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Questions tagged [meaning]

This tag is for questions related to definitions and nuances of meaning of a word or phrase.

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“My own” vs “My own personal”

And because I was the person to clean up all the glass bottles, then I would find the wads of cash on the floor. So it was good. I’d get my wages, I’d get tips, and then I would get my own ...
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Hi, which is the correct? “I will close my account on June 1” or “I will close my account since June 1”?

I really feel confused when use "on" or "since" in this sentence: "I will close my account on June 1" or "I will close my account since June 1" Which should I use? Thank
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Meaning of “it might have been” and “it is, but it hadn’t ought to be”

I was assigned to make a report on a short story, The Scandal of Father Brown by Gilbert K. Chesterton. The story is about Hypatia Hart, a beautiful daughter of some American magnate. Hypatia Hart has ...
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Regent and Viceroy: When should I use one over the other? [on hold]

These words appear to be synonymous, so I checked to see the difference on Wikidiff which gives the following definitions: One who governs a country, province, or colony as the representative of a ...
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so much [verb] as [verb]

This is from a book that I'm reading. The whole quote is: The bubble doesn't so much burst as evaporate, leaving us back in the real world. I looked "so much as" up in the dictionary, it only ...
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Not earlier than 30 to the date of the meeting [on hold]

What is the meaning of not earlier than 30 days to the meeting?? Suppose meeting is held at 7 august 2019? It means 7 july , 6 july 5 july i.e before 7 july or after?
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whats the meaning of this [on hold]

here whats the meaning of "pimp"; There was something shockingly awkward about discussing Stuart’s breakup with his mom. The expression is: a boy’s best friend is his mother. It’s not: a boy’s best ...
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What does the phrase 'proverbial couch' mean?

I'm reading a book in English. About emotional intelligence. When I encountered the "Proverbial Couch" phrase, I really got frustrated because I could not find the meaning in any of the dictionaries. ...
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What is the difference between definition and explanation?

What is the difference between definition and explanation? According to definition of both: Explanation: A statement or account that makes something clear. Definition: A statement of the exact ...
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what does “by” mean here

America’s defence secretary ended his short Asian tour today in Tokyo, by trying to calm a nervous ally. Is it like "go to school by bus", using this method? But it is more like after finishing the ...
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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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I see this paragraph in “The life of Samuel Johnson”

I see this paragraph in "The life of Samuel Johnson" "Pope, who then filled the poetical throne without a rival, it may reasonably be presumed, must have been particularly struck by the sudden ...
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whats the meaning of “on par with the closest allies” [on hold]

Can someone explain meaning and usage of "on a par with the closest allies" ? India was designated as the major defence partner of USA in December, 2016. It puts India on a par with the closest ...
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50% Opaque or 50% Transparent Image - not Transparent nor Opaque [on hold]

is translucent the only word to describe something that is partially opaque/transparent. does it apply in all cases?
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Biden: I would only take Trump behind the gym

https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/politics/joe-biden-fight-donald-trump-2016-election/index.html Did Biden mean he would have a physical fight with Trump if they were in high school?
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Is there a word for an individual who makes a claim while its validity is in doubt? [on hold]

For example, suppose someone claims they've read every book in a particular series. However, while making this claim the individual was also aware that another book they may have missed could exist in ...
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Changing a sentence [on hold]

I have this sentence: "It was to gratify so gallant a veteran with marks of distinction." If I change it to "It was to gratify a gallant veteran with marks of distinction". So does the meaning of this ...
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Does pithy need to mean terse?

Google defines pithy as "(of language or style) terse and vigorously expressive." However from the meaning of pith with respect to fruits, the word doesn't seem to contain the attribute of being ...
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What kind of surfaces are semi-vitreous?

I read a post somewhere recommending a certain way to remove some kind of residue, but the post said it would only work for (at least) "semi-vitreous surfaces". So, glass would fall under this ...
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What does “steeped in” mean here?

What does "steeped in" mean here in this context? The heart of Asia is where civilisation was born. In ancient Mesopotamia along the banks of the mighty Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and steeped in ...
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Comparison of equality used as Adjunct - As good/happy as

I came across this sentence in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: As happy as she was about this pregnancy, his expectation weighed on her. I was trying to parse this sentence and was ...
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“very good company” and “just by”

I have this sentences: "I dined very well for eight-pence, with very good company, at the Pine Apple in New-street, just by." What mean of "just by" and "very good company" in this sentences? I think "...
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What is the meaning of life? [closed]

What is the meaning of life? Is it something you will live for? Money, sex, drugs?! Fame, YouTube, traveling?! Tell me what is the meaning of life to you? Btw, I allready read this question What ...
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Biospheric Superabundance: Subscending the Agri-Logistical. Epistemologically-Ontological Anthropocentris

I was just watching CBC. They had a rerun of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. I think the original aired Oct 30 2017. On the show, a lady is promoting a book entitled: "Biospheric Superabundance: ...
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Name for phrases that sound the same but have different meanings?

Is there a special name for two phrases that have the same sound, but mean different things from each other? For example Wishing well Could be used in either the context of "I wish you well," or ...
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Could not - was incapable of, was capable of not, or ambiguous?

As per my understanding, 'can not' (present tense of 'able to not') has an entirely different meaning from 'cannot' (present tense of 'not able to'). However, what about past tense - 'could not'? ...
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What is the difference between convention, conference and meeting [closed]

These three words are used a lot in business. But what is the basic difference between all of these. Are these words interchangeable in any situation?
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What does 'give the wall' mean?

I read in a book and see this paragraph: 'In the last age, when my mother lived in London, there were two sets of people, those who gave the wall, and those who took it; the peaceable and the ...
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What do you do to figure out what a you're discribing in a poem? [closed]

Nobody ever told me what I could do to possibly do to find a meaning to sqished, straddled,toyed, tangled, and unwanted all at once- a little help???
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“The van's really booking”

A: Trent turned north off of Honolulu onto Glenwood. B: The van's really booking. Is there another meaning for 'booking'? In this dialogue, the van is really going fast. Maybe it means 'the van's ...
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What does “I had cut my eyeteeth” mean? [closed]

What does "I had cut my eyeteeth" mean? And how can I translate it in Italian language? A sample text is as follows: As an intelligence officer, and even before that as a young student in the ...
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Difference between Maverick and Eccentric [closed]

I was reading GRE vocabulary when i came across these two words. There dictionary definition is very similar to each other. They both stand for unconventional behaviour. Two examples : He is a ...
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What's the meaning of “the goofy side of soppy”? [closed]

What's the meaning of the sentence below? There’s nothing wrong with that—Debbie was clearly a nice person—but she maybe veered toward the goofy side of soppy.
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What does it mean by “you must have a sound plan.”, [closed]

I am wondering about meaning of this sentence..I want to know what does one want to express by adding word "sound" in this sentence,What does it mean by having a"sound" plan?
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Beyond?? More or that and more?

If something is beyond, is it more than or that and more. For example the question i'm struggling with "Absences beyond 10 days". So is it 10 and more or 11,12,13 etc.
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As well as = and?

I would like to know the subtle difference between these words. When writing an essay, I usually encounter a difficulty: Can as well as be used interchangeably with and? For example, if I write I ...
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“Something” as a semantic prime

Somebody has recently brought to my attention the concept of semantic primes, or words that are so basic in any language that they cannot be properly defined. Usually, they are learned through ...
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Coldness vs cold

When do you use coldness? I rarely but sometimes here it in the sense of someone's lack of feelings, for example (like someone's coldness from the inside), but even then I'd say that cold is not ...
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What is the meaning of this? [on hold]

What's the meaning of the sentence below? "It all feels so fake that it seems ok."
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Pen Color or Ink Color?

“Does the color of the pen I use matter?” What the person asking means is the ink color, not the color of the pen. Is it completely wrong to say “pen color” instead of “ink color” (the question was ...
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Usage of “something” after death [closed]

The word “something” is used in a multitude of contexts that don’t appear to correlate exactly with the definition, particularly because many dictionaries refer to "thing" in the definition ...
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Does grammar alter meaning?

This question arose on the Bible Hermeneutics site regarding Hellenistic Greek but the question is, I would assume, universal and I hoped it could be answered here, with regard to the English language....
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What is the meaning of medical personalization in this sentence?

What is the meaning of medical personalization in this sentence? AI is driving the adoption and implementation of precision medicine: an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention ...
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aid/aid in (Transitive or Intransitive)

When do I use "aid" as a transitive verb and when do I use "aid in" (aid as an intransitive verb)? According to Macmillan English Dictionary [INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE] to help something to happen ...
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What does a “course of instruction” mean?

Googles definition of class says "course of instruction". Would that mean a class could be something taught to a single person over a period of time?
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“That Was Actually My Sick Idea” by Trump [closed]

'THAT WAS ACTUALLY MY SICK IDEA': PRESIDENT TRUMP ON SENDING IMMIGRANTS TO SANCTUARY CITIES “Last month alone, 100,000 illegal immigrants arrived at our borders, placing a massive strain on ...
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How to use the word aberration

From all the dictionaries I have understood aberration as some kind of abnormality. I want to confirm if I am using this word correctly. My example sentences are This behaviour of Modi is ...
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Meaning of “… his lot was cast, considering it as a kind of duty to stand by it.” [closed]

I have a sentence Tom therefore set himself resolutely on the side of the old town, the established town, in which his lot was cast, considering it as a kind of duty to stand by it. What is the ...
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What is the english equivalant of Tamil saying 'pul thadukki bayilvan'?

In Tamil, there is a saying புல் தடுக்கி பயில்வான் ( pul thadukki bayilvan ) that translates to something like below: A person who thinks himself as a wrestler but falling down even his legs ...
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What the meaning of this phrase “I just love you too much to let you eat that (pizza)”? [closed]

This is the video where I heard this phrase. https://youtu.be/n6sTlukHLiA (listen from 5:00 mark) I kind of know what he's trying to say but why did he didn't use "NOT" between the sentence. I am ...