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Questions tagged [meaning]

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 does the conditional(れば) + 一緒 structure work?

How does the conditional + 一緒 structure work? This person ate a raw prawn and was then berated by his friends in the following exchange. 「さ、さすがに生は……どうかと思うぞ」 「残酷な食べ方ね」 「残酷も何も……...
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How to split “をしていたとされ” to correct words? I try to split to words and query in dictionary but get nothing result

I tried to split and query をしていたとされ in https://tangorin.com/ but get nothing result. 日本軍占領下の江蘇省で日本の特務機関ジェスフィールド76号に協力をしていたとされ https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%B1%9F%E6%B2%A2%E6%B0%91
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Is '大勢の人' redundant?

According to jisho.org, [大]{おお}[勢]{ぜい} means 'crowd of people; great number of people​'. Yet I have seen '大勢の人' several times: is it redundant?
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How to read this sign and what it means?

A friend sent a picture he received from another friend of this framed parchment with some very flowery and old looking Japanese written on it asking me if I could read it and if I knew what it meant: ...
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Understanding 一面の緑 in this sentence

窓をがらりと開ければそこは一面の緑。 I'm not sure what the end of the sentence means. I can guess that when he opened the window, there was some vegetation but I don't understand how the last part (一面の緑) works. What ...
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Does this Kanji: 全効答 (Zen kō Kotae) mean “total efficiency” or at least convey it symbolically?

I've been playing around with using Kanji as a quick way to convey a company's goals and/or ideals. As I understand it, Zen 全 means "whole/complete", Kō 効 means "efficiency/result" and Kotae 答え means "...
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Desperation 死に物狂い

I came across a sentence that said: [死]{し}に[物狂]{ものぐる}いになれる[環境]{かんきょう}が[相応]{ふさわ}しい but I don't understand what he means by saying "死に物狂い", an environment where he can struggle to the death or to ...
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Meaning of 男性がときどき見せる[これって脈アリサイン] [closed]

In the below sentence I translated the first part as "Men sometimes display" but cannot figure out the meaning of [これって脈アリサイン]. 男性{だんせい}がときどき見{み}せる[これって脈{みゃく}アリサイン]
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Why does the waiter use past tense here

When I was trying to order a set meal in the restaurant, the waiter said Aランチのほうでよろしかったでしょうか I am not sure why the past tense よろしかった is used here, I personally would say Aランチのほうでよろしいでしょうか I ...
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Difference between 戦争 and 戦火 in this exchange

I need some help understanding the difference between 戦争 and 戦火 in this exchange to understand what is meant by 領地にも戦火が及びかねない危機に陥る. To provide some additional context, カノ controls her own territory ...
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The meaning of 振り in 無茶振り

We know the meaning of 振り in 手振り身振り is "imitation," combined with words 手 and 身 to form the meaning of "use of gestures and body languages to mimic." But in the word 無茶振り, 振り does not seem to mean "...
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Can I eat here?/ Is it ok to eat here? in Japanese

I went to Japan and want to ask the food vendors whether I can eat in front of his shop. Basically, I want to say "Can I eat here? or Is it ok to eat here?" I know that ここ = Here 食べる = Eat 大丈夫 =...
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What is the meaning of the slang ~じゃてえ?

I'd like to know what ~じゃてえ exactly means when located at the end of verbs and/or adjectives. Do young people use it rhetorically? The whole sentence is: なのにのう ズイブンじゃてえ
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What's the difference between どうして and どうやって?

I've read on Stack Exchange that どうやって can be used to mean "what did you do in order to x" どうやってお医者になったか? — What did you do in order to become a doctor? This definition makes a lot of sense to me,...
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Why does いい加減 have diametrically opposite meanings?

When scolding a misbehaving child, we tell them to be iikagen: いい加減にしなさい。 But we can also tell a misbehaving child to stop being iikagen, or describe something bad as iikagen: もういい加減でやめなさい。 ...
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Describing personalities, saying colourful

How would I describe characters as being colourful ? Would this be fine?: とうじょうじんびつはいろがおおいです。  Also when describing a characters growth, would this sentence be fine?: もじのせいかくはせいちょうするがいいです。 If ...
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What would be the correct way to say “Moose” in Japanese? Ty in advance [closed]

I go by “Moose” as my online alias or online name in video games and have friends that call me moose as a nickname. I recently decided that I want to get a tattoo of the word “Moose” on my wrist but ...
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what's the difference between 痛い and 辛い?

Online dictionaries give 痛い and 辛い the meaning "painful" and among others: 痛い (itai): sore 辛い (tsurai) bitter, heart-breaking In what contexts one of them can be used while the other can't? ...
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What does そういうこと mean in this exchange

I'm struggling to understand what Amane means when she says そういうこと in 「そういうことよ。まったく、メル友の十人や二十人くらい、いるでしょ?」. I'm assuming failing to understand this is what is also causing me confusion in understanding ...
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います and あります usage

I just learned about: います and あります. I know I should use います for people and moving things and あります for plants and inanimate things. I have two doubts: Which one should I use with "dead body". For ...
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What are these types of 当て字?

I was trying to find ways to translate people's names into 当て字, and came across this website that seems to list 4 types of 当て字: 暴走族風【ぼうそうぞくふう】, 宝塚風【たからづかふう】, お子様風【おこさまふう】, 難読文字【なんどくもじ】 The best ...
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Difference 記念日 vs 周年

What exactly is the difference betweekn 記念日 and 周年? I found both to mean "anniversary". Thank you in advance.
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Meaning of “お戯れを”?

Can someone tell me what "お戯れを" means? I came across this in a Japanese drama. I can't quite figure out if this is almost like a formal and polite request to make somebody stop 'kidding around' or if ...
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What does っちゅう mean in this sentence? [closed]

難しい言葉でなくても、道路の表札には、途中で切れずにとても長い道路の名前が書いてあることが諸っちゅうあります。 Obviously, I should describe the context behind this sentence, so here goes: On Tell Me!goo (教えて!goo), there is a question where the ...
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Meaning of 前を歩いてた人

Context: in the manga りくどう, a girl named Naeshiro is thinking over the friendship between her boyfriend Riku and a boy named Mihara. Both of them are boxers, but Mihara is older than Riku and is ...
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What does 水をこざく mean?

I was reading something and saw the following lines spoken by an old male artist: 船が、水の下の者どもに気を配っていて大海原を往けるだろうか? 芸術も、人生も、しょせん水もの… 水をこざいて浮き上がった者だけが勝つのだ! Someone else then responds: ...
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Meaning of ご休憩一時間コース

Can anyone help me understand what Hiragi means by "ご休憩一時間コース" in the below? Is this to be understood literally, or does it have some other type of meaning? 二人の顔がゆっくりと近づき、 その唇同士が触れ合おうとした瞬間、...
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What or where does 所 refer to in しかるべき所に相談をしておきたい

I guess my question here is clarifying what 所に相談をする means. Obviously something like 友人に相談する makes sense to me however, I'm not quite sure I understand what the example I have provided (how can one ...
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Meaning of 一軒 in context

This is from the manga 「腐女子交流記 ~アラサー×JK~ 」, a 4-koma about the life of female otaku. On this page two colleagues are discussing how it’s not easy to be an otaku when one is no longer young and friends ...
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What is the meaning of 七五三 in the sentence, 七五三のしゃしんです。

I was looking at the following sentence under a picture that I unfortunately cannot provide: 七五三のしゃしんです。 I believe the sentence reads "It's a picture of 753"... which doesn't make sense. I know ...
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Meaning of ガッといく

Stumbled upon this phrase. Dictionary as well as google does not yield any results. Example would be: 3年の威厳ってやつをガッといったってください。
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What does the ~たものか mean in どうやって彼らを誤魔化したものか?

I stumbled upon this sentence: どうやって彼らを誤魔化したものか──と思案するように、ヒューイは愛想笑いを浮かべた。 and I was told that I should understand it as どうやって彼らを誤魔化せばいいだろうか──と思案するように、ヒューイは愛想笑いを浮かべた。 However I can't find in ...
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Meaning of 彼女だけは普段と変わらなかった

I'm trying to understand the following passage and the meaning of 彼女だけは普段と変わらなかった in this context. I think it means the following: Even after シャロ had changed, she was still the "same" in front of ユラギ....
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Meaning of 生命線を守る in the following sentence

Context: a boxing champion is arm-wrestling against another boxer. The champion is on the verge of losing, but he still doesn't give up, so the other boxer thinks: このチャンピオン君 ちぎれそうでちぎれへん ...
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Confused about the meaning of these nicknames

I was reading manga the other day and came across these nicknames that I can't make sense of. The context is as follows: Some mischievous students in a certain high school are bragging about their ...
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whats does あなたわ友達ですか? means [closed]

So I have recently have gotten into japanese and my close friend who is from japan is teaching me japenese, one of the sentence she wrote is this あなたわ友達ですか? which I sort of understand and I know is ...
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What does 王室宮内庁を予算ごと回す mean?

For context in the story the king is saying how he would love to live "here" (referring to the kingdom that the character speaking is in control of) and she responds with: ...
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Order of a dialogue with と言えば and となって

I've been reading examples of how to use 肝に命じる, and in one of the examples there's this part: また、いつまでもくどくどと説教する上司に 「分かりました。課長のおっしゃることを肝に銘じておきます」 と言えば、 「分かってくれたか」 となって話がスムーズに終わりやすいです。 I'm ...
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Meaning of く も in this sentence

This sentence is from Doraemon: そんなのめずらしくもないよ. I think it means "It is not that rare/uncommon". But I don't understand the use of く も here. Should it be interpreted as めずらしく + も? 1. Why they use めずらしく ...
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Does しかたない imply disappointment?

From the context of the original Japanese text, is seems that しかたない does not imply a negative feeling such as disappointment or dissatisfaction. Instead, it seems to mean "That's just the way it is" ...
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Meaning of the construction ~て〇〇年/〇〇か月になります

I saw the construction ~て〇〇年/〇〇か月になります and it looks strange to me. Here is my question: does this construction mean that the action continues until now? For example: この 会社に 入って 10 年に なります。 My ...
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Meaning of 「神様、仏様、X様」

I was recently watching a few videos about 橋本環奈{はしもとかんな}, and I came across an introduction (if it can be called that?) that I've never heard before. Whenever she introduces herself, she finishes ...
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What difference is there between ディスカウント and バーゲン?

What difference is there between ディスカウント and バーゲン? In English, the verb "Discount" is commonly used when talking about a corporate store deciding without any negotiation with the buyer to reduce the ...
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Is 寝るの朝 a set phrase? [duplicate]

In a manga I am reading, I found this sentence: "私も最近は寝るの朝の9時くらい" I understand its meaning from context: I also sleep around 9 in the morning these days. But I don't get why there is の ...
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Translating あくまで一応ですけどね

Translators say: あくまで means: doggedly、insistently、persistently、stubbornly、to the bitter end、to the end、to the last、to the utmost 一応 means: tentatively、for the time being、in outline、just in case、once、...
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Subject and extra information

I'm learning Japanese on Duolingo. I was wondering: 学校は日本にあります means 'The school is in Japan' What is the difference between 学校は日本にあります and the Japanese translation of 'There is a school in Japan'? ...
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What is the difference between 「どんぶり」and「ちゃわん」

I understand both are some kind of bowl but I would appreciate if someone could explain about the uses for each one. Can a "ちゃわん" be used for cooked rice? Can a "どんぶり" be used for ramen?
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These characters were in series I watched and I'd like to know what they mean. Any clue? [closed]

Already tried with jisho.org but I'm having a hard time cause it's an image of drawn characters.
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Etymology of ~かもしれません

So, today one of the topics boarded in the lessons I'm taking was the form ~かもしりません Now, I'm thinking the しれません part comes from the potential form of 知る. That way, in the sentence, it would mean ...
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Meaning of オレンジ in オレンジは右側です [closed]

I couldn't find the answer to this. Sometimes when I'm on the subway in Japan when getting close to the next stop in some trains it can be heard オレンジは右側です, not sure if it's オレンジ though. Meaning the ...