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Assist vs Support

The intern supports the team vs The intern assists the team Support = he took an active role in the team's work like he was just another employee vs Assist = he was given a couple tasks by the ...
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What does “taking a step back in time” mean in this text?

I had grown up in Boston in a fairly modern Indian family—including my father, Deepak Chopra. Our life had involved its fair share of Indian tradition, but I had also been given a lot of independence. ...
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Cases of different pronunciation and word meaning in American and British English and its influence on the sense of humour

Spellings and pronunciations of some words in American and British versions of the English language sometimes don't coincide.Also, these versions have different meanings of some words( like the most ...
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How do we use the word 'opposite' in the context of movies -opposite sex or deeds?

What I know is we use opposite word for the actor or actress. I mean the main hero or heroine of the film. Let's talk about The Matrix. Here, Keanu Reeves is in the lead role. Carrie-Anne Moss is ...
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Is there any difference between 'unlawful' and 'illegal'?

unlawful Not conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules. (from here) illegal Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law. (from here) Does it all mean that ...
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“with zeal”, positive or negative?

It is a popular misconception that nuclear fusion power is free of radioactivity; in fact, the deuterium-tritium reaction that nuclear scientists are currently exploring with such zeal produce both ...
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Does the word “challenge” here mean something more than its regular meaning?

Does the word challenge here has a latent meaning of anger and obstinacy? If so is that a common expression or something Jumpa Lahiri came up with as a writer? ...He offered these details as if ...
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can we use word 'section' to refer to different places?

Can we use word 'section' to refer to different places? for example: In this park there's a special section that people often work out at there? Is this sentence grammatically correct? Do I use ...
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What does “launch forth” mean in this context? (From the book, Life of Pi)

This is from the book, Life of Pi. He's a small, slim man. Mild fall weather, yet puts on a big winter parka with fur-lined hood for the walk to the diner. Expressive face. Speaks quickly, hands ...
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What does topsheet in the context of a document (not bedsheet) mean?

What does topsheet in the context of a document mean? I have also seen it spelt as "top sheet". Examples of usage: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/downloads/film-budget-template/ I unsuccessfully ...
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Is “deterred” appropriate here?

Can I use "deterred" in this context? Tori ran over to her grandfather, not deterred by the big beard he'd grown since she last saw him.
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Meaning of the verb “swing”, Can we swing while our feet are in contact with a surface?

swing 1 MOVE FROM A FIXED POINT [intransitive, transitive] to make regular movements forwards and backwards or from one side to another while hanging from a particular point, or to make something ...
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what is the meaning of “up to the limit of his capacity” in this context?

what is the meaning of "up to the limit of his capacity" in this context? He was, up to the limit of his capacity, the soul of the movement, the one brain which had a clear vision of the message ...
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Makes a typical driver totally pucker

One of the examples of the word Pucker (noun) in https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pucker is "Northern California’s Rubicon Trail—one of the most iconic and difficult off-road routes in the ...
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“Carefully” vs “Cautiously”

Teacher) She ignores what I ask her through the class and often talks to other students when I'm teaching and distracts me. I have warned her several times so far, but she always overlooks my ...
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What is the meaning of the two “stint” in the sentence?

I'm reading a Wikipedia's post https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaq%E2%80%93Kobe_feud#cite_note-lakers_history-3. The team's lockout-shortened 50-game 1998–99 season included a brief stint as a ...
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What does “the wrong side of the drop” mean in this context? (from the book, After You)

The narrator is a woman, half drunk and walking along the edge of parapet in the dark, and suddenly a stranger calls her behind her. 'I don't think you should stand there.' I half turn, and ...
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“Comprehend” or “Understand”

Please have a look on the definition below: That is, both words mean "grasp the meaning of," but in some cases understand stresses the final result, while comprehend stresses the process of getting ...
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“Over” meaning?

“Texas Constitutional Convention of 1869 dissolved over factional differences without drafting a final document.” Wound anybody help me explain the “over” used in the sentence? And the meaning of the ...
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meaning of “hop/simply hop”

I saw this quotes somewhere on the internet and I can't understand the meaning of "hop/simply hop" on these quotes below: "So they hop online, armed only with an avatar and their keyboard." "They ...
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what is the true meaning of “the nature of an expiation and atonement” at this context?

what is the true meaning of "the nature of an expiation and atonement"? One may well ask why should these North American aborigines play so large a part not only in the inception, but in the ...
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what are the differences between the verb: “flick” and “flip”?

flick 1-[transitive] flick something + adv./prep. to hit something lightly with a sudden quick movement, especially using your finger and thumb together, or your hand She flicked the dust ...
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Can someone have more than one mother tongue?

Katy was born in London, and she speaks English ever since before she started to learn other Languages, for example Japanese, Thai, and she can speak Japanese and Thai fluently and well. She speaks ...
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Words that mean ''to do or say something unexpectedly''?

What words are there that can mean you are doing or saying something unexpectedly?
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What does the word “correspond” mean here?

I hope someone familiar with rummy can help me figure out the meaning of the word "correspond" in the following sentence: Please remember that each character in your party corresponds to a single ...
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what is the true meaning of “line” and “paper” in this context?

what is the true meaning of "line" and "paper" in this context? It was, however, on a very high moral and intellectual level, and might be best described as an up-todate Christianity with Christ's ...
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What does it mean “can/cannot be willed away”?

The urge to return is too strong. It cannot be willed away. I saw these lines while I was watching the TV series. I couldn't find it in the dictionary.
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what is the meaning of “brace or scale” and “tier” in this context?

what is the meaning of "brace or scale" and "tier" in this context? "He was next asked: "Do you perceive any plan by which to expedite the art of writing?" "Yes; I am almost moved to invent an ...
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What's the meaning of “spoken language” here?

Ramón y Cajal’s meticulous studies yielded a veritable alphabet of neurons in the brain,he had to use his imagination to ... envisage the spoken language of his neurons in what he called ‘...
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'Throwaway line' in sentence

'The process is to mention the fact you work largely from personal introductions, as a throwaway line, at the first meeting.' Could you please help me to know the exact meaning of "throwaway line" ...
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what is the exact meaning of “the ethereal envelopment” in this context?

what is the exact meaning of "the ethereal envelopment" in this context? As to the etheric body, it takes some little time to adapt itself to its new surroundings, and in this instance it then passed ...
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What does the phrase “clunk open latches and clack switches” mean here?

Please help me understand the meaning of the phrases "clunk open latches" and "clack switches" in the following sentence (not available online): In the game you’ll clunk open latches and clack ...
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May the word “envy” be used as a synonym of “desire” or “wish”?

I made a (very) litteral translation from french, translating "envie" into "envy". Though after some research, it seems the word "envy" is mostly used to express jealousy. May it be used otherwise as ...
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What's the definition of space according to this particular use?

On the dimensionality of odor space (source) I found an interesting article that used the word odor space. To me this is very strange, because space means a three or two dimensional space, so why is ...
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“Mourning”, “whining” and “wailing”

I cannot differentiate the listed words below: Wail to make a long, high cry, usually because of pain or sadness, or to make a sound like this Mourn To feel or express deep sadness, esp....
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'in the privacy of his kitchen.' what does it mean?

I am trying to translate some fanfics to Korean. Anyway, I can't understand the meaning of the sentence. Looking Will in the eyes gives Hannibal a tranquility that he usually only knows in the ...
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“would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful”

The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful what does "would" imply here? why ...
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How did “flavored” come to mean “distracted”?

There is a scene in the movie Beautiful Girls: Marty: Are you OK? Willie: Yeah. Yeah, I'm... Why? Marty: You seem a little flavored today. Willie: No! No, I'm cool. Marty: ...
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trace the route

Is "trace the route" in the following ambiguous between a finger-moving action and actual driving, walking, or otherwise moving along a route in the real world? John traced the route on the map. I'...
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Does 'turn around' mean 180° or 360°?

So as to rotate and face in the opposite direction. So it's what Lexico says on the meaning of the adverb 'around'. And yet, if we talk about, say, a woman showing her new dress, she would ...
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Is fair-to-middling better than middling?

middling [...] 1.1 Neither very good nor very bad. (from here) fair-to-middling Slightly above average. (from here) Lexico didn't help me, though it kinda suggests that 'middling' ...
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“Why would anyone lock the door?” -> meaning of would

If someone says that sentence in the title when they are fumingly slamming the nob, then would "would" in the phrase mean three things below at the same time? I really want to know what were they ...
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“lead to” and “lead something/somebody to”

I am curious that the difference between lead to and lead something/somebody to. I know the verb lead can be used both intransitive and transitive way. What I want to know is that lead to, which ...
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What on earth does this mean?

I got this comment on my song. Ohh, a totally redacted song, curious I've never seen the word redacted used like this. Please help. (here is the song for reference) https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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What does 'straphanger' mean in this dialogue?

In this dialogue, two female agents (two of the most conscientious officers of the team) are having a phone conversation from two different countries. The one who is baking the cake is inviting the ...
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The difference between “prevent” and “avoid”

The accident could have been prevented The accident could have been avoided Would you show me semantically what the difference between the two is? Also, are there any scenarios in which both ...
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Meaning of the idiomatic “biscuits and gravy”

In the movie Line of Duty (about 45:30 in), a guy huge gets a weight thrown at him in a gym. Surprisingly not very bothered nor hurt, he says: "Biscuits and gravy, bitch!" and then starts to fight ...
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Is “atestat” a synonym for “certificate”?

I would like to know whether the word "atestat" exists in the English language or if it is just a bad usage from speakers in my country due to the similarity with a word in our native language. It is ...
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“Tone” VS “Intonation”

I was wondering if someone is saying hateful things about someone else, (including their mimic when they are talking using particular, unpleasant words and a specific undesirable ups and downs of ...
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How to use bears admitting?

I was reading an article and come across the following phrase "bears admitting" what does it mean. i have tried to googled it but no luck of finding an answer. I think it must be a new word or not a ...

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