Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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to sound down to somebody

“The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night, Ya-honk he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation.” Quote by Walt Whitman, Song of Myself. What does the writer mean by "...
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The meaning of "Reflect" in the following context? [closed]

I need help with the meaning of "to reflect" in the following context: Block out time to reflect based on personal rhythms. For some, this means answering emails and calls first thing in ...
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Present perfect vs past simple

Should I say : 1- I think I know you , I think we have met before. 2- I think I know you , I think we met before.
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Meaning of "against"

I have a question about the meaning of "against" in the following sentence: "These communications should be in writing and delivered against receipt." I don't understand why "...
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Confusion in understanding statements

Petya and Vasya are competing with each other in a new interesting game as they always do. At the beginning of the game Petya has to come up with an array of N positive integers. Sum of all elements ...
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What does Homer mean when he says, "her words had wings"?

In both The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer uses the phrase "words had wings" all over the place. Here's one quote of many: Then the shadow of the swift-footed son of Aeacus knew who I was, and with ...
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What is the meaning of this word “function”? [closed]

I saw this text in a picture on social media, but I don’t know what the meaning of “function” is here, I’ve tried some dictionaries but couldn’t find what I was looking for. You get to invite 1 ...
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What's the meaning of the context? [closed]

I am watching and studying High Maintenance and I wanna know the meaning of every line below. It's Season 1 episode 1. Yes, queens! Oh, my God, you're killing it. Work! (what does 'work' mean in this ...
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Determining the meaning of "Par Excellence"

In a translation test nearly impossible to pass, I am required to accurately translate a paragraph about a code editor, and I got stuck trying to translate the following: [The software] is a ...
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What is the meaning of a shell of its former self?

What is the meaning of a shell of its former self ? Refer to the article https://www.infoworld.com/article/3632142/how-docker-broke-in-half.html, to quote The game changing container company is a ...
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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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Reason, Discourse and Language

Reason (as in the cognitive skill, human property, logic latu sensu, thought) is translated in Greek as Λόγος. But Λογος is also the ability and the skill of persons to speak, write and word their ...
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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 is the meaning of the phrase/term "literary aim"? [closed]

Kingdom Come is a sort of fairytale in which "a more primitive world" is "biding its time". The blades of knives on display in the mall's hardware store menacingly form "a ...
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The meaning of "upon one"

What is the meaning of "upon me" in the following excerpt of one of Whitman's poems? Dictionaries don't help in this case. Strong upon me the life that does not exhibit itself, yet contains all ...
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Can I paradoxiacally interpret "there is little room for"? [closed]

I am wondering about the nuance of "there is little room for" in the following context. Some photographers might feel like there is little room for creativity in high-volume photography. ...
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Meaning of 'passage'

What does this sentence mean? He forced the passage of the bridge. Here is the extract I based this sentence on: He [Sauron] had these two additional objects: to capture or kill Gollum, or at least ...
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What does "See it styled" mean?

I browsed a watch website and there's a section for an image gallery and the title "See it styled". The images in the gallery depict the watch worn by different people in different situations. The ...
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The meaning of "act in capacity" [closed]

As a society, we need young people to follow good role models, and so celebrities need to understand that accepting money from advertising means that they are acting in this capacity. What does the ...
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How long does "half an hour" mean? [closed]

Consider the declaration A: I'll be gone for thirty minutes. as compared to I'll be gone for half an hour. Similarly, consider declaration B: I'll be back within 30 minutes. versus I'll be back ...
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"A friend to all is a friend to none" - Aristotle. What does this exactly mean?

Why shouldn't a person be friendly to everyone? Is "being friendly" and "being a friend" being differentiated here? Also, I consider a person as one's friend only if that person doesn't betray his/...
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The meaning of the sentence in Eudora Welty's story "A visit of charity"

I can't understand what the sentence "You never came and you never went" is related to. Does it clarify the previous utterance or is it a new thought which says that the person has never ...
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Provisioned for the weekend

What does it mean exactly? A friend asked me if I was "provisioned for the weekend," and as someone who knows English as a second language, I was scratching my head trying to figure out what ...
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The usage of "WHO" as a conjunction

I've just started reading the Booker Prize-winning novel "The Sellout". I don't know the narrator has omitted " who" here or he is talking about himself when he says "...
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Can "As old As" mean just old enough?

Let's say X and Y are some artifacts that have been recently found. We know both belong to the prehistoric period. We also know some estimations on Y's age, as it'd been discovered earlier and has ...
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What is the meaning of "actors" and "player" according to political terms? [closed]

I am reading a book where I find some sentences like "... how international actors impact civil wars" "... being a 'player' in regional politics" "... further study of each ...
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What does "pick a lemon" mean? [duplicate]

I am struggling to figure out what the meaning of "lemon" or "pick a lemon" is in the following quote from P.G. Wodehouse: ...with each new book of mine I have, as I say, the ...
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What is meant by "offence can scarcely be visited on the quantity"

The full text is below. "Friend, be not tedious," said the Rajah of Travancore to a Christian missionary, in the sixteenth century, "remember life is short." I have endeavoured to ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “in all one’s glory and grit”?

Here is an excerpt from the book called Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones. We are afraid of who we are, in all our glory (and grit). We’re constantly searching for that person. Or ...
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Meaning of the preposition 'in' the sentence: "Her house lies in that direction." [migrated]

What is the meaning of the preposition 'in' in the below sentence? What relationship does it serve to indicate? Her house lies in that direction. Is it idiomatic?
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Can the word "pollute" be used as "deprave" in this paragraph?

I heard the phrase "pollution of the mind", so I guess "pollute" can be used as "spoil", "ruin" or "deprave", which affects mental health. I am ...
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Which part of speech do compass directions (north, south, etc.) belong to?

Which part of speech do compass directions (north, south, etc.) belong to (in the sense below)? The town is north of New York. Is 'north' a preposition here?
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I'm having trouble trying to intepret what is being stated in the following C# documentations concerning Namespaces? [closed]

According to this statement in the C# MS doc Accessibility Levels (C# Reference) Access modifiers are not allowed on namespaces. Namespaces have no access restrictions. However, the following ...
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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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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 did Adam Smith mean by "wretched natives of singular colour"?

In Book IV, Chapter 7 of The Wealth of Nations, when Adam Smith discusses the return of Columbus, he makes this statement: ... all of which [some objects] were preceded by six or seven of the ...
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Help me understand this part from the book "Long Way Down" [closed]

What does "So I explained them to her so she wouldn’t think less of me for following them like was just another block boy on one looking to off one." in the following free verse poem mean? ...
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What is the meaning of "initiations" in this context?

My own fears are the blackest, and at the prospect of losing my wonderful beloved brother out of the world in which, from as far back as in dimmest childhood, I have so yearningly always counted on ...
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What is the meaning of "eno"? [closed]

Little Emerald Mack is washing, I can hear the warm suds, splash. I just gave her my pocket handkerchief - so I cannot cry any more. And Vinnie sweeps - sweeps, upon the chamber stairs; and Mother is ...
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What is "almost-grown cologne"? [closed]

And when I was thirteen Shawn welcomed me into teenage life with a spritz of his almost-grown cologne, said my girlfriend—       my first girlfriend— would like it. But she hated it so I broke up with ...
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Meaning of 'with' [closed]

What is the meaning of 'with' in the below sentence? What relationship does it indicate? The story begins with the meeting of two businesswomen.
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Meaning of 'whether' [closed]

What is the meaning of 'whether' in sentence (a), and more importantly what is the difference in meaning between sentence (a) and sentence (b)? (a) I doubt whether he'll do it. (b) I doubt that he'll ...
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Help me with this sentence from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [migrated]

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple, and as the little family bobbed across the rumbling road toward the great sooty ...
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Kindly explain the meaning of this sentence from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

He had one, brief glimpse of the stone Pensieve on the desk where he had left it, and then an earsplitting noise made him cry out, thinking of curses and returning Death Eaters and the rebirth of ...
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What does this word mean in this passage from Frank Herbert's Dune?

I am only familiar with "faggot" being used as a slur for a gay man or as a bundle of sticks. Some statements in the preceding paragraphs that provide context: ...A predawn hush had come ...
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Which words are modified by "so long forgotten" in this sentence?

In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another. ...
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What does the phrase "utterly McKinley" mean?

In a spoken introduction from a live recoding made in Pasadena, CA, in 1956, on the album Round About Midnight by Miles Davis, the MC Gene Norman is heard saying: A little bit unlikely that so much ...
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meaning of "none wiser"

His Majesty of Prussia — grim and old — Sadowa’s King — by needle guns made bold; With Bismark of the royal conscience, keeper, In dreams political none wiser — deeper. In this ...
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difficult sentence meaning

What is the meaning of this sentence? ... because believing in something will be seen by the passive nihilist as preferable to taking the risk of not believing in anything, to taking the risk of ...
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A question from the famous quote of AGT golden buzzer Nightbirde

I watched a very touching video on youtube recently and there was a very beautiful quote: "You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy" by Nightbirde. What ...

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