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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 知りたい in the following TV program

Here is the URL to the webpage of a TV program. https://news.ntv.co.jp/feature/知りたいッ! If I understand it correctly, 「知りたいッ」is the name of the program. There is a brief explanation of the program on ...
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Meaning of 貸し and 借り in「この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない」

From chapter one of 転校先の清楚可憐な美少女が、昔男子と思って一緒に遊んだ幼馴染だった件 I have difficulty understanding the meaning of 貸し and 借り in this panel, especially in this line この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない Based on what I know. 貸し ...
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What does this phrase about a face/expression mean? 少し尖った凛とした表情

I came across this sentence but don't know what it means about a girl's face/expression 整【ととの】った顔【かお】立【だ】ちに、少【すこ】し尖【とが】った凛【りん】とした表情【ひょうじょう】。 My guess: "in her well-ordered face, is a dignified ...
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The meaning of 連中を巻いてきたのか?in this context [closed]

Context : MC and the school's Public Moral Team are chasing down a strange creature .But MC found him sit on top of a statue (?) which was engraved on to the wall of the school's clock tower, and ...
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Meaning of なければ + 分かる訳ないだろ

My question is about the sentence "領にでも行かなきゃ分かる訳ないだろ", meaning: "You'd have to go to the territory to find out (what is happening)" I know that なきゃ from 行かなきゃ is an abbreviation of ...
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Are 片隅 and 隅 synonymous?

I've seen them both used in the same context, for example, テレビは片隅にあります In that sentence, would 隅 have the same meaning, or is there some nuance to the two words?
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About the difference in these sentences with のを and のが

I've been struggling to find the difference between those two structures, is one of them wrong or they are both right and have a difference in meaning/emphasis 俺が走るのが見た 俺が走るのを見た
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Questions about some JLPT1 grammar terms [closed]

I failed the last time I took the test, so I am looking to brush up. There seem to be a lot of repeats among terms? a) What is the difference between dano and toka? Also nari? They all seem to mean ...
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Meaning of かけやがりまして in 勝手にヒーリングをかけやがりまして

What is the meaning of かけやがりまして in 勝手にヒーリングをかけやがりまして? Should I read it as かけ + やがりまして? If so, what would the inflection of やがる(り)+ まして mean when used together with かけ? And what would the meaning of ...
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Meaning of ごまかす

その政治家は曖昧な言い方をして問題をごまかした。 The politician spoke in a vague way and misrepresented the problem. The politician spoke in a vague way and glossed over/dodged the problem. I'm trying to understand the verb ...
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when is に used to mark the subject?

I was reading a grammar book, and I stumbled across the following sentence 君になんかわからない At first sight, I thought it means "I don't know you." But the translation given beneath the sentence ...
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I'm not sure how I should translate this: "姉上が戦いを止めて誰もけがをしなかったみたいです"

姉上が戦いを止めて誰もけがをしなかったみたいです It SEEMS that the big sister broke up the fight or is it a FACT that she broke up the fight, so "it seems" that no one was injured? Is "it seems" related ...
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Is it "Is" or "has " in this sentence? [closed]

人類が生き残る希望だと信じて Is he saying that he believed humanity had hope or that someone was its hope?
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Need help with the meaning of this sentence [MC failed to catch a strange creature- half cat half bird like, then he said this]

MC is a detective in his school .He's trying to catch a strange creature ,that the student in his school are gossiping about.The school Public Moral Department is chasing this creature too like him , ...
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What are the differences between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}?

I can't figure out the difference between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}, both meaning "hometown, birthplace", despite having done some research of my own in the internet as well as in this site. There is ...
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Why is 起こしましたか woke up while 起こったのですか is happened?

Why does どこで起こしましたか means where did you wake up while どこで起こったのですか means where did it happen?
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The diffference between 褒めてもらった vs 褒めてくれた?

I came across this expression on TV recently when B said something nice about A, and so A kind of told the viewers 褒めてもらった? I got the impression that the speaker meant "Did I just received a ...
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Whats the accurate meaning of this ごまかすin this sentence?

照れ臭くなるとすぐごまかす... これじゃわかんなぃよ She doesn't understand the person because when the person feels awkward she ...plays it off/trying to hide it?
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Why did "mairasesoro" (まいらせさうらふ/まいらせ候) have its own kana ligature?

The Japanese Wikipedia notes that before 1900, the kana sequence まいらせさうらふ (mairasesōrō) had its own kana ligature: Poking around Wiktionary, my best guess would be that this is a set phrase in ...
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What is the semantic difference between 認める and 通じる?

I am looking for the differences in terms of meaning between 認める and 通じる. I have 3 related questions which I have numbered across this answer to make it clearer. Now, 通じる has a myriad of different ...
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Meaning of noun + がどうとかいってたが

I found the sentence: 「なんでなんだっけ…… 魔王の代替わりがどうとかいってたが……」 Context: the character is reading a newspaper that talks about an event that occurred because of the replacement of the Demon King. I can ...
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Meaning of ものはないか

Context: the character is in a store, searching for something fun to do. Full sentence: 俺は何か面白いものはないか、店内を見回してみた。 My question is about the first part of the sentence, "俺は何か面白いものはないか", ...
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Difference between んやったら and すれば

It seems like you can use 「んやったら」to say "if", so what's the difference between this expression and words like 「したら and すれば」 What would be the difference between: そのビザがあるんやったら... And ...
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Meaning of くれる in 転がってくれるわ

I found the sentence: ようし、転がってくれるわ! It was translated as: Alright, I'm gonna roll around! (The context is that the character is rolling on a soft tatami, he's alone so he's not really talking to ...
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What’s the usage of “では” in this sentence?

歴史の授業は大きい教室でやります。歴史の先生は日本人で、授業ではあまり英語を使いません。 Is it composed of “で+は“ while は just highlights the noun before it? But if that’s the case then does 授業 here refer to a period of time?
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“は…は” usage: What’s the function of the first は?

午後は授業はありません。 I saw this sentence in my book, and from my understanding the second は marks the topic of the sentence, and in some cases “は…は” highlights the contrast between two topics, but in this ...
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Meaning of いーじゃん

I am reading 海街 Diary, and I have come across the dialogue below. For context: The older sister of the female protagonist calls her, and then has a go at her because her phone was switched off and she ...
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です vs ありますwhat is the difference between the two? Can they ever be interchangeable?

Q: 日本語の授業は毎日ありますか。一日に何時間ですか。 A: 日本語の授業は毎日あります。一日に二時間あります。 I have questions about the difference between “です” and “あります” regarding the above sentences taken from my textbook. Why is that “です” was used ...
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What's the use of tsumori in the first sentence and no in the second?

オレが...ここにいることで生かしてもらってることはわかってるつもりです Translation in the manga : I'm...here so i see you intend to let me live tsumori means the person plans on keeping him alive? In another version it just says &...
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Grammar meaning of でも in 何泊でもどうぞ

……まあ。本当は素晴らしい剣なのですね。そんなものをお預かりできるのでしたら、何泊でもどうぞ I know that でも can mean something like "Even", so 何泊でもどうぞ in this context probably means something like "Even if (でも) you stay as many ...
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What is もしくは doing in this comparision

I saw this sentence in an episode of Attack on Titan ライナーができないと言うようにもしくはライナーでさえここで休まざるを得ない現状を鑑みるに The speaker is referencing something that ライナー said they can't do I don't understand why you would ...
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What is とは in English?

I read a manga and there was this sentence: 巨人とは片想いのままだなクソメガネ Some people have been saying that because the speaker says toha there is a love that is implied to be mutual and he might be referring ...
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Cannot understand 甘える

I will show two examples from Japanese websites. First of all, from Weblio: 「彼女は私に甘える=She spoils me」 Secondly from some site for Japanese English learners (Gabastyle): 「悲しいことが起きたときには友達や家族に甘えてもいいんだよ=In ...
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What does "なにしに" mean?

I've just begun reading the Doraemon manga. Coming across this phrase, I've searched for its meaning but have been unable to find anything helpful so far. An English translation of the manga suggests ...
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申し訳ないです not used as an apology?

I read the following sentence: あんなおまけイラストまで喜んで貰えて却って申し訳ないです。 As far as I know 申し訳ないです is usually used for formal apologies but translating it like "I'm sorry that you are pleased ..." ...
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Meaning of 託す here

What does 託されて mean in this passage? I see that it can mean "to express in the form of" or "to use as a pretext". Is one of those definitions applicable? ⁠ とまれ古い昔にどこかの遥かな国の王子が、...
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What’s the difference between “AにもBがあります“ and “AにBもあります”?

It seems to me that both mean the same thing, but which one is more frequently used?
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What is the meaning of もの in ものすごく? [duplicate]

I don't understand the function of もの in the following sentence: 薬がものすごく苦かったから、急いで飲み込んだ。 The sentence makes perfect sense if I omit もの altogether, and I am not sure what is its function in the ...
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Meaning of ばっかっていうのもねえ

What is the meaning of ばっかっていうのもねえ in the sentence: "せっかくヨットに乗るのに、 野郎ばっかっていうのもねえ"?
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What is the meaning of the combination あまり and たくさん into あまりたくさん?

I came across the following sentence in my textbook (上級へのとびら, lesson 12, page 279). It is part of a presentation explaining how to make 押し花: まず、最初にティッシュペーパーを1枚ボール紙の上に置きます。次に、そのティッシュペーパーの上に草花を並べて置きます。...
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What does the word 秀尽 mean?

My friend has been playing the Japanese video game called Persona 5 and there was the high school named 秀尽学園高校. I can't find the word 秀尽 (shujin) anywhere. Does it mean something?
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What is 「群青{ぐんじょう}」refering to in the context of youth?

The word 「群青{ぐんじょう}」frequently appears in the literatures or music lyrics about youth life. I can't find any other meaning other than "Ultramarine" in the dictionary. What does it mean in ...
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What is the use of the と particle in the following sentence?

新型コロナ感染拡大前の4年前の同じ時期と比べると、およそ5割にとどまっています。 This is from a news article on the number of seats being used on the Shinkansen. I understand the meaning is "In comparison to the same time 4 years ago ...
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Repetition and meaning of なくも

I am currently reading 天気の子 by 新海誠。There is a passage which I can't figure out which uses the phrase なくも over and over. Other posts mention なく or も separately, but not together (that I've found). I ...
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What does よくも色々邪魔ァしてくれたな! mean in this context?

Can someone explain to me what よくも色々邪魔ァしてくれたな means in this context? MC and a girl ran away from a bunch of bandits. But after they've stopped for a while to talk, the bandit leader caught up to them ...
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Why does the ending -な sometimes translate to "do" and sometimes translate to "do not"? [duplicate]

Why is the meaning of -na different in the two sentences below? これを食べな - Don't eat this ここに座りな - Sit here
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Meaning of だけれど at sentence end

I'm finding difficult to understand how だけれど is used here. 〝藤戸千雪〟 あの子、技術と勘はかなりいいわよね …ただ 〝技術〟じゃ差が出ないのよ ショーモデルは〝歩き〟と〝ポーズ〟をちゃんと鍛えてくるから だからこそ〝身長〟と〝雰囲気(オーラ)〟の世界って言われるのだけれど I think I understand what the ...
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Is there a double meaning in this sentence?

図体ばかりでかくなりやがって In the manga it's translated with some snark, "only your bodies get big" implying their brains don't (they were complaining about working out too hard) But the anime ...
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Meaning of 全くです in this sentence [duplicate]

I saw the sentence 前はピザを食べていましたけど、今は全くですね translated as "I used to eat pizza, but now I don't eat it at all." On this case, shouldn't 全く be written as 全くない to express the negativity of &...
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What does ということ mean here?

それは、この世の全ての暗号を無意味にできるということ It means that it can render all the encryptions of the world useless What does it mean in this context and what usage of it is being used? Is it "means x)"?
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