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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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ごほーし meaning? 18+?

ごほーし meaning? 18+? I know that's lewd vocabulary but I dont what does it mean?
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What does the title「 僕だけの向こう側」mean? [closed]

Can someone help me with possible translations for this title? [僕]{ぼく}だけの[向]{む}こう[側]{がわ}: Boku dake no mukougawa Also, can you explain why that would be the translation?
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What is written on my mug? [closed]

I was able to identify 弐 (alternative form of 二 used on legal documents, according to Jisho.org), but I still can't identify the others, in order to know what is written there Full-size
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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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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 ...
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May I use 洗濯日 to indicate a day for washing clothes?

I want to say a clothes washing day. Am I correctly using 洗濯日 to indicate a day for washing clothes? I seem to also remember a term sentakubiyori/youri?
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What is the role of そうよ in そうよ存外怖くはないわ?

I heard そうよ存外怖くはないわ in a song, but I don't get the meaning of そうよ.
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Question regarding structure of a sentence : use of と here?

There is a sentence which is highly confusing me. A character says this : 『どうして王様は裸なの?』と無邪気な子供に指摘されるまで、恥を晒しておめおめと舞台に立っているのは、あまりにも情けない What does the と after the phrase in quotation mean? From what ...
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What does 日 mean when used with days of month?

As にち, 日 doesn't seem to be a counter (which is always preceded with dash in dictionaries). Does this mean that 日 means Sunday when used with days of the month? If so, how does it make sense? EDIT: ...
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Strange use of はてる

I was translating this song (lyrics here: http://vocadb.net/S/87131) and I came across these lines. I'm mostly having trouble with the last one. 嘆きの堕天使 我が邪気眼(め)に 預言書(アーモス) 孵(かえ)し 羽輝(はてる)聖霊 喘ぐ音 ...
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Potential verb + でも: meaning?

The sentence is: あの 狐ねばばあに 餌付けでも  されたか? 餌付け - is a potential form of the verb. What role is でも playing here?
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What is オー・マイ・ガブリーヌ?

It's from a video game called Xenogears. You can play rock-paper-scissors with a man and when he loses he says this: 負けたのか、この俺が!? そんなバカな……!? オー・マイ・ガブリーヌ! Is it something like "Oh my God!"?
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What does 降土 mean?

It's a conversation from video game, people live in a flying saucer-like city (Shevat). Context - これは、プラントシェルだよ。このなかでシェバトで必要な 野菜やら果物やらを育ててるのさ。今は大切な降土期だから、 関係者いがい立ち入り禁止さ。人間は、バイ菌のかたまりだからね。 土 is soil, ...
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Difference betweenすればいい and すれば

私は何をすれば? I thought that すれば only stood for the conditional form, how come does it bear the same meaning as すればいい ?
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What does とろミノ mean / what is it?

I was watching Samurai Gourmet on netflix today, and in the following scene i tried to read the menu on the left side of the screen: I marked the item that is interesting me with a red box. If it am ...
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What does this person do on the show?

I was watching an anime ("The Royal Tutor"), and I noticed someone with an interesting name (presumably a pen-name) - 子子子子 子子子, which as far as I can tell is a reference to "Neko no ko koneko, shishi ...
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Combining words [closed]

Well i wanted to know if combining finnish word "Erakko" and japanese word "Hikikomori" into "Erakomori" would mean something stupid or could actually be used...? I mean, hikikomori is kind of its ...
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Who is the subject in 思うがままの人生を送れたら、どんなに幸せだろう?

思うがままの人生を送れたら、どんなに幸せだろう。 If X can send man as what Y imagine, how happy it will be. Do you know the subject X and Y in the sentence above?
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Use of 都合の良い (tsugounoii) in text of Akutagawa Ryuunosuke “藪の中” [duplicate]

I am a little bit nonplussed about the meaning of a certain sentence in Akutagawa Ryuunosuke's "藪の中" where the robber is telling his version of the events. The sentence is: わたしの仕事をしとげるのには、...
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ある vs. いる in regards to 親 and 責任

In regards to this sentence why is it ある and not いる for 親 and 責任? 親である限りは、子供に対する責任があると思う。
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How is し used as a verb in this sentence?

I found these two sentences in "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" under に(purpose): 学生が質問をしに来た。 A student came to ask questions. そこへ何をしに行くんですか。For what are you going there? When I look ...
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help me understand a few elements in this sentence

I have a few questions on this sentence: 彼{かれ}は彼女{かのじょ}の手を捕{つか}まえた What's the difference between 捕まえる and 捕える? both of them mean to catch right? about 彼 and 彼女. From what I understand 彼 is he and ...
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What does また mean in 右、左、または、まっすぐ?

What does また mean here: 車は右、左、または、まっすぐに行ってもいいです。
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What is the meaning of あまり in this dialogue?

Is doesn't seem to be "not very much"... A: 運転ができますか B: あまり、うまくはないですけど I would be grateful if someone could help. :]
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Whats the meaning of しょせい

I have encountered this word a few times whether in games or just spoken in drama/anime. In the game, it just written as しょせい without any kanji while being placed at the beginning of the sentence. I ...
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Basic conversation question

Good morning. I was wondering if I can get some help with translating a sentence from Japanese to English, and also if I can receive some feedback about the way that I try to speak Japanese. Me: ...
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Difference in usage/nuance between 厚生, 福祉, 福利 and 生活保護

厚生[こうせい] 福祉[ふくし] 福利[ふくり] 生活保護[せいかつほご] Translating "welfare" into Japanese seems a bit complicated. Could someone maybe provide for context the most typical phrases/chunks that use these words? I'm ...
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What is the らせ form of a verb?

I'm trying to understand this: 賞品?おそらく!リナちゃん.....私の後ろの笑い声輝くん​がたくさんで黙らせ The last word, 黙らせ, is confusing. Is this a combination of different forms?
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「報告書」と「日報」の違いは何?

I have been working in Japanese office since 2 months. And my boss ask me for report(報告) of what I did that entire day in written format in Excel(日本だったらしょうがない). But he asked me to keep last day report ...
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さま after a verb

I found in different occasions さま after a verb, but I'm not sure about its meaning. For example, in 大辞林's definition for 半ば: ある状態に半分ほどなっているさま (「…てはじめて」の形で)さまざまな経過を経てようやくその状態になるさま I noticed ...
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What is the difference between さしあげる and あげる?

I realize that both words mean to give. What is the difference between さしあげる and あげる? The word was used in a chat with an elderly person.
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Understanding ~きて in おいてきて

A:「おいしかったね、あの店。また行こうね。」 B: 「あ!店にけいたい電話おいてきてしまったからとりにもどらないと。」 I don't really understand the function or meaning of ~きて here. Could someone help me parse this part grammatically? Why おいてきてしまった instead ...
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Asking if you are there いますか or いるの?

I want to ask if someone is there. Can both terms be used to ask if a person is there/are you there? いますか or いるの?
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日本人のかたですか vs 日本のかたですか

I originally received a post from an online chat which stated 「日本人のかたですか?」 I assumed this post was correct and questioned the meaning of the word かた in this instance. Would 「日本人のかたですか?」 be considered ...
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What meaning does やって add to the following main verbs?

What meaning does the prefix やって give to the main verbs? Is it a constant one can do with some other verbs as well? For example やって来る やって見る やって退ける やって行く
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What does this sentence containing 「犯人意識」 mean in Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」?

また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、... I understand this as, There's something called criminal consciousness. Even if I am suffering from this consciousness in this world of ...
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How do we describe 'food that has gone cold/food that has gone stale?'

As the title suggests, I am wondering how do we describe food which has gone stale or food that has gone cold after being left out there for too long? I checked jisho and 大辞林 but I did not manage to ...
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Meaning of ~なさいということらしい in this context

わたしは畳の上で正座したが、僧侶の指示で[結跏趺坐]{けっかふざ}に組み直した。[胡座]{あぐら}から両方の足の甲を腿の上に載せるポーズである。瞑想をして、心を落ち着けなさいということらしい。 What does the last part mean? Does it mean "Apparently (by telling me to sit in the lotus position) ...
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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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What does これでチャラにしとくよ means? [duplicate]

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 it mean these symbols? [closed]

Levi is trying to clean the room with the vacuum cleaner
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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 それはそれでまったく意味が分からん mean in this context?

The situation was describing how the older sister suddenly stopped in front of the gate, staring at the building ahead, with the other sister following suit. Context leading to the sentence in ...
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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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俺は考えてみた - Literally translates to I'll think and see?

It literally translates to that but does it actually mean I'll try to think? Or I'll give it a thought?
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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 てもいい mean? [duplicate]

I don't understand what もいい means in the following sentence: 鶏肉は炒めてもいいし、焼いたり、ローストしてもいい。 Any suggestions?
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手にする usage? Is it a version of 手にいれる?

How is 手にする used? Does it mean the same thing as 手に入{い}れる, or is there a difference between them? For example, in this line from a show: 心と体が今、一つに!地球を手にした究極の(fictional char name)。 Would it be ...
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とは言わない vs とは言えない?違いは? To wa Iwanai vs To wa Ienai differences?

In the sense of "I don't want to say ___" or "can't say". E.g. 悪い事いわない. Can you use 言えない instead? Any difference in subtlety? Or is this strictly only for really being unable to physically say ...
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Meaning of 桜のつばみ!

So I'm trying to figure out what つばみ means in this sentence? I know 桜 means cherry blossom, and google translate only gave me cherry blossom for the whole sentence. And leaving つば without the み means ...