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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Usage and meaning of 連絡を入れる

Is this true? 連絡{れんらく}を入{い}れる = 連絡する In what situations is it used, and how is it used?
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Is there any difference in meaning between 陥る and 落ち入る?

These two words appear to mean the same thing and the entry on Google dictionary gives the definition as the same for both. Are there any cases where you would use one instead of the other?
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What does “ne” in “so ne” and “gambaru ne” mean?

I heard somebody saying "so ne" which from the context sounded as if "Yeah, sure!". But then also one of my friends wrote to me "Gambaru-ne!" which from the context appeared as if "Gambaru to you too."...
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Meaning of phrase そこそこ上手く、そこそこ下手

I'm a bit confused about the part in bold in the following passage. I can't understand what exactly is the speaker talking about with 上手く and 下手? Is he talking about how the one could be 'so-so good ...
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What does “Ouen shite iru yo!” mean exactly?

One of my friends wrote in the end of the email "Ouen shite iru yo!" (応援{おうえん}しているよ). My approximate translation would be "I will continue to support you!" However, I am not good at Japanese and ...
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Aspects in stylistics/meaning of 東雲

Does the word 東雲 shinonome have some stylistic pecularities? What's the difference between this word and others with the same meaning "daybreak; dawn"?
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Meaning of 私の方が好きだけどね

Context on what happened earlier: He made a comment about his philosophy on becoming friends and she liked it. 「でも うん。私は好きかな。人が好きだから」 「奇遇だね、俺も人が大好きで仕方ないんだ」 「そっか。私の方が好きだけどね」 However, I'...
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meaning of the verb 工夫 in this example

What is the meaning of the verb 工夫 when it is used with clothes? Example: [裏地]{うらじ}を[工夫]{くふう}してみる
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Does “fukushuu suru” mean “review” or “revise”?

Does fukushuu suru mean "to review" or "to revise"? Which meaning may be closer to actual usage?
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嫌い in “私のことを好きか嫌いか”, etc

I often encounter phrases like this in anime & manga, but from what I understand they are quite common in real life too. A girl asks a boy "do you like/love me? no? so then you hate me?". To me ...
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Differences in meanings of interrogative words

Can someone please explain to me the differences between the following interrogative type words? いくらか/いくつか いくらも/いくつも いくらでも/いくつでも いくら/いくつ/どのくらい (in questions) For example I know that いくらか and いくつか ...
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What does ギョグ mean?

In my dictionaries and on the Internet, the only meaning I found for ギョグ was "fishing gear", but in the context of the text I have been translating it does not make sense. The context is: two monsters ...
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What does 言っちゃえば mean? And what does 地面を蹴っていた mean?

I don't know what is the meaning of 言っちゃえば. The sentence is the following: 言っちゃえばこれがダンジョンでの直接の稼ぎになる "That is, this will become a direct gain coming from the dungeon." Is it correct the ...
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が and に interchangeability and difference in meaning

Consider these sentences: だれ{が・に}これが出来るか だれ{が・に}日本語が分からないか When both が and に are acceptable, what is their difference in meaning and practical usage?
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What does ~したいところだ mean?

I've seen it a few times but I'm not sure what it means. Sometimes だが or the like follows. Here's a relevent line I encountered recently: ねぎらいの席…なるほど。確かにあなたは頑張っているから、是非ともねぎらってあげたいところだ The ...
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Is the verb necessary for this sentence to make sense?

I recently started rewatching Naruto and there's one opening song by Little by Little with the lyrics: 悲しみをやさしさに 自分らしさを力に It is supposed to mean something like "turning sadness into kindness, ...
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Scope of negation with 〜したくない

In English, we can distinguish between not wanting to do something, and wanting to not do something. It's not a distinction that we usually make, but it is possible: P = "do anything" A. "I want to ...
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meaning of 四里四方{しりしほう}

I found the set phrase "四里四方{しりしほう}" used on several sites (e.g. here with a pun) but I can't find it in wwwjdic. Is it somehow a superlative of 四方{しほう}, something like "(from) all over (the world) ?"
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相乗りの意味はなんですか。「賞品相乗り」「相乗りしたショップ」はなんですか?

相乗りの意味はなんですか? 「賞品相乗り」「相乗りしたショップ」はなんですか?
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What does the following sentence say about field fires?

My friend and I are reading the book 宝石泥棒 by Masaki Yamada. The first scene is in a Jungle, and the protagonist, a young warrior in primitive attire, is just about to continue on his journey when ...
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What does 箸にも棒にもかからない describe?

I think I understand when you would use 箸にも棒にもかからない, referring to someone who is hopeless - but what situation does the phrase describe? Is there a story behind it? What is happening with chopsticks ...
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What does “itadakimashite” do in this case?

So on the shinkansen, the announcer says something along the lines of: Kyou mo JR wo goriyou itadakimashite, makotoni arigatou gozaimasu. What does itadakimashite do in this situation?
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How do I express “I like to watch you work” in a professional manner [closed]

How can I say something like "I enjoy watching you work" in Japanese? I want to say this to an artist. He has so much focus, enthusiasm, and skill. I feel in awe of him when I see him working. I ...
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What does 先{さき} mean here?

After killing his opponent, Takezou: 颯爽と、一顧して、彼はすぐ後ろへ戻って行くのである。なんでもないことのようだった。もし先{さき}が強ければ、自分が後に捨てられてゆくだけのこととしかしていなかった。 宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治) What does 先 refer to? Could it be his dead ...
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Do ~せずに~したほうがいい and ~しながら~しないほうがいい have identical meaning?

Do the following sentences have identical meaning? A: チャットせずに勉強したほうがいいです。 Edit: B: 勉強しながらチャットしないほうがいいです。
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Usage of …から参加し

この会議には第2回から参加し、「今回のテーマは"システムズ×ひろげる"。 I'm having problems understanding the meaning of から参加し in the above sentence. Is it something like "having participated since the 2nd conference"?
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Why does 屋根 means roof and 天井 means ceiling? Shouldn't it be the contrary?

I was learning these words with my kanji list, and I thought that I made a mistake and switched their meanings, but after checking the dictionary again I realized that actually their definition is ...
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What are the best ways to convey the idea of getting to a destination?

To express to get to or to reach a destination I see a few options: 到達{とうたつ}する 達{たっ}する 到着{とうちゃく}する 届{とど}く And variations. I have found 到達する as having clear examples with physical destinations (e....
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Difficulty understanding なんないのも

ほめられるために、あんなに努力しなきゃなんないのも大変だね In order to win praise, unless you put in great effort like that, ????? The only way I can translate the end of the sentence is "not having hardship is difficult" i.e ...
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What is the purpose of 中 in ダウンロード中?

When I am downloading something, this comes up. I guess it would mean that the download is in progress or something but it seems a little unexpected to have that there. Is it something that you'd say ...
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身にまとう related question

I didn't find 身にまとう in Japanese-English dictionary, but I understood from a Japanese dictionary that it can mean "wear" or "acquire knowledge" I'm wondering if this part means what I think it means: ...
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What's the meaning of 乃?

Google Translator gives me no result.
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What does さあ (saa) mean?

I have seen this term used a lot in many different ways. 「さあ、忘れましょうその未来が」 saa, wasuremashou sono mirai ga — in this sense, I assume it means "come". But I have also seen it used as 「でもさあ」 demo saa — ...
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Identification of ライヤ: 来夜、来耶、来也 and its meaning

I do not know what is the correct word for ライヤ in the song 雷火ライヤ from Stella Glow, nor its meaning. There are 2 sources that give the title of the song: 雷火{らいか}来耶{ライヤ} 雷火{らいか}来夜{ライヤ} ...
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What is the image/feeling/concept behind 面白半分に◯◯する?

In a phrase like: 面白{おもしろ}半分に見る or 面白半分に言う What is the concept behind the 半分 and why is it connected with the verb using に? Is it like "all things have two parts/aspects": serious (真剣半分?) ...
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What does 将 mean?

I know that this words means "Leader", but I need help thinking of a keyword that helps me decipher words containing the Kanji 将. Take this word for example 未成年. To me, individually, these Kanji ...
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What does 捜す refer to here?

沢庵 {たくあん} 「花御堂にかざる花を、一人で摘むのはたいへんだ、わしも手伝おうよ」 お通 {つう} 「そんな、裸のままで、見ッともない」 沢庵 「人間は元来、裸のものさ、かまわん」 お通 「いやですよ、尾いて来ては!」 お通{つう}は逃げるように、寺の裏へ駈けて行った。やがて負い籠を背にかけ、鎌を持って、こっそり裏門からぬけてゆくと、沢庵{たくあん}は、...
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What does 便りの空だのみ mean?

お通{おつう} is grieving for 又八{またはち}(武蔵{たけぞう} is his friend) who left for war a year ago: その又八{またはち}は、村の武蔵{たけぞう}といっしょに、去年の夏、戦へとびだしてから、その年が暮れても、沙汰がなかった。正月には――二月には――と便りの空だのみも、この頃は頼みに持てなくなった。...
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trouble with comprehension: 最大公約数的な and くらいにまで

Following is an excerpt from 「涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱」. My questions concern the last sentence. 世界の物理法則がよく出来ていることに関心しつつ自嘲しつつ、いつしか俺はテレビのUFO特番や霊特集を熱心に観なくなっていた。 いるわけねー……でもちょっとはいて欲しい、...
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why is でのこと used?

I have two questions regarding the opening lines of a short story called 真夜中の王女(midnight princess) ある王国でのこと。 うつくしい王女が十五歳でなくなって、そのなきがらをおさめたひつぎが、教会にはこびこまれた。 Is the use of でのこと just to give the ...
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Is 日 “hi” or “ni”? [duplicate]

日 is at the start of "Nihon" (Japan) making me think it means "Ni" but 日 means Day which is written in romaji as "hi" and pronounced "hi". If 日 has multiple meanings how am I supposed to read it?
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Clarification on 僕は落ちるのが怖い

I have seen 僕は落ちるのが怖い translated as "I am afraid to fall". Could it also be used to mean "I am afraid to fail".
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What does 撓{た}める mean in these 2 sentences?

1) 又八{またはち}は、壁の陰に立って、刀を振りかぶり、彼らの首が入口から三寸と出たら、ばさりと斬ッて落そうと、撓{た}めきッている。 2) 武蔵{たけぞう}は黒樫の木剣を横に撓{た}めて待っていた、そして典馬{てんま}の脚もとを目がけて、半身を投げ出すように烈しく払った。 {宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)} What dictionary ...
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Meaning of そのままにする

I came across a sentence I don't understand. The essay it's from has a feminist theme about the roles of women in Japan. It's the second sentence below: それは尊敬すべき努力ですが、主婦はすべてそうするべきだというのには、賛成できません。 ...
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The different nuances of wanting to go to do something

I have been wondering about the different nuances each of the following sentences carries. Maybe I am trying to interpret too much into these, but I am really curious about the slight difference it ...
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Meaning of “すわりがいい”?

In a book about introductory Mandarin Chinese written in Japanese, one of the first sections lists some special characteristics of Mandarin not familiar to Japanese speakers (e.g. usually only one ...
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Exact meaning of 教科書をトピックに選ぶ

The following sentence is from a formal conversation. The student is talking to a teacher. 実は日本語のクラスでプロジェクトワークをしていまして、私は日本の歴史の教科書をトピックに選びました。 Can someone explain to me the exact meaning of "...
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What does “僕が来る前からこーだったんですが?” mean?

Well, the title says it. The sentence is from a manga, where a boy lives together with his very lazy aunt, so the boy has to take care of laundry, cleaning, dishes, cooking etc. while she's drinking ...