Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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Use some triage with

I don't understand a phrase (use some triage with sth) in this sentence--"He knew the system administrators would notice his attack and deny him access so he quickly used some triage with the ...
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“Represent” vs “stand for” vs “means”

I am writing an academic paper. I wrote the following sentences Notation A ↔ B stands for that A corresponds to B. Qualid and ident stand for qualified identifiers and simple identifiers, ...
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What did the author mean by “more often than you think”? [duplicate]

What is in the mind of a publisher who publishes an article saying that some event A takes place more often than you think ? Does he mean that his intended audience already thinks that the event ...
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“During the proof search” vs “during searching the proof”

I am writing an academic paper and use "during searching the proof" in my paper. But my friend suggested me to use "during the proof search". I also feel "during the proof ...
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The difference between “adopt” and “use” when they refer to utilizing something

Both of "adopt" and "use" can represent utilize something. What is the difference? I feel "adopt" is more formal, but I am not sure of my feelings. For instance, I am ...
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Meaning of “offer their expertise leading expeditions”

Context: They gather to swap and share books, yarn for crocheting, offer their expertise leading mushroom and foraging expeditions, pass along clothing and recipes, teach cooking classes, gather for ...
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Relationship OR relation

Which fits better: The candidate is open to work with business clients and build good relations with them. OR The candidate is open to work with business clients and build good relationship with them.
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What is the difference between the meanings of “afterwards” and “then”

We can use "Then" at the beginning of a sentence. Meanwhile, we can put "Afterwards," at the start of a sentence. What is the difference between such two usages' meanings? I am not ...
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What is a meaning word “a”?

Please explain the meaning of the word/letter, "a" in gazette title. Boris Johnson risks major row with Donald Trump after allowing controversial Chinese app TikTok a London HQ. www....
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What does ‘beyond in’ mean?

What does ‘beyond in’ mean? For example, ‘I served my time in the sixties as a block-layer beyond in Liverpool’. Does it stand for ‘near Liverpool’? Or does the speaker just emphasize on the fact that ...
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Squints (AE)- similar to the German word ‚Fachidiot‘? [closed]

Is the word ‚squints‘ similar to the German word ‚Fachidiot‘? It‘s often used from Agent Booth (Series Bones) when he speaks about the scientists.
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Can you please explain the significance of “problems” at the end of the sentence?

I wrote a mail asking for some job to be done at the earliest. I was replied with "I'll do it this afternoon, problems." I don't understand the meaning of that extra "problems" at ...
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What does the word “literal” or “actual” mean as in a literal or actual something?

I mean like when someone uses a certain word with more than one meaning, they often say it's a "literal" something. For example: (something I made up) "John's corporate seal logo for ...
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“You have an air about you”

I'm watching an Asian movie that has a couple of English dialogues, and there are two guys who (in the movie plot) are Korean but live in Hong Kong. A man, supposedly a boss, wants to give them the ...
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in the Chinese bubble

Lily is an international student who is studying in LA. But, she doesn't want to be one who is always in the Chinese bubble. Do English native speakers use 'bubble' to describe "a group of ...
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What does “Doesn’t harm the books!”mean here? Is it an imperative sentence?

These days, you can find out how to disinfect books on a librarians’ thread on Reddit. Your best bet appears to be either denatured-alcohol swipes or kitchen disinfectant in a mist-spray bottle, ...
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Does “consult” mean “ask for permission”?

Given the following sentence: The manager may not incur debt without consulting the board. Does that mean that the manager must have board permission to incur debt, or only that the manager must ...
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what “the degrees to which an individual peer service or goods provider can elect to work for a sharing platform” mean?

In the following sentence, I'm confused about what "the degrees to which an individual peer service or goods provider can elect to work for a sharing platform" means. Does it mean something ...
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What does the phrase “recommend to” mean in this paragraph?

This is an excerpt from The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith.
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What's the meaning of “the co-regulatory process must be sustained”?

It's really hard to understand the following sentence. Maybe I can analyze the following sentence as the union of two sentences, the co- regulatory process have first identified a framework for ...
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Whats' the meaning of “promote points of commonality”?

In the following sentence, what's the meaning of "promote points of commonality"? Does it mean something like that governments play a role as a mediator and find a central points where ...
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What's the meaning of “The risk of A and the allocation of B should be assessed for determining C”

In the following paragraph, I have no clue what the last sentence means. I guess the sentence structure is like the below, but still I don't get the meaning of the sentence. The risk of A and the ...
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What does the word “overlapping” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the word "overlapping" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Clash Royale": In the game each player creates four ...
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What does 'drivelled' mean in this sentence?

'The waves hardly made any noise as they struck the cliff, and they drivelled backwards slowly'. This is a fragment from O'Flaherty's short story titled 'The Wave'. All dictionaries give two similar ...
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Is there any difference between ‘twisted, knotted up, spent, exhausted, pure solid burnt out’?

In Donal Ryan’s book ‘The Spinning Heart’ there is such description: “…she died, twisted and knotted up and spent, exhausted, pure solid burnt out from him.” I wonder if these adjectives are ...
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Does these casual companies of strangers gathered together in the “hotel” or “around the houses of several families”?

Does these casual companies of strangers gathered together in the "hotel" or "around the houses of several families"? should i read it like: " and subjecting the singular ...
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“Staring down defeat” vs “Staring down the barrel of defeat”?

Yesterday I asked a [question][1] about the meaning of "to stare down defeat" and I got an answer. But as I searched the net, I noticed that there's this phrase "to stare down the ...
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What does “wedge” mean here? [closed]

Tuttugu answered by burying the wedge of his blade in the man’s sternum.
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Meaning of “implying” in the following sentence

The capacity to cause or change certain types of human behavior by implying or using physical or psychological means to induce compliance. I consulted various dictionaries but the definitions given ...
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What's the meaning of “stare down defeat”?

"Staring down defeat, Danny tries another plan." Does it mean that because Danny does not want to admit defeat, he tries another plan? Or maybe after Danny outfaced defeat, he is now trying ...
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What's the meaning of “It also helps to clarify these understandings and to distinguish licensing from other forms of governance”

In the following sentence, I'm confused about how to understand the sentence "It also helps to clarify these understandings and to distinguish licensing from other forms of governance". Does ...
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About the meaning of the phrase '''At one end of the continuum'

''At one end of the continuum, some notions of computation are so loose that they encompass virtually everything'' I came across this sentence and tried to check the phrase on the internet but I could ...
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Unable to understand the meaning of the statement

I am unable to grasp the meaning of the statement - But unlike curly brackets, you may actually encounter them when reading outside of those disciplines, although not with any type of frequency. ...
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What does ''empirical bite'' mean in this context?

''Whether computationalism has empirical bite depends on how we construe the notion of computation. '' I am having trouble understanding this. What does it mean? I checked the phrase itself (empirical ...
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What's the meaning of “to connect the living dots” in the following context?

You’re probably wondering why I’ve sent you this letter. Since my father died, I’ve made myself write something every day. I want to make things, not just study them. Ideally, I write a poem, but on ...
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What is the meaning of “studied a favorite philosopher” in this text? [closed]

In the silence of his tent, as he studied a favorite philosopher during the dead of night, he thought he saw the Genius of the State, with veiled head and cornucopia, stealing away through the ...
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Meaning of a passage from The History of Spiritualism

Does "The paucity of phenomenal results, in any degree approaching what might be looked for, even by a sceptic, which this book records, is certainly remarkable" mean "the successful ...
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What means share the feelings of another? [closed]

I understand it like having the same feelings (experience the same feelings of another), that's right?
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the meaning of 'even up' and 'even out'

Can you plz tell me the difference between even up and even out with some examples? And which one do you think would be better to use for this situation? ex) I made two cocktails at the same time and ...
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contextual meaning of “integrate”

In the following sentence, what does "integrate" means? Beyond the fact that these processes exacerbate inequalities among individuals – those with the most valuable assets are more likely ...
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What does this question mean?

I hope you all are well and safe. I have a query regarding the below-mentioned question - I am confused about what to answer! Because the design profession is not diverse, we need diversity in such ...
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contextual meaning of “dynamics”

In the following sentence, what is contextual meaning of "dynamics"? The sharing economy has sadly proven that the pathologies of the physical world all too often carry over to the platform,...
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Does “all were connected with the University” refer to another group of people or it refer to the three persons that the author named them here?

Does "all were connected with the University" refer to another group of people or it refer to the three persons that the author named them here? A certain Henry Seybert, a citizen of ...
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What does it mean “ there was no finer boy anywhere.”? [closed]

In the Harry Potter book, the author said: The Dursleys had a small son called Dudley and in their opinion there was no finer boy anywhere. I didn't get the idea of the last sentence "there was ...
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What does “risks pivot upon …” mean? [closed]

I found this phrase in an academic paper and I am not quite sure what the authors meant: This case study examines the implementation of the agile-system approach as used by a Small-to-...
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“The circumstances in which the Commission was appointed were these” refer to whch part of the whole paragraph?

Is "The circumstances in which the Commission was appointed were these" refer to the prior statements or it refer to "A certain Henry Seybert, a citizen.."? It was the misfortune ...
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Balk usage need explanation

balk, v. *I was the one who said we should live together. And even as I was doing it, I knew this would mean that I would be the one to blame if it all went wrong. Then I consoled myself with this: ...
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Is “it shall be” the same as “it is”? Specific to the context of law?

The US constitution uses "shall be" in places where the German constitution (Grundgesetz) would use "is", and that makes sense to me, no problem so far. But in a translation of the ...
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What is the overall meaning of the sentence?

I came across the following sentence and could not understand the gist of it: To the extent that it foresaw the effect the Internet would have on society, what makes the Frankfurt School—an early ...
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The sentence 'I use this way' sounds weird?

In the dictionary the word 'way' is regarded as a noun but is most of the time used as an adverb. For example, I cook the meat in this way or this is the way I cook the meat So, here is my question. ...

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