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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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Which verb means “to pet <an animal>”?

I was trying to translate "May I pet the dog?", but I'm having trouble finding what word means "to pet". Looking it up on jisho.org I get 可愛がる, but translating it back using various services gives me ...
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Uncertainty on ただひとついでます

Sorry to bother you. I'm still learning Japanese and I'm having trouble understanding this sentence: 天界 地界 十字なる主なる種は ただひとついでますぞ いでますぞ 汝らがもと 日の本に From my understanding, 「十字なる」 and 「主なる」 are ...
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What does 調子乗 mean? [duplicate]

"....バイト先でお客さんから人気な自分アピールしてくる大学生の店員が聞いてもないのに 「オレのオススメはこれっすねー」とか言ってくるのなんか調子乗ってて....." I can't find any meanings so thank you if you will help me!
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Need help understanding what 全体 is referring to in this context (NSFW)

You'll have to pardon the example as it is NSFW(I didn't see anything explicitly disallowing these types of questions). The context of the text below is that the main character is having sex with his ...
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Meaning and parsing of 伸びるままにまかせている

Since yesterday I'm struggling with this sentence: 六義園と言えば、そばに住むようになって三年ほど経ったその頃には、なかに入ってはじめて見ることができる庭園の手入れの行き届いた芝生の明るさよりも、塀際の、伸びるままにまかせている雑木の暗い木立しか、思い浮かべられなくなっていた I kinda get the first part, at ...
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The use of や…など in news

18日から19日、関東地方や東北地方などで雨がとてもたくさん降りそうです This sentence is taken from a news article. I know that など means "and so on," "etc," and や means that there may be more things or people implied. But this kind ...
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都合の悪いところ + 見て判断したそう + punctuation of this sentence

I am having several problems understanding this sentence: 「都合の悪いところは破っておいた日記と一緒に持ち帰った、小型デストロイヤーの足を見て判断したそうだ。」 First of all と一緒に持ち帰った、, especially the "、" confuses in the sense of the scope of と一緒に. ...
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What form is 急がば in 急がば回れ? [duplicate]

What form is this. how do you use it and is it only used for proverbs? The closest I know for the verb Isogu is Isoganai or Isogeba, but not Isogaba.
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Is Xがないとだめ “must have X”? And sentence-ending かね

In an anime, two characters are talking about playing basketball and why should someone not versed in it be interested at all; one of them says: バスケやるのに理由がないとだめですかね which is translated as "To be ...
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む archaic volitional? Translated as Imperative [duplicate]

While watching Konosuba I came across following sentence: 「我が真紅の流出もて 白き世界を覆さん」 What troubles me is the 「覆さん」. The translation used an imperative here, what fits most of the other spells in the ...
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Meaning of 早口 - fast talker

WaniKani and Jisho.org give the definition of 早口{はやくち} as "fast talker". In English, this can have several shades of meaning. Which of the following (or others) apply in Japanese: someone who ...
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能力や装飾を施している meaning in this context,

The speaker was hired by the queen to manufacture enhanced armour, but not many of the 貴族騎士 has requested an order as of now. The speaker is trying to give his special armour as a gift to a poor ...
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Can a conbini be referred to as a benriya when translating the term literally?

Can both terms be used to indicate a convenience store? I was having a discussion about convenience stores, and a chat friend sent 便利屋. I answered as convenience store. My answer was correct. The ...
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相手には when speaking of “two third persons”

I want to clarify my understanding of 相手には in the following sentence... 「人見知りをしない相手には強気なところがあるよな」 It refers to a person that usually acts rather shy around others but scolded one of her ...
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Function of って in this sentence

俺のことは、みんなと同じように親父とでも呼んでくれや。親父のように強くたくましく頼りになるってな。 Is the speaker quoting what other people have said about him?
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Verb+Noun Combination // なる to “describe landscapes”

I stumbled upon following sentence: 至る所に水路が張り巡らされ青が際立つ街並みになっている。 I wanted to ask which grammatical construction lies behind 「張り巡らされ青」. The context it appears in is the description of a (fictional) ...
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Noun + に続いて + Verb phrase

I am struggling with the meaning of に続いて in the following sentence: 貞操に続いて今度は命を守り抜くために、この街を走り続ける羽目になった。 I know that the sentence carries a rather ironic meaning and that 貞操 is not used in a ...
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Meaning of ドリンクを持って行った。

I'm not understanding the meaning of ドリンクを持って行った correctly in the below excerpt. To provide context it is a Christmas Eve party at a fancy hotel and ヒルダ had just finished her performance on the stage ...
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use of word 「どころか」 [duplicate]

その衝撃によって、恐竜達どころか、地上の80%の生物は死んでしまったのです。 in this sentence, what is the meaning of どころか part?
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use of word 「かって」 [closed]

私たちが住んでいるこの地球には、 かって巨大な恐竜達が住んでいました。 I have seen more questions on this community asking about かって however, In this sentence it is at the starting of the second part of the sentence. For what ...
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だけ between two verbs / second verb performing an action on だけ construction

I am having trouble understanding following sentence: 不満を吐き出すだけ吐き出せば、スッキリするだろう。 It is taken from a novel and in this particular scene the characters are complaining about how horrible their trip ...
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Translating “さつ… 詐欺だーツ” [closed]

However I try to translate this, it doesn't make sense. The context is about a girl that gets annoyed at 2 younger boys and says this. Please, I would appreciate if someone could help me by ...
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Why does 「お帰りなさい」 mean “welcome home”?

As far as I know 「なさい」 is the imperative form of 「なさる」. So why does 「お帰りなさい」 mean "welcome home"? Wouldn't it mean something like "please return"? If it was just 「お帰り」, I could understand it as a mean ...
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What is the difference between the terms 課長 and 小頭?

I saw the term 小頭 and translated it from an online chat. Are the terms used differently? Both terms relate to a boss, an organizational leader of some sort. I am more familiar with the usage of 課長. ...
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Why is こんばんみ used as a response to こんばんは?

When I chat the term こんばんみ is occasionally used as a response to こんばんは. Is there any particular reason why this word is chosen?
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What terms are used for a non-native speaker of Japanese?

What terms are used for a non-native speaker of a language? I found ネイティブスピーカー and 母語話者 but I want to know the Japanese words for a non-native speaker. Thanks.
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How to say animal feed in Japanese? Is there a particular verb for eating when the subject is an animal?

Is the verb 食【た】べる used for animals that are eating? Is animal food called 食事【しょくじ】? I was having a conversation about a cat. I wanted to know what the cat was eating and the conversation came off ...
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DIfferences between 限定 and 制限

I was trying to understand the differences between 限定 and 制限, but I don't really get it: I found that the former is generally a business term seen as positive and special, yet as example sentences I ...
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Meaning of 初デートの記念というやつです

To provide context, the two people were out on a date, and one offered to buy the other a bracelet, and she responded with. 「ではありがたくいただきましょうか。初{はつ}デートの記念{きねん}というやつです」 I can sort of understand that ...
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Understanding this incomplete sentence

I'm not quite sure how to understand the second sentence below as it looks incomplete to me. If it was because the speaker interrupted what he was saying with the next line then I would have expected ...
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Specific use of してまで

Recently I've been reading Michael Emmerich's "New Penguin Parallel Text" for Japanese short stories. In Yoshimoto Banana's "A Little Darkness," there's a passage that describes how the narrator's ...
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Does the kanji term Mitsukoshi 三越 have a meaning when the 2 terms are combined?

三越 is the name of a department store. Three is the meaning of the first character and I get the meanings of surpass, cross over, move to, exceed, and Vietnam when I research the term. Is there a ...
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させましょう in a task [duplicate]

「その漢字を使って下の文を完成させましょう。」 This is part of a task. I’m confused by させましょう. Why is this form used here instead of, say, してください or しましょう?
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Can I use both 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature?

Can I use 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature? Both terms indicate temperature. Which one is more commonly used?
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Meaning of ここまでのことをやったんです

I am having some difficulties in trying to understand the below. Particularly the usage of し and the meaning of ここまでのことをやったんです as it is not clear from context who the agent is (i.e. is it the speaker ...
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What term would be used for words that are borrowed from Japanese and used in other languages?

Many Japanese words are used in other languages, sushi, anime, karaoke, tsunami.... Is there a term to identify these words? I am familiar with terms such as 外来語 to indicate loanwords borrowed from ...
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Adding -い at the end of questions [duplicate]

どうしたんだ vs どうしたんだい そうか vs そうかい This kind of thing. Is it a formality difference? Is it dialectical/Regional? Age related?
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What is the difference between 体面 and 面目?

体面{たいめん} = honor; dignity; prestige; reputation; appearances 面目{めんぼく} = face; countenance; honor; reputation; prestige; dignity As individual words they seem to be almost the same, is there any ...
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How to interpret this joke: 釣られたからって引きこもってやんのテラワロスwww

In episode 12 of Death Note Light is watching a video sized by the police of the second Kira and gets angry at how this Kira is tarnishing the real Kira's reputation, to which THIS blog author replies ...
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What does “Denzen/Zenzen haitenai dame” mean on a telephone message recording?

I hear this message after dialing a phone number. I know that I cannot enter for some reason, but I don't know what the reason is. Is the message box full? Is the number not being used or misdialed? ...
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Is 何それ a rude phrase?

I searched the term on the site, and I noticed that while it could mean "what's that", it also had some negative meanings. What would be a better way to ask "What's that?"
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Understanding and grammar meaning behind “やったことないしなー”

I'm reading a Japanese manga and I found this "maybe" slang sentence. A female character is asked to perform as actress in a school movie and her answer is: "えーー女優とか、やったことないしなー" My guess is "An ...
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Is there an etymological connection between 奇数 in Japanese and “odd number” in English?

I couldn't find any etymological information about 奇数{きすう} online. I found it interesting that it has the characters for "strange/odd" and "number", and wondered if it was influenced by English, or if ...
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Need help reading hand-written character from comic

Yeah, I know; everyone's favorite type of question. I just need help with making the character out. はははっ…[sweatdrop] [?]コミにはしったぞえ。 I can't read the character before コミ.
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What is the meaning of these Kanji? [closed]

I bought this shirt from Monogatari Series but I want to know the meaning of the kanjis
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Meaning of 合わせる本命の拳 in the following context

Context: a match between two counter puncher boxers in the manga リクドウ. After a calm fist round, in the second round they begin an intense fight during which both throw a lot of counter punches to each ...
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Information about っちょ noun suffix

I recently encountered the suffix っちょ after a noun in a manga. According to Jisho, it is a suffix used after a noun or the root of an adjective and which means "person who is/thing that is". Since it ...
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Need help with economics headline that contains 還元

Since I do not hold a degree in business, this headline has me stumped. Please note all of these are my sad attempts at translation since the article is only in Japanese. 支払い時に還元、実質値引きへ "Return at ...
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Different words for bookshop

I see there are many different words for bookstore: 本屋, 書店, 書肆, 書籍商 and even ブックストー. What is the difference between all of these bookshops? I guess the most common word is 本屋, and ブックストー must be a ...
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What is the word for “man cave”?

In English, the term is used for a special room where a man sets things up for his own personal use and enjoyment, his private space for entertainment and hobbies. The room is decorated and used by ...