意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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Please help with translating this. Thank you [on hold]

datte. koko ni iru seishin byounin wa hidoi! kurishitai hodo!
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Meaning of 娘が心配しちゃいますので

「お礼に一杯おごろう。実は今日、給料が入ったんだ」 「そうですね、嬉しいお誘いなのですが……」 「……娘が心配しちゃいますので」 Context: The above two characters have been out for a while and the guy offers to treat her with his pay. She declines because: 1) ...
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How to say “Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women”?

I want to say the following Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women. in Japanese. My attempt is as follows. 不美人どころか、美人も魅力的だとは限らない。 Is it correct and natural?
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Usage of word white in context and alone

Could anyone explain the difference in the meaning of word white written using following kanji or Kana? 白い, しろ, しろい. Thanks!
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ことか to place strong emphasis on something?

According to this website (http://www.jlptsensei.com/grammar-lesson/kotoka/) "ことか is used to place strong emphasis on something." This is the only explanation I could find. I was wondering if that is ...
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Difference between 「彷徨う」 and 「彷徨える」、「狂う」 and 「狂える」 etc

In 大辞林, the definition of さまよえる as in さまよえるオランダ人 is あてもなくさまよっている。 while the (primary) definition of さまよう is 当てもなく、あるいは目指す所が見つからずにあちこち歩き回る。 What's the difference between the two words, and ...
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Meaning of 迷いを断ち切るかのように

「いや、そこまでは大丈夫」 迷いを断ち切るかのように。 可愛くも小憎たらしい優の顔から視線を外して断る。 I know that the definition of 迷いを断ち切る is 心を悩ませることについて考えるのをやめること and that かのように is 動作や状況を他の何事かに喩える表現 (i.e likening ...
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Clarifying meaning of 満系

I'm reading a Japanese term paper and have come across the term 満系, in this context: 日系軍官の満系統制 I am guessing based on the context and searching for possible meanings that it equates to something ...
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When might someone say おしたいしておりました?

In what situation might a Japanese person say おしたいして おりました and what is it most commonly used to imply?
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meaning of 蓮も好きなんだから

「あぁっ しかもあんな強引にされちゃったりして」 「もぉ… 蓮も好きなんだから」 What does 蓮も好きなんだから mean in the above? To me it's ambiguous and could mean "I also love you", "you also love me", or that he also loves something else. ...
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What is the meaning of this sign? [closed]

We saw this sign over an exit and its not the typical exit kanji - does anyone know it's meaning?
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what does “たすかれます” mean and use for?

I know 助かります (助かる) means: to be saved; to be rescued; to survive. Imperative form : 助かれ but people say 助かれます(i.e. Amazon.co.jp delivery man came earlier than specified time and i said 早いですね、he ...
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What does どうにも穏やかではなさそうだが mean

それで一体どうしたのかね?どうにも穏やかではなさそうだが My question is about the meaning of 穏やかではなさそうだ in the above. According to the man who asked him this, he found the protagonist fainted in the park. The translation in ...
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What does かこっかな mean?

I see this used but I can't figure out what it means.
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What is the meaning and reading of 小奴?

I saw it used recently but don't remember the line. It was being used toward a group of subordinates, as 小奴ら. I can't find the word in any dictionary or being explained online. What is the meaning and ...
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How to translate a sentence that has no particles

I'm reading a manga and a man (Shusuke) and woman (Nozomi) are having a conversation. It starts out with them talking about congratulating a mutual friend (Sawada) on getting a job when Shusuke says: ...
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We are now living in the era of smartphone in which uneducated lazy people look busy and important, how to say it in Japanese?

I want to say the following: We are now living in the era of smartphone in which uneducated lazy people look (as if they are) busy and important. And my attempt is as follows: ...
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What does らいたい mean here?

This is in the beginning of the Oregairu manga (it's on the 10th page of volume 1, which is in the free sample on ebookjapan): 近頃の高校生はらいたいこんな感じじゃないでしゅか What does らいたい mean here? I would also be ...
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Help with おうおういっちょ前におったてて because I can't understand!

I'm reading a manga in Japanese and need help with this, because I can't understand what it really means. Thanks! "おうおういっちょ前におったてて"
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What does んだけど mean here?

「……さすがにそれはちょっと、あまりオススメできないっていうか……」 優には悪いけど、恥ずかしい……。 俺があのベッドで寝るのも恥ずかしいし、自分の部屋にあるのも恥ずかしい……。 ……というか根本的な問題として置けるのか、アレは。 「なんで? 私と寝るのイヤなの?」 「いや……そういうことは全くもってない**んだけど**……」 「じゃあ問題ない、いい生活にはいい睡眠が大事」 Can ...
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Vて+しまう? 他の使い方がある?

「Vて+しまう」 to express an action that has taken place unintentionally often with unsatisfactory results (guidetojapanese.org). I have a sentence below and I don't know what the 「しまう」 for. 試験が終わった!...
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The colour of 青黄色い

I'm reading Kawabata's 「雪国」alongside Seidensticker's translation from 1956. A few pages in our narrator casts a glance at a sick man's hand and describes it as 男の青黄色い手. Now I'm wondering what colour ...
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Meaning of: やりまくり

I'm reading a manga and two people are having a conversation about a secret rendezvous (not sure yet if it's a rendezvous between the two people speaking or the people they are speaking about), when ...
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The tense of punctual verbs as noun modifiers

I got a listening transcript (that has been cropped for the sake of simplicity) as follows The context is about people who got (and still) married rather than people who will marry or people got ...
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Meaning of ついて when issued as a command?

I was watching a video of people in Japan getting yelled at and stopped by police, and several times I'd hear them yell「ついて!」. I was unsure of the meaning, and after looking it up I couldn't figure ...
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What are these types of 当て字?

I was trying to find ways to translate people's names into 当て字, and came across this website that seems to list 4 types of 当て字: 暴走族風【ぼうそうぞくふう】, 宝塚風【たからづかふう】, お子様風【おこさまふう】, 難読文字【なんどくもじ】 The best ...
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japanese long sentences

他方、成績評価の甘い授業が高く評価されたり、人気取りに走る教師が出たりし、成績の安売りや大学教師のレベルダウンという弊害をもたらす恐れがある、などの反省意見もある. i really dont understand this sentence meaning, anyone knows? on the other hand, by focusing on evaluating lessons ...
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“The eye (crust ?) laughs at the booger”?

What does this phrase mean? 目くそ鼻くそを笑うだよね。 Is it some sort of idiom? Does it have a parallel in English?
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What is the のって supposed to mean here?

I'm translating a game and this is the sentence:恭介が気に入るレア物のCDを探すのって....結構大変なんだよね. What is the meaning of のって after 探す?
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Explaining the phrase 目がくっきり

I found an article here, and it's title starts with the phrase 目がくっきり. How to translate it?
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Conventions used to comprehend graphs, charts, etc

Consider the following graph and the 7th and 8th statements. For me, the 7th and 8th statements are ambiguous. 7th statement If we consider the statement only by subtracting 13.2 from 18.9 which ...
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The usage of 向き合う in a romantic context, as well as sports

What would 向き合う mean in a romantic context? Is it something similar to "connecting with each other"? Or is it something else? In a sports context, does it automatically mean "facing each other as ...
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Can I use やめた instead of やめる in this sentence?

会社をやめるかもしれません。 Can I say "会社をやめたかもしれません。"? Is the second usage acceptable in Japanese?
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With 規則 and 規定, where do you draw the line?

I've been trying to nail down the difference between 規定 and 規則. Three different dictionaries I checked define these both as some combination of "rule", "regulation", or "provision." After checking a ...
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Who is considering marriage here?

This is from a manga, if that matters. It's written on the bottom of the last page of the story, so there is no further info on what happened. 現在私は家を出て一人暮らし そして由利{ゆり}姉とは今でも続いており ...
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Is the word Canon キヤノン (camera brand) related with キャメラ?

I am not sure whether it is on-topic here, but the following question was asked on English Language and Usage. What does the word “Canon” (the digicam brand) mean? I searched the word and its ...
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背中を押す Phrase Meaning

I encounter the phrase 「背中を押す」 in many Japanese songs, and I'm having the feeling that it is a phrase not having the obvious meaning of "to push one's back". What's the meaning of this phrase? ...
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help with AをBに回せる and 騎

This is a small part of the dialogue of Fate/stay night: あれ一体{いったい}だけで 他{ほか}の六騎{ろっき}を敵{てき}に回{まわ}せるぞ Why they use 騎 as a counter for Servants? Many times I have seen this construction: ...
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meaning in context of 矛先 and 逃げ切る

I'm writing my thesis on the newly perceived generation of さとり世代. My Japanese reading is fairly good but I have this one article that I cannot crack. My question is regarding the meaning of a word in ...
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japanese ambiguous sentences [closed]

hello guys can you help me to translate this ambiguous sentence? これは道路の上に作られた細い溝と、その上を通るタイヤによって作られるのだが、制限速度で走らないと音楽らしい音楽に聞こえない。 translation: it is narrow gutter which is laid on top of road, ...
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What is the difference between 捕まえられた and 捕まった?

Consider the following sentences: A: 私が警察に捕まえられた。 B: 私が警察に捕まった。 Both mean I was caught by the police. Question What is the difference between 捕まえられた and 捕まった ?
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How to say “I have been ~ for X months”

Nihongo ha kyuu kagetsu ni benkyou shiteiru = I've been studying japanese for 9 months. If it's wrong, why? Should it be "kyuu kagetsu go ni?"
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What is the meaning of ~てきた in the following sentence?

A: その封筒を開けると、便箋一枚の手紙と一万円札2枚が出てきた。 My translation: A: If that envelop is opened, one sheet of letter paper and 2 sheets of 10 thousand yen bills 出てきた. In my understanding, ~てきた represents ...
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Meaning of [あまりこない] and [全くこない] in the following context

I have a question about the meaning of these two "words" [あまりこない] and [全くこない]. The complete sentence was この美術館[あまりこない]ではなくて[全くこない]. The brackets were also in the original text. This is from ...
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What does かける mean in 人類の宇宙にかける夢はとどまるところを知らない?

Consider the following sentence. 人類の宇宙にかける夢はとどまるところを知らない。 人類 mankind 宇宙 universe かける ? 夢 dream とどまるところを知らない when it stops is unknown (lit. it keeps on happening) As there are many meaning for ...
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Why does this mean they'll return 90% of the money, not 10%?

費用の10%の手数料を引いた金額をお返しいたします Does this mean they will return back 90% of the money or only 10%? The answer is they will return 90% but could you explain me how to translate this sentence from Japanese ...
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Difference between ワクチン and 予防接種

Is the difference between ワクチン (Wikipedia article) and 予防接種 (Wikipedia article) that the former refers to the medication that is injected into you (a vaccine), whereas the latter refers to the act of ...
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Difference between「湿る」「濡れる」

Could you help me to understand the difference between「湿る」「濡れる」?
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Nuances of 老いる and 老ける

I return with another nuance question! Today, I learned the kanji 老. Two of the example words were [老]{お}いる and [老]{ふ}ける, which my book defined both as, "to grow old". I searched around for the ...
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What's is the difference between these two forms?

So for what I knew the "potential form" of the verbs are for example: 話せる for 話す, a godan verb. 見られる for 見る, an ichidan verb. But then I find this form for the ichidan verbs that seems to mean the ...