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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 "pent"

Under the arching heavens of the afternoon swift passing, and the voices of children and women, The many-moving sea-tides, and I saw the ships how they sail’d, And the summer approaching ...
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Confusion about the meaning of "narrowly"

What does this adverb really mean? Sometimes I even cannot understand if it has negative or positive implication. Oxford has three definition for this word: Only just; by only a small margin. ‘...
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Are both versions correct?

source: AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND | GEORGE MACDONALD But for a four-wheeler as takes families and their luggages, he's the very horse. I was searching for the usage of luggages and found ...
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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 the word nonce in a specific context

I came across this word in a biography of the Beatles and I can't grasp its meaning, so I would be grateful to anybody who could try to explain it to me. I looked up various definitions in a ...
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Semantic implications of "The President and we are disbanding the Forum"

In a widely publicized statement, a group of CEO's on President Trump's "Strategic and Policy Forum" wrote that because of contention surrounding recent statements by the president: As such, the ...
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What is the meaning of the following sequence of words: "adj or pp+as+pronoun+verb"?

What is the meaning of the following sequence of words: "adj or pp+as+pronoun+verb"? Example: It is climate that largely determines the type of agriculture that may be carried out in a particular ...
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Meaning of gosh all, git-up in this context

In the song Jeepers creepers by Louis Armstrong, there is a line that goes like this: Oh, gosh all, git up, how'd they get so lit up? It refers to the eyes of a person. My question is: what does "...
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established in or over

In the following passage from Meredith's Diana of the Crossways, Sir Lukin, who tried to seduce the heroine and who has to keep that episode in secret from his wife, is remorseful. Reflection ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to use "It was double the pleasure..."?

English is my second language and somebody told me that the second sentence I created is grammatically incorrect: It was a great pleasure to meet you. And it was double the pleasure to share a ...
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"that was a classic money handshake"

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) Almost at the beginning of the play one of the characters uses this phrase: classic money handshake. What does it mean? (Barry ...
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Meaning of dialogue in “Madam Secretary” episode

I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season 1, episode 14. And there are some dialogues I can't understand. I wonder what the meaning of last two sentences is. Please help me! Russell:I'm ...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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Is it possible to 'claim' a concession?

Underlying most OED definitions of the word claim, both noun and verb, is some notion of right or entitlement. ( An exception arises in the case of meaning 2c - the loosely used he claimed to be ...
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1610 Meaning of 'occasion'

Source: Journals of the House of Lords (1610) That whereas the House of Commons have already, among their Grievances, preferred a Petition to His Majesty, as of Right and Justice, That the Four ...
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what is the meaning of 'ruinously'?

What meaning does 'ruinously' convey in the given sentence: "A city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name." Does it mean that, it was so badly sad that it had forgotten its name or that ...
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Endebted v. indebted: is there a difference in meaning?

I was recently told by a senior academic that I ought to replace the word indebted with endebted in an essay during which I suggest one text alludes to another. I have searched the web (no help) and ...
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Meaning of the term "empty use" in the context of modal verbs

I'm reading a book titled Comprehensive High School English Grammar & Composition. The author, who is Indian, says this on the use of the modal verbs can and could: Can is used to express "...
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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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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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What is the meaning of "flat-footed" in this context?

The word 'flat-footed' appears several times in the Harry Potter books and I am not quite sure what to make of it. It could be interpreted in several different ways, I think. And normally in the ...
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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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Usage of 'fit' as tight

In Indian languages I have seen the usage of the word 'fit' as being used to imply something is too-tight. In a Gujarati the sentence would use the word 'fit' to describe a garment that is too tight ...
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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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Using the adjective "specific" as suffix

are the following structures interchangeable ?? 1- This course is more specific to engineering. 2- It is more of an engineering-specific course.
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philosophical modes

I don't understand what the author means by "philosophical modes" here. Could you exemplify what it refers to? Hutton agreed with Lewes that "feminine ability has found for itself a far ...
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A particular use of the expression "turn down"

I have just come upon the following sentence in a book: "A page was turned down, as if to draw attention to some passage". (The specific context is very simple: the character has taken a ...
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What does "draw in crude oil inventories" mean?

Oil Plunges After API Reports Large Unexpected Crude Inventory Build | OilPrice.com The American Petroleum Institute (API) estimated on Tuesday a large crude oil inventory build, of 8.731 million ...
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What does “as of” mean in this sentence?

The ocean threw its water over the island with the roar as of many voices.
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What does the phrase 'ground and grist' mean?

If moral reflection is dialectical, it needs opinions and convictions, however partial and untutored, as ground and grist. What does the phrase 'ground and grist' mean?
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Is "only" here for emphasis?

Here’s the context where "only’ appears.
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Does sickness improve?

I struggle to explain the situation when a person asks me about someone who has been sick and has become a bit better. For example: Peter has been sick and after a period of time he becomes better. ...
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Usage of the word Requisite

I have a form with mandatory input field for Phone Number or Account Number. Would it be correct to name this fields as 'Requisite' ? Is it correct to name PhoneNumber/AccountNumber as Requisite ?
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Different meanings in context - "having thus deeply committed himself" - but the question is, committed to what?

Background: In Chapter 18 of Dickens' Great Expectations, Mr Wopsle was reading aloud a sensational murder case from the newspaper; even though it was only a preliminary report, before the trial had ...
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Origin of merry 'little' christmas

Somewhere else on this site I read about the history of the sentence Merry Christmas. Frequently I encounter the sentence 'Merry little Christmas' for example in songs. I wonder what is the meaning of ...
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'I disagree that either of these options is correct'

I thought that I mastered the usage of "either" (and neither)...only to be unsure about the following sentence (which I heard, not that it was me who said it): I disagree that either of these ...
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Is 'a ... lot' derogatory?

From this question, here is a quote from The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist by Conan Doyle, published in 1903: The landlord further informed me that there are usually week-end visitors—‘a warm ...
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Can "to fly on" be used to mean "to land"?

Can "to fly on" be used to mean "to land"? Here are two examples: (1) "The Navy has traversed a long and complicated road in trying to develop a UAS that would fly on and off ...
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Can "the light" see the seas of summer leaves?

There is this song called Run in the Rain (by Tom Grennan). And part of the lyrics (Verse 2) goes like this: When the light can see The seas of summer leaves The melodies resolve and the ...
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Pragmatics and subtle differences in meaning 'good' vs 'all-right', 'ok' etc

I've heard and noticed that the word 'good', when used in conversation, has connotations that may not be obvious to an L2 user. 'Good' can be taken to mean, that the person using it is hierarchically ...
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Is "entitled to" the same as "entitled as"?

I was listening to a philosophy video from the university of Queensland (on four dimensionalism view on fission) and at the end there was a paragraph that says: Since I am many, I survive as many, ...
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"by whom the sums were paid" vs "who paid the sums"

Richard and Damian Taylor. Contract Law Directions (2019 7 ed). pp 278-279. I don't understand the syntax of the relative clause underlined in red. I've removed that paragraph's adjuncts to focus ...
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What does 'jealous' mean in 'the Courts are bound to be jealous, lest they should turn contracts of service into contracts of slavery'?

Paul Davies. JC Smith's The Law of Contract (2018 2 ed). p. 454. As this case was published in 1890, I don't know if Fry LJ were using an older meaning of 'jealous', let alone try to guess which ...
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What are the meanings of "devoted to" and "year of years" in the passage?

Even his artistic oeuvre, though sublime, is minute. Fewer than 20 finished works are generally attributed to da Vinci. He failed to complete some of his most important commissions such as the “...
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Does 'evinced' make sense in this context?

Is this sentence correct, and if so, does the word evinced make sense here? An aura of gloom and doom had also settled over the City, evinced by a fusion of dirt, ash, building debris, and ...
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Meaning of "its own loom would have forsworn" in O Henry's "Furnished Room"

The paragraph is as follows; The young man followed her up the stairs. A faint light from no particular source mitigated the shadows of the halls. They trod noiselessly upon a stair carpet that its ...
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adverb vs. adverb + enough

Interestingly, only 38% of couples bother to get married these days. Interestingly enough, only 38% of couples bother to get married these days. What is the difference between the meanings of 1 ...
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Can participant be used for devices or machines

I have a technical documentation where robots are working together in a team. They are referred to as participants (lower case!). Is this correct in English? How should it be called? (field bus) ...
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meaning of 'narrow' in 'narrow possessiveness'

What does 'narrow' mean in the following sentence, which is from Political Ideals (1917) by Bertrand Russell? He will not desire for his country the passing triumphs of a narrow possessiveness, but ...

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