Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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why doesn‘’t the word “but” mean the oppositional relationship in this sentence?

I've read a sentence from the economist,as follows: THE LATEST monthly employment report, published on April 2nd, painted an impressive picture: over the previous month America created more than 900,...
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What is the meaning of 'as with that' in the following sentence?

'As with the stripping down of the former high building of the Hotel Ukrainia, Kiev was the testing bed for a new pared-down form of Metro decoration and, as with that, the first examples just look ...
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Word usage: Competitive

I feel competitive with other parents This is a quote from a parent workshop. The parents are asked to indicate how well they relate to some statements, the quote being one of them. I check https://...
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Does “retail” also mean something I don't understand?

The sale of goods directly to the consumer, encompassing the storefronts, mail-order, websites, etc., and the corporate mechanisms, branding, advertising, etc. that support them. Retail price; full ...
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The meaning of “researching careers”

The author was offered to become a practitioner in the Organizational Behavior department at Harvard Business School to help to connect the faculty with the real world, he went to have an interview ...
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What does this “daring” mean in this context? [closed]

Taken from an article, "Democrats, for their part, are daring the 50-vote minority to block the modest legislation"
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What does “Bastion of righteousness” mean? [closed]

I heard someone use this to describe star wars Obi Wan Kenobi. I know it must mean the quality of being morally right or justifiable but can you define it more specifically.
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I need to know whats the meaning of following sentence? [closed]

As nice as it is to hear a friendly voice, I cant help but feel a favor coming on. especially what does "as nice as it is" mean here?
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What does “briefly noted” mean? [migrated]

I often see the expression "briefly noted" on weblog posts (and also New Yorker). In general, what does it mean to say "something is briefly noted". Some Examples: In New Yorker ...
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Contemplate - meaning and usage

Dictionary lists out the following meanings and usages of the word "contemplate" Verb 1. If you contemplate an action, you think about whether to do it or not. Verb 2: If you contemplate an ...
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Questions about Trump's speech in Long Island [closed]

Two questions about the passage below. What does "Trump riffed" mean? What does "take the hand away" mean in this context? When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of ...
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Meaning of the word “any” in “ineligible for any exemption” [duplicate]

An important legal result hinges on the meaning of the word "any" in this sentence: "If the effect of the domiciliary requirement under subparagraph (A) is to render the debtor ...
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What does the writer mean by “ocean foam” in this context and is it a common phrase and meaning?

I've never heard the phrase "ocean foam" used in this manner, so I'm not sure of it's meaning. I think I can gather a little from the context, but I'd like to know for sure. I can only find ...
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Need help with the sentence [closed]

I would like to ask which one of the following sentences are grammatically correct? And any suggestions for similar context would be greatly appreciated. Without WikiLeaks or Julian Assange, the ...
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Are adverbial modifiers in decline?

Words such as rather and quite are characteristically used in English to modify meaning, According to Paul Baker in Lancaster University: complex and understated forms of speech are in decline. ...
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Meaning of “Milestones” in this sentence

and our sense of milestones for dealing with specific issues that might over time get us toward a more stable relationship.
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Is this sentence construction wrong, where “going home” has other implied meaning, the origin and span of which isn't known? [closed]

I stumbled upon this article about the origins of some unusual idioms and phrases, as I have heard many of them being used popularly. But I was bit shocked and frustrated when I read this sentence ...
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Is “Blitzkrieg” a word that average native speaker would understand?

The word "Blitzkrieg" (German: “lightning war”) comes from a method of warfare used during World War II. Can the word "Blitzkrieg" be used in other contexts as well? For example: &...
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The present paper VS the current paper

I am writing an article. I wonder if the two following expressions are equivalent when I refer to the article and compare it with another article? or is there any semantic difference between them? -...
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Contextual meaning of “any”

I came across the following paragraph, When I first wrote the book in 1975 and 1976 the word and concept of Post-Modernism had only been used with any frequency in literary criticism. Most perturbing,...
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What is the precise meaning of this sentence? [closed]

What is the precise meaning of this sentence? Almost every year since records began, our species has had more energy at its disposal than it had the year before. For the past 50 years, the growth ...
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What is the meaning of “screen” in this context?

What is the meaning of “screen” in this contexts? And what is for an screen to be elementary? Screen has two main meanings: monitor and partition. None of them seems to fit in this context. As ...
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What is the exact difference between the meanings of “constitute” and “conduce towards” in this context?

What is the difference between the meanings of “constitute” and “conduce towards” in the following context? Based on the meaning of both, it seems to me that both mean something to the effect of “to ...
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What is the meaning of “safeguarding of prospects” in this context? [closed]

What is the meaning of “safeguarding of prospects” in the following context (from Mark Everard, The Ecology of Everyday Things [2020])? Does it mean safeguarding or protection of the future prospects? ...
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Difference in meaning depending on context? [duplicate]

I’m not a native English speaker and I wonder if there is a difference in meaning between the following phrases (hunting lion/lion hunting/the hunt for), depending on the context. The context is: the ...
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When a substitute response is given, although it does not address the main issue, is called?

This is not done to evade the question, but rather offered perhaps in consolation. Such as when one is looking for the doctor, who is currently out of reach, and you say, "how about I give you a ...
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What does “the folds of every garment would have the inevitability and definitiveness of syllogisms carved in porphyry” mean? [migrated]

This is a paragraph in Huxley's novel Ape and Essence, talking about a painting by Piero Della Francesca: For all their silken softness, the folds of every garment would have the inevitability and ...
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What does the first sentence have to do with the topic?

The passage concerns sensory substitution, but I have no idea of why the author wrote the first sentence. To be sure, one could try to interpret the unfiltered activity of another person’s brain. At ...
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What does 'underwriting' mean in this context?

In the following excerpt, how should I interpret underwriting, is the word synonymous with justifying? If so why is that word used outside of am insurance context? Given to mystical preoccupations, ...
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What does the phrase “keep someone up to the mark” mean?

While I was reading George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984, I found below. "Already history has in a sense ceased to exist, ie. there is no such thing as a history of our own times which ...
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Non-standard English to Standard English, in Milne's Ugly Duckling

The following is from Ugly Duckling written (a play, 1941) by A. A. Milne. I cannot understand Dulcibella's speech which seems to me non-standard. In this play Dulcibella is depicted as a very ...
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Usage of “jealous of”

Stephen Fry in his book Heroes describes how Gigantomachy started, by stating that Alcyoneus stole the cattle from Helios. The passage goes as follows: “The sun god Helios was jealous of his fine ...
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Can “Free” be a noun? And what does it mean? [duplicate]

I saw this sentence when I was studying British Culture. "William Shakespeare composed plays that broke FREE of England's past style of plays and theatre." I was quite confused about the ...
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What does “shown for scale of purchasing power” mean?

On this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millionaire In the right part, there is a photo of a luxury house. The text underneath says: A large suburban home valued at roughly $1,000,000 (2006) in ...
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Does the comma in my example sentence add clarity, or should I leave it out?

I quickly realized, homeless people listen to and trust other homeless people. I chose to include the comma to ensure readers understand it was the 'listen to' and 'trust' that I realized and not ...
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meaning of “the impossible” in this context

Well, I see in the Empire Building something else – passionate skill, arduous and fearless idealism. The tallest building is a victory of imagination. Instead of crouching close to earth like a beast, ...
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“At somebody's bidding” vs. “at somebody's behest”?

Do the following two sentences have the same meaning? If not, what is the difference between them? This briefing session is held at the Commander's bidding. This briefing session is held at the ...
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What is the meaning of 'successive dynasties'?

I know it means one after another, but dynasty means a series of rulers or leaders who are all from the same family. how could one family have two dynasty? I mean, it is same dynasty then why they ...
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What is a “flight wheel”?

At Planetary.org I read this: Below is a photo of a flight wheel -- that is, one of the six that's sitting on Mars today. Never heard flight wheel before and couldn't find anything when I searched ...
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Is the semantics of this sentence correct?

The speaker tries to say that I could have explained what I mean more accurately which would increase the chances of him solving my problem. He says the following: "Your attempt at explaining ...
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What does “traversed” mean here?

I looked "beat" up in Merriam-Webster dictionary. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beat Entry 2 Sense 7 b: one of the reaches (see REACH entry 2 sense 1) in the zigzag course so ...
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As family name unambiguous defines surname versus last name what name should be used for social friendly name [closed]

In many parts of the world the sequence of first name and surname is not always the same and can cause misunderstanding what should be given. As family name unambiguous defines surname or last name ...
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What is the difference between these responses? [duplicate]

Suppose I tell you that you can't understand what this means "fdhfshdgfjdsghskdrhgyc". You could reply "Yes, I can" or "No, I can". For the first phrase, it means that ...
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“ Can you explain and give some examples of it's usage ” [closed]

Can you help me with learning this phrase
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What does “big dough shall be divisible with union dues for all” mean? [closed]

In George Carlin's book Last Words, he mentioned that his father had produced the following message during World War II. I pledge allegiance to the people of the United States of America and all the ...
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Is the word “finicky” appropriate to describe fine, important, details, that may escape the inattentive eye?

In the sentence: In case you learned the language, you may be interested in these finicky details, as they often go unnoticed by the untrained or inattentive eye. Consider we're talking about fine-...
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Learning new words via etymology [duplicate]

if I learned the “true meaning” of a word via etymology, would it help to get all its possible meaning in any context?
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What is the meaning of “otherwise” in this text? [closed]

The head on the obverse is archaic in type, and very much resembles that of Sapor I. The crown has attached to it, in many cases, that "cheek-piece" which is otherwise confined to the first ...
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meaning of ''pass'' in context

in the following picture: ''pass'' means admission or allowance?
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Meaning of this piece of dialogue in The Call of the Wild?

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Call of the Wild by Jack London: Yet his time came, in the end, in the form of a little weazened man who spat broken English and many strange and uncouth ...

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