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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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The meaning of 吸口 in this context

The situation (story from Edo period, but in contemporary Japanese, at most stylised on old language): three thieves A, B, and C working in a group. Pickpocket A is caught in a crowd, B disappears ...
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Is that drawing in japanese? if so, can you please tell me what it says? [on hold]

I saw this drawing at a friend's house and wondered what it means; unfortunately the friend has no idea. Another friend suggested it's hiragana script, hence the question here: can you please tell me ...
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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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Meaning of the name Moki

Can someone please tell me what the name Moki means in English? And is it a boy's or girl's name? Thank you
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SRS Is it better to translate from English to Japanese or Japanese to English [migrated]

Ok, so when making my anki decks I've been making them from English with Japanese on the other side with my thinking being that I have to recall the way of saying that thing in Japanese, but when I ...
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空く[あく] and 空く[すく] [duplicate]

Is there any difference between 空く[あく] and 空く[すく]
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Meaning of 盗み飲み

きっと、盗み飲みしたお父さんの大人のジュースのせいだ。 So, I can guess from the words 盗む "steal" and 飲む "drink" that she drank secretly without anyone knowing, however I can't find this word in a dictionnary. Why is that ?
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Meaning of: いらっしゃいます。

I know what はじめまして means. It means, pleased / nice to meet you. When reading Manga at school to learn these expressions, I see the phrase quite often. But there was one Manga where I saw the phrase, ...
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The meaning of the sentence

一月一日から一月七日、または一月十五日まで、新しい年のお祝いをします。 I would understand this sentence if the part in bold was omitted: New Year is celebrated from January 1 to January 15. What is "一月七日、または” for?
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Can 奪う be a synonym of 殺す?

In the following dialogue, and in general, is 奪う a synonym of 殺す? Maybe a more 'poetical' one? Character A: 誠士郎【せいしろう】を殺したのは鈴爾【れいじ】と雪也【ゆきなり】さんだ。 Character B: なに?誠士郎【せいしろう】を奪ったのが鈴爾【れいじ】と兄さん…!? ...
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What does ずっと前から mean?

I couldn't understand this structure, so I would like an explanation for this and a translation 日本語をずっと前から勉強してきて、結局はやめた。
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Different usage of 普通に?

So, I was watching this show called Terrace House, and the following exchange between two participants caught my attention. 翔平:「 テラスハウスに入って、一番の…ここに来ての…財産じゃないけど、聖南と出会えたことだな。」 聖南:「いや、何か…...
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Help understanding the usage of 「で」 in this clause

I get the gist of this answer, but I fear I might be misunderstanding the very last part of the second sentence: 「今週末」と同じ意味なのは「今度の週末」じゃなくて「今週の週末」かな。 今度の週末は次の週末と同じ意味で、日曜日では「今度の週末」は「来週末」のことで「今週末」...
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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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What does this mean to you if you were to see an application named “Japanese 語”?

My friend is creating a word card application to help people memorize Japanese words / Kanji. The subject of what to call the application came up and he asked me for some suggestions. One of the ...
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Interpreting the meaning/nuance of a conversation

The following is less a question of grammar or language but more of understanding and context, because I feel like I'm maybe missing something. I have the following conversation/sequence of events. ...
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Difficulties with an ambiguous sentence

新しく首相に就任した安倍晋三氏は、その著書『美しい国へ』(文春新書)において次のようなことを書いている。人は、自分が育った郷土に対して素朴な愛着をもつが、それはどこからくるのだろうか。それは、その国の歴史や伝統、文化などに接しているうちにはぐくまれてきたものである。だから「自らが帰属する国がつむいできた歴史や伝統、また文化に誇りをもちたいと思うのは、だれがなんといおうと、本来、...
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Usage of 引っかかる and double meaning

In *A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese: 彼はよく詐欺に引っかかる。 is translated as: He is often caught committing fraud. When reading that sentence I understood it as: He often falls for frauds (i.e: ...
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What is the usage of these 12 kanjis (彁, 墸,壥,挧,暃,椦,槞,蟐,袮,閠,駲,妛)+18 more in modern Japanese? How to read it?

I read from this interesting article that it's included in 幽霊文字 (yuurei moji/ghost kanji (character). I tried to look up each of those kanjis: I use these sites to look up those kanjis: a.jisho.org ...
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Trouble with the ambiguous verb 控える

I don't know how to differentiate between these 2 meanings of 控える: 〔止める,見合わせる〕 勝手な発言は控えてください Please refrain from speaking without permission. 〔少なめにする〕塩分を控えなさい Cut down on your intake of ...
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What does the Verb きれる mean here?

I’m reading a manga and I’m a little confused to the meaning of きれる in this context. “甘さを自覚した三浦くんは 私に受け止めきれるかな” When I asked one of my friends she told me it’s along the lines “I’ve realized ...
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Understanding the use of “を貫き通せる”

I have a very brief question, how is を貫き通せる meant to be interpreted in the following line? […]我が道を貫き通せるほど拳が硬いわけでもない。 Dictionary definitions of "貫き通す" includes the following: to go through; ...
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Meaning/use of ように in this sentence

鳥の絵が得意になり、クリスマスにハトの絵を贈ってくれるようにもなった。 I cannot understand the meaning of ようにもなった in this sentence. I know that 鳥の絵が得意になり、 means "I became good/strong at drawing birds and..." ...
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What does 夢がない said by this speaker mean?

A and B waiting for C to bring more leaked photos of XXX. A「C、早く来ないでござるかなぁ……XXXの写真、早く見たいでござるよ」 B「どんどん過激になってきてますからね~。今度はパンモロとかかもしれませんよ!?」 A「それは夢がないでござるよ! パンツはチラリと見えるくらいが至高でござる!」 ...
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The meaning of 一本 in these lyrics

I am trying to translate a song and it's pretty difficult one and I'm unsure just what kind of meaning these lyrics have: この手を伝う 一本の孤独は 人の色が 褪せたままで My problem is with 一本 because I have always ...
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What's the difference between 母方 and 母系? The same question goes to 父方 and 父系

I saw these words a while ago but just now I decided to ask it here because I didn't find the answer anywhere. As the title says, I don't really know if there is a difference between 母方【ははかた】 X 母系【...
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Meaning of 瞳だけはぶっ飛ばない

Context: in a gym, a boxer attacks another boxer saying that he was provoking him with his eyes. After punching him, he thinks: 瞳だけはぶっ飛ばねーでやんの 甘ちゃんのクセに 人殴って拳が潤わなかったなんて ねーのに…… What is the ...
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What is the meaning of こう見えて in this sentence?

こう見えてなかなかの策士 I get the なかなかの策士 part, but what does the first part of the sentence mean?
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Possible translations for 殺気

I'm trying to translate the 殺気 in the second sentence below to a English equivalent that denotes a emotionless attacker attacking from behind the narrator, but the only words that I am finding online ...
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Is there a subtle difference between 少なくても and 少なくとも?

My sense is that the meaning is identical but that 少なくとも is somewhat more formal than 少なくても. Is that observation valid?
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What is the difference between んだけど、 ですけど 、 けれども

What is the meaning and Correct use of all three words. I often saw japanese People ending there sentences in these words ? Explain
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Meaning of 掃き溜める

Context: a boxer is telling another one that he is too weak to participate in a tournament. 潰し合いさせられるトーナメントに浮かれてんの出場者ん中でお前だけだぞ?掃き溜められたコトにムカつくけどよ… お前みてェな甘ちゃんと肩並ばされんのはもっとハラが立つ。 Looking in the ...
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What does this 数えてみたら mean?

The following sentence is from this article on NHK Web特集 数えてみたら、息子と一緒に過ごせる時間がとても限られていることに気がつきました。 My attempt at translation: When one tries to count it, they took care that the time shared with ...
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Meaning of タダで in タダでヤれる

speaker desperate for some action あんないい女とタダでヤれるせっかくのチャンス、放っておく手はねぇだろ to finally have a chance of being being able to do it with such a fine girl, I'm not the sort that ignores that How is タダで ...
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A better understanding of 分には

I came across this sentence : こうして見ている分には、本当の親子そのものにしか見えぬ。 I looked up on this very website the meaning of 見ている分には, but I'm still not sure as to what it really means. Is there a way to ...
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What does 中3の25% exactly mean?

I am not sure about the first part of 「中3の25%、短文も理解困難」  Do you read 中 as ちゅう here? 25% of 3 would be 0.75% if I am not mistaken. Therefore does it mean something like 「around 0.75% of the ...
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ていい after potential form

I was listening to the song 命に嫌われている and came across the following lyrics: 寂しいなんて言葉でこの傷が表せていいものか そんな意地ばかり抱え今日も一人ベッドに眠る I don’t understand what ていい is doing here. An attempt at a direct ...
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Meaning of 〜の前では in the following sentence

A boxer is watching the super featherweight champion fighting and praises his speed: あの速さにダメージを与えるため〝芯〟を射抜くのは[8]【フル】ラウンドでも難しい…!! ベルトをとった あの王者の… 武器【スピード】の前では。 Considering the context, I think that ...
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What does 皮膚の裏側 mean?

白羽さんは鼻で笑い、笑った拍子に鼻がプーという音を出し、鼻水が鼻の穴に膜を作っているのが見えた。  白羽さんの紙で作ったような乾燥しきった皮膚の裏側にも、膜をはるような水分があるのだなと、私がその膜が割れるのに気をとられていると、 「特にないですよ。僕は大体わかってるんで」  と白羽さんが小声の早口で言った。 'rear of the skin'?
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Usage of そこ with と勘違い

Context: A guy is trying to differentiate his group from an old group (nwo) because some people may think they are doing the exact same things nwo did in the past. 「よく『nWoジャパンと同じやないか』って、『...
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Is there a semantic difference between 恋しい and こいしい?

In the context of someone passing away, would あなたがこいしいです convey the same meaning as あなたが恋しいです Or does the use of Kanji over Hiragana imply something more?
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Differentiating between “search in” and “search for” in Japanese

"To search" is 検索する of course, but how do you differentiate between searching "in" or "through" something and searching "for" something? From what I have seen, it seems like there is no ...
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What does いちいちパスタ mean in this sentence?

日本のスパゲッティは、いちいちパスタと言っていて奇妙です。 I don't see what could mean "one by one pasta" in this context?
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Usage of になる and こう in this sentence, sentence structure

I came across the sentence 「新聞なんか見るわけないんじゃん」それが自慢になるかのように、こう言って智子は笑った。 I would translate the sentence as: >There is no way I would read a newspaper or something< said Tomoko as if it would be ...
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Are “する” and “やる” the same? [duplicate]

Both mean the same and I don't know if there are any differences :S
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What does 様子を見るだけだ mean here?

Can someone assist me with understanding the below? 「最後まで参加したい気持ちはわかるが、無理はしない方がいい」 「身体を動かすことになるんだから。そんな様子では……」 「心配のし過ぎだ」 「今は寝起きだから。情けないことに、昨日の疲れがまだ残っているのかもしれない」 「朝食を食べれば、すぐに元通りになるさ。さあ、早く寮に戻ろう」 「…...
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Does 舐めんじゃねぇぞ mean don’t fuck with me?

I know that なめんじゃねよ means don’t fuck with me but does 舐めんじゃねぇぞ have the same meaning or not ? if not what is the real meaning of the sentence 舐めんじゃねぇぞ?
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Various meanings of ダブる and its complexities in Japanese (多義詞 例子)

When I checked the JET vocabulary list JLPT lv2 last night, I found a word: ダブる, my mind would refer this word as 'double' as in English. However, the JET vocabulary list gives me a 'curious' ...
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なんだこの「ギャラリー」? What does he mean by gallery?

Panel this is taken from for context. This is commentary about a school go tournament that will start soon. あれ おまえも見にきたの? なんかギャラリー多いな 海王中囲碁部はトップレベルだもん 見なきゃソンだよ My translation ...
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The purpose of using 思う with たり

I am familiar with たり when used for multiple actions. In the following sentence 人は どんな環境にも慣れるんだ と…思ったりする (The man is thinking to himself and this is his conversation with himself) How the use ...