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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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How to interpret 「ニッポン死ね」 in the following context

In the manga Dead Tube, the presenter of a gossip video is talking about the adultery committed by a female politician called 山岡. He says that the woman was also the winner of the buzzwords contest (...
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The meaning of そんな気持ちはなくて in this context

Context: Girl B was in trouble and was also causing trouble. Girl A comes in and over a period of time fights with girl B trying to save her from her torubles and get her to stop. In the end girl A (あ)...
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What does ○○に透けた mean in this sentence?

Listening to a song, I heard these lyrics: はにかんだ声に透けた空はもうここにないのさ This whole sentence is just a bit odd, but especially so because I'm not sure how to handle に + 透ける. Would something like "...
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Can I say 日本語程度 as an alternative for 日本語実力?

Or perhaps even 日本語実力程度? Although that seems overkill and double emphasising.
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Difference between 出産 and お産

Based on the dictionary definitions listed on WWWJDIC (which I cannot link due to the design of the website), the two terms have similar definitions. I am wondering if there is any difference between ...
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ともに after a unit of time?

I came across these lines in a song (0:59): 十日ともに 投げた賽は 赤く色づいた As far as I know, ともに means something like "together with," but "together with ten days" doesn't really make much sense. ...
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What is the meaning of 言葉にすれば消えちゃう関係なら [on hold]

I’m really bad at translating the sentences that have kanji so please can someone tell the meaning of 言葉にすれば消えちゃう関係なら because I didn’t understand it 😥
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How would one translate or understand the word 死鬼 in English?

I'm reading a fictional book which deals with Japanese mythical/fantasy themes. One chapter describes dead people being resurrected through a complex operation in which their bodies were reworked and ...
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Is 言い出さなければな a suggestion?

For example: あのバカがこんなこと言い出さなければな I understood this as "that idiot suggested that / started talking". Am I right? There are 3 different translations of this line so I can't be too sure.
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What's the response to あなたにもっと早くしてなんて言われる覚えはないですよ。?

I found this conversation from a JLPT listening section. Here goes the question. あなたにもっと早くしてなんて言われる覚えはないですよ。 There are 3 choices. Pick one that is the proper response. 1 すみません。失言でした。 2 ...
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What does “とは” mean in these sentences? [duplicate]

I can't understand why "とは" is being used in the following sentences: 1)...質問があります。その質問とは、「なぜ、皆マスクをしているの?」... 2) 花粉症とは、植物の花粉によって起こるアレルギーです。
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What is the difference between それでは and それなら

My grammar book says they both mean ‘if that’s the case...’ but it doesn’t clarify the differences. Thank you!
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「かえって疎まれる」の意味について

「疎まれる」の意味はわかりますが、「かえって疎まれる」と使われたら意味がわからなくなりました。 「かえって」とは何を表すのですか。
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会いたかった : What does it mean?

I've an instagram friend who is far older than me. One day, he figured out that I lived near his house, then he commented this in my instagram post: あなたに会いたかった。 What does that mean? Did he want me ...
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Does 同棲 always have a romantic connotation?

Take for instance the noun, 同棲組 which roughly means a group living together. Does 同棲 always have a romantic connotation, or is it possible to use it in a non-romantic sense. For example, to ...
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Meaning of どうすんだよ

example: "どうすんだよこの空気をよぉ!?" Is it "What are you doing with this mood?!"? I can't make sense of it. The line is from a manga.
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Fan translation or official translation help [closed]

I read a manga and in the official version of the translation it says " if that idiot didnt open his mouth and said..." in the fan translation it says " that idiot must be saying something like... " ...
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Is this phrase an insult or jealousy?

図体ばっかりでかくなりやがって The person who says it is short but he's also very rude. The people he's talking to just worked out, so I don't know if he meant only their bodies grew but their brain didn't, or if ...
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番組のタイトルに「踊る」、どういう意味を表していますか?

踊る大捜査線 踊る!さんま御殿 この2つのテレビ番組だけかもしれませんが、タイトルの最初の言葉として、また、意味的に一見つながっていないようにも思ってしまうこの「踊る」は何を表していますか?そのまま踊ることではないことは間違いなさそうです。 私の推測としては、さんまの番組の場合、賑やかさを意味していると思います。しかし、踊る大捜査線の場合は違う気がします。...
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The meaning of 石松 in 待ってください用心棒なら この石松が

I am looking for the meaning of 石松 in this context (待ってください用心棒なら この石松が) but I cannot find it anywhere. Also, this sentence is one that was interrupted, hence the abrupt "が".
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て form at end of phrase but not being used for requests

Sometimes I come upon phrases like this: 俺旅芸人の一座にいたんだけどそれがあの盗賊どもに襲われちゃってさー Where the て form is used at the end but not for a request. It doesn't seem to be one of those cases where the order of ...
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Meaning of 小動物系

Context: a man reads some online posts after accusing another man of being a pedofile. What is the meaning of 小動物系? Considering the context and the fact that images of young girls came out when I ...
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How should I understand 「会社員はこの計画を部署の知識として理解する。」?

会社員はこの計画を部署の知識として理解する。 This sentence was in a document describing a company's quality management. I have seen this kind of sentence many times and the 知識として理解する part always throws me off. "...
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Meaning of the phrase 表す通り

The context for this phrase is in a list of kanji spellings (kanji with hiragana), thus the definitions are not provided. Breaking the phrase into its components: 表す - to reveal, show, display 通り - ...
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What does “だめど” mean? [closed]

I've come across an unfamiliar speech pattern in a story which is causing me some confusion. Edit: I see! It turns out to be a typo.
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二十歳を[頭]{かしら}に translation

This kanji 頭 what does it mean in this sentence? うちには二十歳を頭に、3人の男の子がいる。 I looked up the meaning of かしら and still don't understand the meaning of the whole sentence. Please help translate. Thanks
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Can anyone help identify this character 僮?

I found this character on a website and the only associated meaning was "child, servant." Can anyone elaborate on when it may be used and why?
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What is the speaker afraid of in this sentence?

えっと。。美琴ひどい人だなって思われるかもしれないけど、下手にかかわらない方がいいんじゃないかと、思ったり。。。 The context is that 美琴 is advising the listener not to approach another person (望) who is an acquintance with a bit of a bad attitude. 望 had ...
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指導に当たる meaning? To teach someone or to be taught by someone

I was reading a passage about the life of Hideyo Noguchi and found this phrase. The biography said 39ー51歳 黄熱病の研究のため、中・南米に渡り、アフリカにも行く。 現地の医師の指導に当たる。 My question is, does that mean that ...
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What is the meaning of “私はと比較して何もしないよ彼”?

Does "私はと比較して何もしないよ彼" mean "I am nothing compared to him"? I've downloaded this manga wallpaper with the sentence "私はと比較して何もしないよ彼" written on it and "I am nothing compared to her (I changed it to ...
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Trying to figure out this sentence

こいつが小さい頃、遊園地で激し目なのばっか乗せて回ったからだ。 This part gives me trouble. What does 激し目 mean? What about なのばっか and 乗せて回る? Context: he's explaining why his son doesn't like planes.
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Why is a baby called 赤ちゃん?

Why is a baby called 赤ちゃん? The term means red. Is the term "red" specific? Can the term refer to baby animals as well?
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Nuance of Aに甘えてしまう, to spoil A or to depend on A

I have the following passage: S の…息子の時はあの子の自身の意志の固さもありましたが... 私もまだまだ未熟で…… 正直、あの子に甘えてしまって今に至ります その息子からも二人のことはよく考えて欲しいと その機会を与えるようにお願いすると 強く…言われまして Curetnly my translation ...
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Usage of 目黒 outside of 目黒区

I am wondering if 目黒 can be used as a noun outside of its usage as a district name. Examining each character, 目 eye, vision, sight, etc. 黒 black, guilt, etc. provides a couple of interesting ...
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Is かっこいい used to describe men and women?

Can かっこいい be used to describe men and women? I have usually seen the term used to reference men.
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What is difference between “終わったり” and “終わり”? I can't find “終わったり” in English Japanese dictionary [duplicate]

What is difference between "終わったり" and "終わり"? I can't find "終わったり" in English Japanese dictionary Whole context link:https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=69898837
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Difference between 満足 and 円満

I am confused about the usage of two words 満足 and 円満. According to dictionary 満足 is satisfaction and 円満 is perfection, peace, harmony and satisfaction. So I used it in a sentence : 今の収入で円満じゃありません。 ...
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「希望」の使い方・意味、類似表現

can anyone explain how do i use kibou in a sentence. I wrote this sentence in my assignment. 私は卒業したあと、やりたいと思う仕事を見つける事を希望しています。 My teacher corrected this sentence as 私は卒業したあと、やりたいと思う仕事を見つけたい。 I ...
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Meaning of ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした 。 [duplicate]

So I saw this one in one my books and was wondering how it gets translated into John slept five hours yesterday. ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした. Any kind of explanation is appreciated, my book maybe covers ...
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Meaning of お世話になる vis a vis place of work or place where someone is being trained

I am aware of the usual meanings of the お世話 in reference to someone helping, taking care of someone. But recently I ran into sentences where it was used to describe a place where someone is being ...
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Would a japanese person recognize this icon (fa-language) to represent translation or language change? [closed]

https://fontawesome.com/v4.7.0/icon/language https://fontawesome.com/icons/language?style=solid (Somewhat unrelated but what are those kanjis? I guess the lower one is 文? Is the upper one just a ...
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In terms of Japanese crime syndicates, what is the difference between 組 and 会?

As you can see in this one Wikipedia article, there is a long list of these syndicates. Not only that, but most of them have 組 or 会 as a suffix. According to Weblio, 組 has the meanings of “A company,...
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What is the meaning of “人の身である” and “人あらざる”?

私たちの悲願、奇跡に至ろうとする切望はどこからきたものなのか。私たちは何の為に、人の身であるままに、人あらざる地点に到達しようとしていたのか。 I'm having some problems with understanding not just the meaning of "人の身である" but the meaning of "人あらざる" too in the context ...
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What does 未鑑定の為、模写として出品致します mean?

The description says 未鑑定の為、模写として出品致します。 Does it mean the artwork being auctioned is not authentic and only a copy or does it mean because it is not identified the owner can not guarantee the ...
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What meaning does としよう have in this sentence? [duplicate]

邪魔な住民どもを排除するとしよう This is a sentence from episode 1 of "働く細胞", that's airing this season. What's the difference from just saying 排除しよう?
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Meaning of 人減 when used as a noun

In my studies, I've come across the noun 人減 used in the context of population. An example would be, 十一万人減. 減る means to diminish / decrease. Thus, I hypothesize the meaning of this noun is to ...
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What is the difference between 悩み and 疑問?

On the Q&A site OKWAVE, it says that its purpose to help people resolve their questions and/or problems, and it uses 悩み and 疑問. According to Weblio, 悩み has the meanings of “trouble(s), worry, ...
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What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean?

What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean? 日本で台風と言うと 9月とか10月なんですよ 7月に上陸とか聞いたことありません We were chatting about typhoons. Does it mean "What? We still have September and October, you know"? In particular, I ...
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What does a Japanese person mean when they say 「熱い、熱い!」 in the following situation?

I was looking through an article of The Japan Times and the comments on it. There was this one comment that caught my attention. The commentator was talking about a popular sports club and gym in ...
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「が」 meaning “or”

I found this sentence in a game manual: 16回に1度、グリーンがブルーのかわりに出現。 Unfortunately I don’t understand why there is 「が」 used between the two color names. The sentence clearly means that this red candy ...