same thing when it comes to make a crowd or people leave a place or when they ...
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staying lowkey and not telling everyone everything [closed]

Psychology Facts tweeted just now: Psychology says, staying lowkey and not telling everyone everything is a form of self-care. Source: Twitter Does "lowkey" here mean "quiet and ...
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Understanding of sentence from 18th century book

I came across a sentence in an English book of the eighteenth century which compelled me to puzzle about its word usage. The context behind this sentence is the story about the Roman emperor, Marcus ...
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Does "eat in" mean "to eat at home" or "to eat in a restaurant"?

I asked this question because once I said to my daughter "would you like to eat out?" and then she replied "I want to eat in". Noone taught her "eat in", she just deduced ...
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Someone's laughing stock

Imagine someone is so silly or behaves so stupidly or often says so foolish stuff that makes him sound ridiculous. I wonder how can one mention such a person? I know the term "laughing stock&...
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(Honorable / respectable / decent) ceremony

The words: "honorable", "respectable" and "decent" have some overlaps in meaning when it comes to "respect" toward someone / something. Here, I am going to talk ...

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