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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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Need help with 1 sentence [MC and his secretary. She said this while Mc's complaining about being the next leader of his prestigious family]

Context: MC is about to become the new head of his family ,which has been governing 1 big land for many generations .He complains to his secretary that's it's hard and feels like he isn't ready for ...
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「認識できません」の意味の広さ

例えば、パソコンのグラフィックボードを挿しているけど、壊れていて、「認識できません」というエラーが出てもおかしくないと思います。 この「認識できません」は一義的にcannot recognizeという意味になりますか。それとも、最初から挿していなかった場合、"cannot detect"という意味としても「認識できません」という表現を使いますか。 このような文脈で、...
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What does 香代は香代で (Kayo wa Kayo de) mean in this context ?[A husband is speaking about his wife's career, explains why she left him and their child] ] [duplicate]

when reading i met this sentence but not sure about this part ,much thanks if anyone can explain to me its meaning 「香代は香代で、考古学研究の第一人者ですから。そんな人間を、私と穂花で独り占めするのはもったいない」 My guess : "Because Kayo (his ...
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What is the meaning of か in phrases such as ~ばかりか and ~のみか?

I'm studying N2 grammar and I was surprised by the meaning of ばかりか and のみか when I first came across them. E.g: あの人は、学校の成績がいいばかりかスポーツもできる。 I can see these か forms are the same as ばかりでなく and のみならず (...
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Is there any significant difference between 駆け回る and 駆け巡る?

I already knew the word 駆け回る, which means "to run about", "to bustle about". Well, I recently came across the term 駆け巡る that seems to mean the same. Are both words safely ...
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Understanding "[隣]{となり}の[女]{おんな}の[人]{ひと}も"

I'm trying to understand the beginner sentence: 隣の女の人も、かばんから漫画の本を出しました。 which apparently translates to The girl beside him took out a manga from her bag too. The contents of the sentence before ...
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What does 足元をうろちょろする mean?

I’m reading 『魔女の宅急便2キキと新しい魔法』. There’s a sentence about Kiki (a witch who’s the main character of this book) and Jiji (Kiki’s cat who can talk with her) saying: キキは安心したようにマルコさん(というカバ)を見、それから、...
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Usage of か after 出向く

すっきりしたし司令部へ出向くか From what I understand, this phrase is composed of: すっきり - Refreshing した - Did し - So/and 司令部 - headquarters 出向く - go to/proceed to か - ? So the translation would be something along ...
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What does ことに mean when combined with 幸運 (good luck)?

I saw someone write 幸運はことに, how would you translate this to English?
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Difference in meaning for どういうこと

If you say どういうこと, as ど\ういうこと, when asking a question, I think it just asks for an explanation (possibly followed by a quick rise on that last mora). But when someone already knows what is going on (...
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Does the Japanese word "akasuki" means "bright improvement" in English?

We are an outgoing college students, we've decided to choose a Japanese name for our class. We want it to be meaningful, it should represent our ambitions to grow and further improve ourselves. We ...
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Meaning of ご帰還あそばれなされた [duplicate]

Full sentence: 「俺様がご帰還あそばれなされたぞ!」 I think this sentence means something alike to: "I have returned!" My main problem with this sentence is the usage of あそばれなされた. From my understanding, this ...
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What is the meaning of 以上に in the following sentence?

I came across the following sentence in a text about 俳句 (emphasis, translation and words in square brackets mine): 携帯電話で俳句を送り合って遊ぶ若者もいますし、外国人が日本人以上にすばらしい俳句を表現することもあります。 There are youngsters who play ...
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Meaning of the word 水戸黄門. Is there a hidden nuance?

I was re-watching Usagi Drop. When the MC tries to unfold a plastic bag or something, his hands are not slippery enough to separate the plastic handle. After harassing him in a cute way, the little ...
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Meaning of 命からがら as a noun

あのときは命からがらじゃった。 It was life and death that time. I think I've translated the feeling of the sentence correctly but I can't fully understand the grammar. First, I'm assuming じゃった is just old man ...
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What does ふらふら mean? And can お花 mean 花嫁?

I'm reading 魔女の宅急便 その5 魔法のとまり木, and there's a sentence I don't understand. Kiki, the main character of this story who is a witch living with a speaking cat, does a delivery service, and gets something ...
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What are the meaning and the usage of 夏に入{い}る and 立夏?

According to weblio.jp, 夏に入る is a synonym of 立夏. I have two questions regarding these words. Do these 夏に入る and 立夏 refer to a specific day, or they just mean the beginning of summer in a broader sense?...
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What is the meaning of 詠{よ}む in the following sentence? この俳句に詠{よ}まれている季節はいつでしょうか。

I provide the full paragraph for context. The sentence in question is stressed in bold: 下に挙げたのは、アメリカの大学が日本語の授業で作った俳句の例です。 ?> 静かだね。 雪の音しか 聞こえない 子が母が 呼び合うごとく 蝉のなく 秋の歌 落ちた木の葉に 書いてある 春の午後 ホームレスたち ...
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What is the meaning of [もう1万円から計算してしまいますよ] here?

Here is an example of the type of language used at work called バイト敬語. I am quite confused as to why it is talking about the customer trying to pay the change aka friction of money? Does it assumes the ...
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Understanding 人は常に、その人唯一の存在でございますれば

言葉とは裏腹にテレザの声は冷たい。雪の女王のような面差しが、今は真実凍りつくようだ。  貴方の前ではそうとしか在れないとテレザは言って、そう在ってほしいと自分は望んだ。  許される幻影など、自分には永劫相応しくないから。 「代わりにはなり得ません。誰も彼も。人は常に、その人唯一の存在でございますれば」  フレデリカが淡々と言う。 「それでも、人は清算を求めるものであろ。それがどのような形であれ」 ...
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What does the “べつに” in this sentence mean? [duplicate]

私の心はべつに先輩と高科さんとの間では揺れ動いたりしてないです。 What does the “べつに” add to the sentence? What does “べつに” modify or change about the sentence? What difference in meaning would there be if the same sentence was ...
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What is the meaning of 何店舗かあるコンビニ?

In the first chapter of the novel 悪人 the author talks about how the stores are being arranged and how it starts to have a parking lot 何店舗かあるコンビニだけを注意して見ていくと、荒江交差点を出てしばらくは通りに面して直接店舗の入口があるのだが、...
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Meaning of sentence ending もん

「でも時々いるわよ。私のクラスでも犬に追いかけられたって話、たまにきくもん」 父ヒロシに続いて、お姉ちゃんが冷静に言った。 "You occasionally hear stories of being chased by stray dogs even in my class" said her sister calmly, following on from dad. ...
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What does 「他にやたら」mean in this sentence? 「今はいないけど他にやたら頑丈なお姉さんもいるんですよ」

I found this line while watching an anime and can't I don't know what word to look for in the dictionary for it 今はいないけど、他にやたら頑丈なお姉さんもいるんですよ What does 「他にやたら」mean in this sentence?
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The meaning of 精神的にくるものあるよ

The sentence 精神的にくるものあるよ is translated in the subtitles as "She's totally killing my vibe". I don't understand how that meaning comes from 精神的 (which is just "mental / spiritual state&...
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Meaning of うっとひる

Maruo is being asked to get rid of a wild dog by his classmates: 「退治してくんなきゃ、学級委員の資格ないぞブー」 はまじと関口と三人組のブー太郎が大まじめな顔で言うと、丸尾君がうっとひるんだ。 「そうだそうだ、丸尾やれ~~~~」 「丸尾君、おねがいーーーー」 クラス中から声があがった。 "Unless you get ...
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Meaning of もしものこと

狂犬病というこわい病気は最近は日本ではなかなか発生していませんが、もしものことを考えて、犬にかまれたら病院に行かなくてはなりませんよ。 There hasn't been an outbreak of the scary disease known as rabies in Japan recently but considering ????, if you get bitten by a ...
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のなら: emphasis or hearsay?

What is the additional nuance in meaning when の is inserted before なら? For example: トムが行く(の)なら、私も行きます。 In the Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese (p. 69) it says の occurs before なら when the ...
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Meaning of (せ)にゃ and から(な)

I found the following two sentences: あとで添削せにゃ。- I'll look it over later. この世界にゃ魔法ってのがあるからな - There's magic on this world. I checked the dictionary and some of the meanings of "にゃ" includes &...
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What does やの mean in 汚れやの匂いがする? [closed]

汚れやの匂いがする I know the sentence means something along the lines of "smells like dirt". But I have no idea what the やの means. The context is that it is talking about the natural forest ...
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Meaning of といえど

In a book I found this sentence: ありえない。そうおもってるつつも、彼は腰からハンマーを引き抜く。亡き師匠から引き継いだハンマー—その名も『万能鉄槌』は、どんな金属の正体も丸裸にする。一見するとただのハンマーだが、使い手の『能力』と結びつくと絶妙な効果を発揮する。そして、世界広しといえどこれを使いこなせる職人はフィーゴ・アンヴィルただ一人だ I ...
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What does "平穏とは消耗を以て代わりに成す" mean?

This is a sentence from a song called "ロウワー", but I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean. The wiki translation says it's "Tranquility is exchanged for attribution" but that seems ...
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Difference between として (toshite) & ように (youni)

I Can't understand the difference between として and ように. What is the difference between these word? examples: として: 私は君を友達として愛している。 I love you as friend. ように: 私は君を友達ように愛している. I love you as friend.
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Help understand 俺の腕前がわかったろう。 [closed]

Veterans, please help me understand the following sentence. You can help me by either explaining grammar or providing an accurate and literate translation in English. If you need context information, ...
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Simple phrase with comma for emphasis, sounds natural?

I'm attempting to find an equivalent for the phrase "Broken, like glass.". It should hold its emotional weight, so what comes to my mind is: 「ガラスみたい、破った。」, but I'm not sure if holds the same ...
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Whats the diffrence with に and を in this sentence?

I am having trouble understanding the use of に in this following sentence, and also if putting を instead of に would change the meaning of the sentence. 何に興味がありますか。
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What is the meaning of 付きっきり?

What is the meaning of 付きっきり? I usually see it used in the sense of "babysitting" is this the only meaning?
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What does とびっことりっこ mean?

I’m translating a Japanese novel into my language. The novel I’m working with is a fantasy story about a teen witch and children. But I’m not sure about the meaning of とびっことりっこ which appears several ...
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What does こんな青い空のなか きっとわたしは 空いろで 風のかたちで はこばれる mean?

I'm translating Japanese novel into my language. The novel I'm working with now is a fantasy novel about a witch, written for young adult. There's a song that the witch sings during she's flying in ...
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What does コピー mean here?

There isn't really much context to the word コピー here, so I am inserting the whole page of the manga. I understand the basic meanings of コピー, which are pretty much the same as the English copy, but I ...
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What is the meaning of なりうるがため in this context?

恐るべき 事態に なりうるがため、 子細を 伝えることはできぬ。 The context is that I'm talking to a wizard in the game who happens to know something about my future. Currently, I am trying to figure the exact construction/meaning ...
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specific context of てもらう

In this sentence, I am unsure what てもらった is referencing, as the parts that follow make me unsure of what it is trying to convey. If it helps, I have added the past and following sentence to make more ...
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What does 人が重なるように働いている mean?

I'm translating a Japanese novel. Here's a part of the novel I'm working with: Aさんの指図をうけてお魚をつぎつぎ焼く人、ならんだおなべのスープをかき回す人、野菜を洗う人、きざむ人、できた料理を大皿に盛る人、人がかさなるようにはたらいています。 つくっても、つくっても、まだまだたりません。 I'm not sure ...
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「手があれてひっかかっちゃう」とは何ですか?

日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今、手がけている小説にこんな文章があります。 (Aは主人公、Bは別の登場人物) Bさんは布を包もうとして、Aをちらっと見ました。 「これはわたしの自慢のべールなのよ。あなた、ちょっと見たくない?」 「ええ、とても」 Aはこたえました。 Bさんは「手があれてひっかかっちゃうから・・・」とつぶやきながら、手のひらを合わせて何回もこすると、...
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「ぬれているようにまっくらです」は一般的なたとえですか?

Japanese 日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今手がけている小説に、 二人は森の中にそろそろと入っていきました。空に残った明かりが少しは木の間からさしていると思ったのに、森の中に入ったとたんだれかが戸でも閉めてしまったように急に暗くなりました。冷たい空気が流れてきて、まわりはぬれているようにまっくらです。 という一節があります。 最後の「ぬれているようにまっくらです」...
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Is tachi disrespectful?

If there are only two people concerned but you say for example " John tachi ga" does it imply the other person is less important? Shouldn't it be used for a larger group of people?
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Best word for "owner" of a business/restaurant: 経営者, 事業者, オーナー?

Just as it sounds in the question. A friend wants to own a restaurant as a goal, and I'm not sure what the best words are for translating that into Japanese. "Owner": I've seen entries in ...
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Meaning of 知りたい in the following TV program

Here is the URL to the webpage of a TV program. https://news.ntv.co.jp/feature/知りたいッ! If I understand it correctly, 「知りたいッ」is the name of the program. There is a brief explanation of the program on ...
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Meaning of 貸し and 借り in「この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない」

From chapter one of 転校先の清楚可憐な美少女が、昔男子と思って一緒に遊んだ幼馴染だった件 I have difficulty understanding the meaning of 貸し and 借り in this panel, especially in this line この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない Based on what I know. 貸し ...
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What does this phrase about a face/expression mean? 少し尖った凛とした表情

I came across this sentence but don't know what it means about a girl's face/expression 整【ととの】った顔【かお】立【だ】ちに、少【すこ】し尖【とが】った凛【りん】とした表情【ひょうじょう】。 My guess: "in her well-ordered face, is a dignified ...
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