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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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Meaning of 意義があるかどうかは自分で判断しないかもしれません

I understand what 判断する means e.g. 彼は人を見た目で判断しない - He does not judge people by appearances.  However, I'm failing to understand what is being meant by 自分で判断しないかもしれません in the last part of this ...
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まぁ、そんなものですかな? perhaps this means perhaps, perhaps?

I have seen this construction used various times in Japanese text, but I cannot really put my finger on as to what it could mean definitively. 人類の進歩と調和に役立つもの・・・例えば ディフレクターに代わる 新しいエネルギーとか まぁ、...
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このれいさい this cottage industry [on hold]

Mega Man Legends 2 バンコスカス: オマエら、静かにしろ、仕事の邪魔だ Klaymoor: Shut your traps! I'm trying to listen to what he's saying! な、なんだと、このれいさい空賊がぁ! Teisel: What did you say, you big tin can!? What do you think ...
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What does 気楽 mean when attached to ビール or お酒?

I first found this here: https://www.ettoh.jp/ 楽酒=気楽なお酒 Does this mean the drink is easy to drink? Or that it's meant to be drunk in a carefree setting? One example I was taught for 気楽 is in ...
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When is a table not a table?

A desk is a desk, but is there any important difference between the two words for "table"? Here is what the wwwjdic says: 卓 【たく; しょく】table; desk; (たく only) counter for tables, desks 机 【つくえ】 desk ...
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What does it mean when みたいな is at the end of a sentence?

彼ももうちょっとがんばればよかったのに..、みたいな…。 or なんか、お腹減った、みたいな… Just for some examples. Is it some sort of filler? I understand normal uses of みたい but I don’t understand what it means at the end of a sentence.
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「呆れる」とはどういう意味ですか?

呆れるとはどういう意味か今一つわからないのです。goo辞書で調べると、「あまりに意外なことに驚く」というのが出てきますが、今まで見てきた例を考え合わせてみると、やはり納得がいかないところが残っています。特に、「呆れる」には必ず「驚き」の要素が入っていますか?「ショック」「衝撃」と同じくらい、爆発的な印象がありますか? そして、三つの例について聞かせてください。 ①「...
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figure out what this sign says [closed]

What does this sign say? It doesn't look like standard spelling in Romaji.
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What does もうここにいられる気がしない mean?

I know that "しない" means "not do", and "いられる" means can exist, but I can't put it all together. My best guess is that it means "The mind/spirit that could be here won't do it".
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Meaning of 人同士 in these sentences

I often hear "ひとどうし" in casual conversation, and I am never sure of its exact meaning. I am not talking about 恋人同士, 大人同士, 日本人同士, 他人同士, etc. Surprisingly, 人同士 is not in my dictionary nor ALC, almost ...
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What is the meaning of 「ご安心いただければと存じます。」?

Is the google translation "We hope you feel relieved." accurate? While I was searching the net for this. I found in this link , based from my understanding of the first and second sentence the polite ...
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Can you answer the question 何を飲みますか? with 水です。?

It doesn’t seem that natural, as 水です seems to mean “It is water”, rather than a shorter form of 水を飲みます.
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Is どんな in this context a question?

I was reading some web novels online but I'm kind of stumped by this particular dialogue. 佐倉ちゃんがどんな子供とぶらぶらしてても... 僕で遊んでくれて... こうして虐めさせてもらえて... To put some context into this, a little kid ...
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Is the sentence 「もう少し誠実に対応頂けませんか。」rude and unprofessional? What does it literally mean in English?

If you think a person has been irresponsible with his work (changing responses to inquiries without reason and not really researching for the answer) and you sent a message with the ending sentence 「...
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Meaning of けらている

From a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5T-L0b43no Bolded parts are what I'm struggling with with. あたしは目を瞑って静かに座っているのに なぜかのけらているようなそんな浮遊感だ It looks like 浮遊感 means "floating/drifting ...
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Help understanding this line - usage of くれる

I'm a bit confused when trying to understand the second line in the below. To add a bit of context to help, the main character has traveled back in time, so that he can stop something bad from ...
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What does 人の手により in this sentence mean?

I have problems understanding following sentence, especially the meaning of 人の手により 新しいデザインを作るまで、多くの人の手により出尽くした感もあるけど、諦めません。 Does he speak here about other designers? Something like Until a new ...
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What does これでチャラにしとくよ means?

I'am currently reading a manga, there is this sentence "これでチャラにしとくよ". I don't really get it. Please translate, thank you
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What does adjective + め means [duplicate]

On this informational sign in ramen shop they use -i adjectives ending with め. I can understand plain かたい, 多い and such, but what purpose does ending an adjective in め serves?
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What does “回る” mean in this sentence?

公明党が容認に回ることで、両議会での議決が可能となることから、4年前に続いて、2度目の住民投票が行われる見通しとなりました。 Quoted from an NHK news article, which might not be accessible weeks after being published. Or to put my question in another way, how ...
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What does 松の木に吊るされた mean in this sentence?

I've been reading 『ひこばえ』, a novel that's being serialized on the Asahi Shinbun website, and yesterday I came across a bit of dialogue that I'm finding somewhat puzzling. The speaker is the priest of a ...
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What is the meaning of いいから in this sentence?

I struggle a lot to understand this sentence : 願い叶うのならひと目でいいから I can't find any coherence with the first part of the sentence.
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How does これ以上する work in this particular context?

I've already learned how to use これ以上 when it means "beyond this" or further than this". But I'm confused as what it means in this particular context I came across. I've been reading a sports manga. ...
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Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

Do the following two sentences mean the same thing? 部下は課長に残業を頼まれました。 課長は部下に残業を頼ませました。
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Meaning of 文字起こし? [closed]

話し合って、らいあんさんにはエンディング、オープニング、エフェクトなどの編集をお願いします!もう1人お願いする方がいて、その人に文字起こしなどお願いすることになりました! I am working as a video editor for my client and I understand the first sentence, but I am having difficulty ...
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What is meant by 実感が欠けていく here?

To add some additional context, the character appears to have family problems (particularly father problems). Her birthday is on Christmas, however her father never celebrates it with her. I don't ...
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Meaning of「悪いとは思うけれど」in this context

This is an excerpt from パン屋再襲撃 by 村上春樹. The main character and his wife are robbing a McDonald's. A girl who works there asks them a question. 「どうしてこんなことをしなくちゃいけないんですか?」と女の子が僕に向かって言った。「お金を持って逃げて、...
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What does ぐいつ mean? [closed]

Can somebody help me, please?.
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What is the meaning of 「隣のおじいさんは言いました」

I am reading 「花咲かじいさん」and there is a phrase used a lot like... 隣のおじいさんは言いました。 I have not seen this before and it doesn’t make sense to me from my understanding of 隣 meaning “next to”. What does ...
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What does it mean these symbols? [closed]

Levi is trying to clean the room with the vacuum cleaner
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What does のそ mean in this picture?

What does のそ mean in this picture? A friend of mine said that it was "a moment later...", but I'm not really sure if that's the real meaning. What does this annotation mean?
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What does nushi means in japanese?

Nushi can be written using katakana or kanji in Japanese. I wanted to understand the exact meaning of this. And can it be used as someone's name? I named my daughter nushi (It means sweet in Hindi) ...
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What does this に力を入れていますmean? In what context do you use this?

My Japanese friend online said it means important and in some translating sites, I found it means focusing or put emphasis in. They're all similar but what does に力を入 actually stand for, specifically? ...
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What does にとり mean?

Could somebody please help me to understand what にとり means in the following sentence (taken from a letter explaining the change to Reiwa era) : 「私達日本人{わたしたちにほんじん}にとり身近{みぢか}で重大{じゅうだい}な最新{さいしん}の話題{...
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Meaning of 感じの in this sentence

「なんか男らしくない感じの人。」 if らしく already gives the meaning of “seeming, characteristic of, ish,” etc then what is the purpose of adding 感じの?
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Difference between「のびる/のばす」and「のべる」

With the use of a dictionary, along with reading some web pages, I understood the meaning as well as the proper usage of 「延びる/延ばす」and 「伸びる/伸ばす」. But I noticed an overlapping in meaning regarding「延べる」...
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Can わけがわからない be used as adjective?

Excuse my seemingly dumb question. I was reading a fan comment: (please feel free to read just the first paragraph, i just put the rest for some context but it may not be necessary) 第40話では、「わけがわからない『...
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Bさんといるところを評価されれば meaning

Confused of the meaning of Bさんといるところを評価されれば as it just doesn't seem to make sense translating it. For context the whole sentence is: 君と話しているときには、コミュニケーション能力が高いように見えても、Bさんといるところを評価されれば、...
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How does work それが and ため in the context of ・・・それが熊のために騙されて・・・?

How does それが熊のために騙されて、work here? Especially, それが and ため? I feel like それが is introducing the reason of why the tail of the monkey was supposedly very long; however, I cannot really explain ため and I ...
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Meaning of 挙げてきた in this sentence [closed]

実際問題として、近年多くの企業が新卒求職者に求める能力として挙げてきたのが、まさにコミュニケーション能力、「コミュ力」なのであった。 The 挙げてきた part is confusing me, I can't seem to find a definition of this word. In general struggling to translate this sentence and ...
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Is the following Japanese sentence negative or positive in English?

Context: Character A has just told the character who is the narrator that he has the talent to be an assassin. Being a normal person, and thus taken off guard, the narrator responds with the following:...
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Is my translation of “こちらから訊くより先に、低く呟くような声が返ってきた” correct?

While working on a translation for the following Japanese sentence, my brain inexplicably spits out a translation without giving me a reason for each translated segment. こちらから訊くより先に、低く呟くような声が返ってきた。...
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What implication does 臨まれた mean in this context?

同日午後に「退位礼正殿の儀」の実施を告げる「退位礼当日賢所大前の儀」に臨まれた。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/life/news/190430/lif1904300016-n1.html I understand this as, on the same day, there's going to be an announcement of ...
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What is being referred to by やり過ぎてる (also why てる instead of た)

I am a bit confused as to what is being referred to by やり過ぎてる, is the speaker referring to his actions as being やり過ぎ or to her actions? I am also a bit confused why the てる form is used instead of た. ...
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Difficulty understanding the sentence: 私たちは生命の危険を失うおそれがあった。

私たちは生命を失う危険があった。 私たちは生命の危険を失うおそれがあった。 These two sentences are translated the same way over various databases. I can properly understand the first sentence as: "We were in danger of losing our ...
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What does 「再々起」mean?

6月には日本でのデビュー30周年を記念したコンサートを開き「再々起」を目指す Source: https://www.sankei.com/premium/news/190429/prm1904290009-n1.html (last line of first paragraph) I think it means most frequently sung songs but I am ...
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Asahi Dry Black beer can

What does ビアホール仕立ての黒 on Asahi Dry Black means? Specifically 仕立て(sewing?) and ビアホール(via hole?). I tried searching it on japanese web, but it's kinda assumed as common knowledge and never mentioned ...
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What does “gentle interrogative” mean?

While browsing Jishio.org, I come across this definition of こと. I tried googling "gentle interrogative Japanese", and found not much that explains what differentiates a "gentle interrogative" from ...
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What does ゆーか mean?

In sentence: 見ず知らず子供を助けるほど、お節介とゆーか、親切ってほどでもない。 I searched jsho, weblio and googled it and nothing. What does it mean? Is this some kind of abbreviation, or onomatopoeia?
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もんだと after する verb meaning

I found a sentence: キップを連想するもんだと思うが What does mean? I found it could mean 揉う but I am not sure if it is correct.