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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 to know if this is a Hiragana character or not [closed]

What does this symbol mean? I thought it was a Hiragana character, but can't find confirmation. Is it some alternative way of writing a certain kana?
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The 「上がれる」 in this sentence

Taken from 「イエスタデイをうたって2」 Context: One guy wants to visit a female friend (who he barely knows) while she is sick. This is their conversation when he suddenly stops before entering her house: 「...
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Meaning of そういうことだ here

The character lied to someone and then narrated 優しい嘘もこの世にはある。そういうことだ。 I understand that there are a variety of meanings that this phrase can add but I am unsure what it is adding to the whole here. ...
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Abbreviation and meaning of 「よか」?

The sentence is taken from the manga 「イエスタデイとうたって」 The person who utters this sentence told her friend that he loves her a few days ago. His friend said that she rather wants to be/stay friends. On ...
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For a tattoo, would 金繕 without い make sense? [closed]

Based on a couple of different life experiences, I want to get a tattoo of 金繕い, but I think it would look better with just the Kanji. Would just 金繕 make sense? Or would it look stupid/ignorant ...
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What is the difference between '礼', '礼儀', '礼に', '敬礼', and 'お辞儀'?

What is the difference between '礼', '礼儀', '礼に', '敬礼', and 'お辞儀'? More generally, what does '礼' mean when used stand-alone as a noun? Can '礼' be used stand-alone or would that be considered unusual? ...
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「スカッと...」Why is the last kana here in hiragana? [duplicate]

I am attempting to read RAW manga for this first time, and I am encontering a varigated use of カタカナ and ひらがな in sentences that leaves me puzzled. The whole sentence is: 「勉強しなくていいさし、悪者退治なんてスカッとしそうだし」。 ...
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What's the meaning of “みたい” in the following context?

To give a bit of context, this is a text found on a DS game where some options are shown on the lower screen. The full text is the following: したがめんを タッチして みたい こうもくを えらんで ください I understand that the ...
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Can someone please help me figure out what this symbol means? [closed]

This is a tattoo a friend of mine got and he doesn't remember what it means. Please help and thanks in advance!!
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Question about Japanese text (image) [closed]

Hope you are fine. Maybe you can help me with my problem. Would you mind letting me know what the text on the shirt translates or what it means in english please? (see attachment) Thank you so much! ...
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What is the origin of pharmacists being called 'yakuzaishi' in japanese? Is there some relation to the yakuza?

I was doing a quick google translate search to look for the Japanese word for pharmacist. Turns out it is yakuzaishi. Ishi means doctor & Yakuza is obviously the well-known criminal syndicate. It ...
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meaning of “~たらことだ”

I found this sentence in Japanese literature: ぐすぐすしていて、災難にあったらことだ。 Does anyone know what is the meaning of "~たらことだ"?
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Help finding the meaning in this? [closed]

I'm not exactly sure about the meaning in this shirt, I'm just in the basic stages of learning. Could someone please help me translate this? Thank you so very very much
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Meaning of 好感度高い in this context

To provide some context, the character was trying to scare away some hoodlums who had come to a abandoned mansion, by pretending to make noises that would make them think there was some sort of evil ...
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Who is the narrator speaking about here?

The bold line in the below appears ambiguous to me. His friend asked if they can stop by the crepe cart on the way home and they both bought one. Based on what has been said here and a bit before we ...
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Meaning of 眠らせあげる [closed]

What does 眠らせあげる mean in the following sentence? 夜は優しくも高らかに眠らせあげるのである。 Is it the same meaning as 眠らせてあげる?
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Why would someone check if a person had a tail?

I was watching a Japanese movie and a traveler picks up a woman by the wayside who is suspicious in some regards and at one point he pats her butt and she calls him a pervert, and he responds by ...
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What is the meaning of 手応え in sports parlance?

I read a lot of news reports about Sumo, and from time to time I encounter the word 手応え and I don't really understand what it means. Here is an item from Sports Hochi about the wrestler Ōnoshō. It ...
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小さく住んでいる meaning

In my textbook I have a sentence 「私の町は小さく、住んでいる人は30万人以下です」 I have a couple of questions on this.. At first glance I thought this meant “living small” as in the opposite of “living large” but I can’t ...
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クビにします to mean “destroy”?

I'm translating a song and there's a certain part that's confusing me. もしあたしが日本の 一番偉い人になれたら 即座にヤツをクビにします (The singer is female, hence あたし) So far, I can gleam the meaning of the first two lines to ...
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about the underlying meaning of 実際してない in this context

woman 1 :就活している中で、私は将来、結婚したいなっていう気持ちもあるんですが。 そこのところはどうですか?出世で遠のいてしまうイメージがあるので。 woman 2 :一般的にどうかは置いといて、私の場合は遠のいているかもですね(笑) 実際してないですし。 これまでも打診を受けるたびに悩みました。初めてマネージャーになる時に、当時付き合っていた方がいて。...
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Dissecting the sentence 自分がそうなってみて、実感としてそう感じる。

This serves as a follow up question related to this, with a focus on the last paragraph. Again, here's the passage: 物体は激しく動けば、それだけ摩擦が大きくなる。人間だって、激しく動くと熱を持つのだ。端から見れば、輝いている人間のことが、きっと羨ましく見えるのだろう。 だけど、...
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a question about としては問われず

日本の国政は議院内閣制であり、内閣は衆議院に信任されていれば存立し、国民の支持・不支持は直接的な制度としては問われず、4年以内に行われる衆議院議員総選挙や衆議院議員補欠選挙を通じて間接的に反映されるだけである(地方政治ではリコール制度がある)。 the political body of japan is that of a parliamentary system of government ...
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Putting words like who and where together [duplicate]

In my text book I have a sentence I’m glad I came across. I’m not sure if Iv translated it correctly but if I have I’m happy I found this! 「いつ誰と来て何を食べたか覚えてない」 Does this mean “when and who I came with ...
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What is ろくなもんじゃない referring to?

In the below passage I am a bit unsure of what the character is saying when he says ろくなもんじゃない. Before this passage the character has woken up from a nightmare and reflected on the events that have ...
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How did this girl interpret this sentence?

Unsure of how Girl 2 (bold line) interpreted what was said by Girl 1. The reader learns shortly after that 鈴木 and 高橋 were both part of the same group, and in similar positions(いじられキャラ). Looking at the ...
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What is the meaning of ように in the following sentence?

I came across this sentence in a text regarding the Japanese and religion (please see the end of the post for the full paragraph if more context is needed): そして、神道が人々の生活の中で生き続けてきたように、仏教やキリスト教の行事なども、...
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What is 見ちゃおれん here?

In the follow manga panel: I'm not sure about 「見ちゃおれん」. Is this 見ては居れない = 見てちゃだめだ "(You) should watch"? My other guess is おれ=俺. Context: The man is scolding the girl (he hired to be the ...
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What's the difference between 倹約 and 節約?

I have been reviewing 倹約 when the word 節約 came to my mind. They share a common kanji, they both mean "to save, to economize" (of course, after putting する). How do these words differ? I ...
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What's the difference between ともかく and とにかく?

I have a feeling that they are etymologically related based on their kanjis 兎も角 and 兎に角 (although they're just 当て字 so there's not much to extract from those kanjis, I guess), but I can't fully ...
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「思い込み」can mean something like “misconception”?

"ちゃんと話した結果…お互いに、思い込みだとわかったっつうか…" The English translation was "We talked it over, and we realised we were both just confused." But I cannot understand "思い込み" here. The ...
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What does “ano tonari desu” mean?

I came across such an answer to a "Where is something?" question: Asoko ni takai biru ga arimasune. Ano tonari desu. What does "Ano tonari desu" mean here? Is this a shorthand ...
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「やっぱいや」とどういう意味はなんですか [closed]

Is the meaning of this word something like "Whatever..."? If so, can you please give me an example of how I would use it? :-) Cheers!
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How is “あるちゃあるけど” used?

As far as I understand "あるちゃあるけど" is close in meaning to "ないとは言い切れない" and "しいていえばある" but I could not find how it is used, nor understand the exact meaning.
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What does 燃費がいい mean here?

I was reading a manga where A, a shinobi, is in a barbecue but is not eating anything. B finds it strange and asks what's up. Then, the talk follows: A: さっき、兵糧丸食った B: ひょうろうがん・・・ A: 忍のは燃費がいい B: どれ I ...
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What does もらおうかな mean? [closed]

Can someone help me understand the meaning of どれどれ、見せてもらおうかな? Specifically with the word もらおうかな if it is a verb, a contraction and show me some examples. Thank you very much in advance.
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What is this ううん meaning

In general I understand that , in general, ううん has a negative connotation. e.g. used when denying / disagreeing with what someone has said. In general it would be very strong and unusual to solely use ...
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What's the difference between 気がする vs 思いをする?

During my flashcard reviews, I once again encountered 思いをする filed under N1 grammar. I find it difficult to believe that such a self-explanatory grammar point would be classified as N1 or maybe I was ...
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What's the difference between 近々 and 間もなく?

I checked the Weblio sentences for 近々 and I saw this: We are to start shortly. 近々に出発の予定です. This reminded me of 間もなくwhich I often hear in trains. What is the difference between the two? I checked ...
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What's the difference between 見本 and 標本?

They both mean "specimen", right? Am I right in assuming that 見本 is for goods, products on sale but 標本 is for zoological samples, etc.? I checked the sample sentences on Weblio just to check ...
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meaning of “おくる” in this sentence [duplicate]

I just listened to 高気圧ガール by Tatsuro Yamashita and I came across 連れておくれ for the first time. So I was just wondering what role the おくれ part plays here. First verse for context: なめらかな白い 砂は 溜息の 照り返し ...
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What's the difference between 発信 and 配信

When I encountered the sample sentence for 発信, I read this: インターネットを使えば、誰でも世界に情報を発信することができる。 This reminded me of 配信 which I usually see online (especially on YouTube). How are these two words ...
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Is 基督{キリスト} really an 当{あ}て字{じ}?

I am learning the word for Christ, キリスト. According to the dictionary I make use of, it can be written in kanji as 基督, but the entry indicates that it is an ateji 当て字 spelling. I did some extra ...
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How was こき使う formed?

I was reading a manga called Rengoku ni Warau and Kaishin said: ったく、人をこき使いやがって あのジジィほっつき歩いてやがる Jisho says that こき使い means pushing someone around or to work someone hard but it doesn't seem to fit ...
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Role of な in といってな

In a sentence from the 犬夜叉 comic book, an old lady from ancient times is speaking about her family. The context is that the speaker mentioned her sister 桔梗 in the previous panel, but the listener didn’...
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Meaning of はじめからわかってるだろ

Looking for some helping understanding the end of the below (more in context, rather than literally what is said). I can see how it was translated but I am unsure what is correct. To provide some ...
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What is オーション and why is it called that?

A recipe for home-made ramen calls for オーション. I am having a hard time figuring out what that is exactly, having checked dictionaries and Google Translate to no avail. I did find several online ...
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What is the semantic contribution of 献 to 文献?

Whenever I see 献, I am reminded of 貢献、献金、献立, which implies a meaning of "offering." I checked 文献 and it was defined as "literature, documents." It seems to me that among the 熟語 with 献, this is the odd ...
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What is the meaning of 出来が違い?

どうせ兄貴とは出来が違いまさぁ I tried to look it up but to no avail ! but i guess it means that the speaker think he is different than his brother ,right?
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What's the difference between 折衷 and 妥協?

They both refer to a concept of "compromise" According to this, it 妥協 has some negative meaning in the sense that one is left with no choice but to compromise, but 折衷 is more like taking the ...

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