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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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A word for someone obsessed with luxury [closed]

A word starts with 's' and means someone obsessed with luxury living
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What is the meaning of “hollowing” in this sentence?

What is the meaning of hollowing in this sentence? Mr Haldane: “Jobs were effectively taken by machines of various types, there was a hollowing out of the jobs market, and that left a lot of ...
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What does it mean that a certain building is “architecture become mathematics”?

I read about the Citigroup Center in NYC in a travel guide, and one sentence said that this building, designed as a graph-paper, is "architecture become mathematics". What does it mean?
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'I didn't know I needed' meaning [closed]

I have seen this phrase in youtube comments: the *sth* I didn't know I needed Could you please explain what does it mean and in which cases should I use it?
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Is a preposition necessary here?

I have almost always heard people say "I pray to [person]" but is it equally correct (just not as commonly used) to say "I pray [person]" ? Like " I pray you?"
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Meaning Go a long way [closed]

Would anyone like to explain me the meaning of phrase "GO A LONG WAY" and how can we use it in a sentence? And how can we use it as "WILL GO A LONG WAY " "GOES A LONG WAY" "WENT A LONG WAY".
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Omit “while” before -ing form

Can I omit "while" before -ing form? Are these two the same in terms of meaning? I think while walking. I think walking. I can see a problem with different verbs: I learn while walking. I learn ...
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Meaning of “second employee”

What does the writer mean here by "second employee" in the below sentence? Later that year, I left my job as the second employee at Pinterest–before I vested any of my stock–to turn it into what I ...
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Can “I'm passing today” colloquially mean “I'm going to refrain (from doing this) today”?

There's this colloquial expression "I'll pass (on that)" which means "I'll refrain (from doing this)". I'm curious if by saying "I'm passing today" as in "I'm going to pass today" one could convey ...
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What is the meaning of “his downfall was a mistletoe”?

While listening to the song Death of the God of Light, I noticed the following sentence. His downfall was a mistletoe Now I only know a mistletoe as the plant/Christmas decoration, which does not ...
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Meaning of 'otherwise' and its use [closed]

Sentence Ex 1. Amir Khan has done so many fantastic films and entertained viewers with his acting skills and perfections. But at the starting of his career, he chose some horrific subjects that ...
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She answers to my questions or She answers my question. Which one? [closed]

everyone. Hope you have a wonderful day or night. I've got a question about how to use answer in a sentence. I'm not sure which one of the sentences below is more correct. 1) She answers to my ...
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What is the word or words for when a person gets himself falsely exonerated for a crime?

Basically a person say has been convicted of murder. He did it. He bribes witnesses and manufactures evidence to clear himself while in jail.
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What is opposite of a phonesthemic meaning?

What is a word for words that sound (phonesthemically) the opposite of the word's meaning? Example: "The phonesthemic Hoosier accent - ‘tarred’ - conveys the burden of dragging one’s exhausted body ...
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Is there an English words that means “excessive amounts of laughing”?

Are there any English words which mean "excessive amounts of laughing", "long-term laughing" or "laughing maniac"? Example sentence: The doctor said "I'm sorry, but your brother has an abnormally ...
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what is the difference between 2 month ago, 2 months previously and 2 months back?

I am very confused regarding use of above mentioned three situations.Where and when should i use these 3 sentences - please explain me
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What does it mean: “ Besides, the intention has been noted”

I was translating a movie in my language. But I didn't get it what he wanted to say that sentence.Here is the conversation: A: The article lacks executive power. - and because of that the other man ...
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Continuation of a sentence

"Worried about the continuing violence in the city many students are set to migrate " In this sentence I don't feel any continuation after "violence in the city" but words are not split by , why?...
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What does “that would be a mistake” mean here?

"The situation is a test of President Donald Trump and his foreign-policy team, including the hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton. This week Mr Bolton hinted at the use of American troops. ...
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Can we use the word North to refer to all of Europe including southern Italy?

The way I see it is that the default position of the world is the equator, and thus Europe could be referred to as the "North", but I am wondering if I am stretching the meaning of the word too ...
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How did “to draw” shift to mean “to depict with lines”?

"To draw" originally meant "to drag, pull", and it's pretty easy to make sense of the many meanings of the verb with that in mind. Draw a sword, draw a card, draw water from a well, draw breath, a ...
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pension advice og pension counselling

When you have a meeting with your pension broker regarding your pension scheme and you pay a fee for his time, do you pay for "pension advice" or "pension counselling"?
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'till / by' the end of this week?

I will prepare some materials 'till or by' the end of this week. Is there any difference in the meaning? Let us imagine today is Monday. Will you have different expectations because of this?
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main clause and subordinate clause

what is the difference between Will he inform us as to when a solution be found? and Will he inform us as to when a solution would be found?
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What are the differences in nuance/meaning between I hope you will spend some time with me, and I want to spend some time with you [closed]

Could anyone help me understand differences in nuance/meaning between 'I hope you will spend some time with me', and 'I want to spend some time with you'.
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What is the definition of dig? If someone begins to cut into a surface is it considered that they have dug something? if not, why not?

According to the following extract: Mrs. Baker wanted to go ice fishing. She read several books on the subject, and finally, after purchasing all the necessary equipment, she went onto the ice. ...
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What is the difference between an echelon and a rank?

I am talking in terms of military ranks and structures. Throughout various sources, I see the two words being used interchangeably, but I cannot still see any clear distinction between the two. From ...
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Word Definition and Usage - Oath

The online dictionary definitions of the word "Oath" do no include the idea that a deity is required. Google Define 1. a solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one's future ...
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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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“Low-value work”…? Academic Definition Help?

I'm writing a paper and need to reference "low-value work", as used by the White House, OPM, OMB, GSA, etc. But can't determine if this idiom/phrase has a specific academic definition? Not just a ...
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Meaning of nuance in context?

What is the meaning of the word Nuance in the following context: The expression of subtle nuances of thought According to the definition, nuances are subtle differences in or shades of meaning, ...
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How to say “Fall asleep in 60 seconds” with 22 characters?

I’m a German app developer of the app “Pulse Breathing” that has recently had some success on the App Store and whose catch-phrase in the marketing strategy is: “Fall asleep in 60 seconds”. Now, the ...
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Help understanding a sentence from “An Introduction to Mathematics”, but it's about Shakespeare!

I'm reading Alfred North Whitehead's "An Introduction to Mathematics". I need help understanding a sentence at the beginning of the book: The study of mathematics is apt to commence in ...
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Meaning of the word “Nuance”? [closed]

What is the meaning of the word "Nuance" in the following contexts: The nuances in Rebecca's tone of voice while talking about her late husband conveyed a feeling of gloom and melancholy. The ...
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“Man of the Earth”, is it an idiom?

And this guy was a man of the earth, so to speak. What does it mean to say someone is "a man of the earth"? This is said by Martin Scorsese in an biography book called "Conversations with Scorsese" ...
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Three quarters of the way back

while reading a book, I faced a sentence whose meaning I struggle to understand: This group its neatly tucked in the middle pews; three-quarters of the way back on Sunday mornings. The context is ...
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To contemplate. Is it too formal? [duplicate]

Is this verb too formal for everyday speech? If yes, then what are the synonyms? I am contemplating leaving my job. Thank you!
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Use of 'auto' as vehicle name

The word bus, is derived from the word Omnibus in Latin since it means for everyone. Over the years this probably got shortened down to bus. Similarly, the word car is derived from the word Carrum ...
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What does word «zippo» means in American slang?

I have to work in contact with one guy from the US who is known for his extremely laconic way of expressing himself in writing (it is curious there are no problems like the one described below when ...
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Offense vs offense

Dont mean to beat a dead dog here but, I looked at all the other threads about offense and did not see anything that answered my question. I am try to see if there is a relation to the two different ...
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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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Ask about right-angle

What do you mean when you say "An apartment doesn't have a single right angle"? Does it just mean this apartment doesn't have any 90-degree angle? Or it has another meaning? If this is the former, ...
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the difference between “with time”, “over time”, “during time” [closed]

what is the difference between the following sentences, and which one is preferable in what occasions: Its characteristics changes with time Its characteristics changes during time Its ...
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Making out the meaning of words

I am listening to a story that has no transcript. So I can’t make out some phrases and therefore the meaning of some sentences. I would really appreciate if you could help me out;) thanks in advance! ...
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Why is this meaning of “snipped” not in dictionaries?

The word "snipped" can seemingly be used to mean "said in a snippy manner": "No," she snipped, obviously annoyed —http://rosemarinetheater.blogspot.com/2013/05/white-boy-can-rap-looking-at-...
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What is the difference in meaning between “clicking on” or “clicking ” the bottom?

by clicking on the bottom. or by clicking the bottom. It seems to me that the first sentence ‘by clicking on the bottom’, the person is clicking contents that comes after the current content and the ...
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He/Him/His VS She/Her/Her

How did her become the female equivalent of both him and his instead of only being a possessive pronoun like his? Is there a reason? For example: She likes him and his dog. He likes her and her dog.
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The meaning of Robinson Crusoe’s “and without with turf”

Towards night, I fixed upon a proper place, under a rock, and marked out a semicircle for my encampment ; which I resolved to strengthen with a work, wall, or fortification, made of double piles, ...
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What' s the meaning of 'mole trap'?

sorry if my English is not good . in season 1-episode 3 of "killing Eve", there a conversation about a murder between Eve and Jin. Jin want to give something Secretly to Eve. Eve : What is that? ...
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Meaning and usage of “There is a lock for every key”

The other day I was watching a television series called The Big Bang Theory on Netflix, and in season 5, episode 6, which is entitled The Rhinitis Revelation Mary Cooper said the following: Now you ...