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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 果たせることが出来たなら

I'm looking for some assistance in understanding the second line in the below as I am not quite sure what 果たせる is referring to (I know what 果たす means in e.g. 目的を果たす). I am not sure if there is ...
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Meaning of によって/により

I’ve come across this phrase によって/により quite often and I’ve researched and found these meanings: by Person (この本は君によって書かれた?); due to/ because of; by means of (The teacher checked their knowledge by the ...
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How to interpret 分 in the following passage

報酬分は働かせてもらうよ。もちろん追加をもらえりゃあ、その分よく働くってもんさ。 The first sentence is ambiguous to me. Is the second sentence actually an explanation of the first sentence here, i.e. "let me work the amount appropriate to ...
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The meaning of 似つかわしくない

呼び出し場所は、昼休み中には似つかわしくない通学路。その途中にある休憩所だ。 似つかわしくない: inappropriate, unsuitable. I'm confused with the sentence, and I suspected 似つかわしくない might have another meaning. If I translated the sentence, it ...
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What is the meaning of 過ぎる in this sentence?

The verb 過ぎる shows up in the following sentence: 二年間の景気後退期を過ぎれば、この国の経済は最悪の状態を脱するかもしれません。 I think I understand the sentence but the problem is that I'm not sure what 過ぎる exactly means. It is in ...
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Meaning of 「どどめ色」

I came across this sentence: 「あんた ホントに どどめ色の青春を過ごしてるわね」 The context is that the addressee wanted to show the speaker a new move he learned by watching the same video over and over again. ...
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Meaning of 調整役 in the following sentence

Context: in the manga Rikudo, Riku is going to fight against the number 2 of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation), a Filipino boxer named Alan Sedenho. Alan has been offered by the ...
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How to interpret 「ニッポン死ね」 in the following context

In the manga Dead Tube, the presenter of a gossip video is talking about the adultery committed by a female politician called 山岡. He says that the woman was also the winner of the buzzwords contest (...
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What does the いうの do in this sentence? [duplicate]

I have this sentence: 一体 何をしようというのですか? which I understand to mean: What in the world are you trying to do? However I cannot understand what というの means or functions as doing. From my own ...
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The usage of という in questions

My question is about the differences when using という in a question compared to without. Take for example the 4 questions below 何があったというのだ? 何があったのだ? 何かが始まるというの? 何かが始まるの? The two questions ...
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Usage of よう without に particle

みなさん、こんにちは! So, I am a beginner. I have just started reading my first manga in Japanese, 鬼滅の刃, and I've encountered a sentence which I don't really understand the grammar for. Here it is: 丸腰{まるごし}​...
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What is それ in それどころ pointing at in this sentence?

溺れる者は藁をも掴む。溺れる火口はレムにもすがる。 返って自分の首を絞めてしまう結果に終わりました。それどころか頼みの綱のレムにさえ破滅への道程を勧められ、それと知らずに「レム、お前頭いいな」などと頓珍漢な賛辞を送ってしまいます。 The context is that 火口 is being led to a trap(he's going to a place ...
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What does さあ (saa) mean?

I have seen this term used a lot in many different ways. 「さあ、忘れましょうその未来が」 saa, wasuremashou sono mirai ga — in this sense, I assume it means "come". But I have also seen it used as 「でもさあ」 demo saa — ...
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「しまう」 as standalone words in dialogue and description, in quotes

In the story I'm reading the author use 「しまう」 as isolated word, in quotes: 中学一年の姉は、今シェイクスピアに凝っている。最初は日本語訳を片っ端から『しまって』いたが、だんだんそれではあきたらなくなり、最近ではついにオリジナルで『しまい』始めたのだ 光紀{みつのり}は順調に日本の古曲を『しまえる』ようになると、...
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I need help understanding the grammar in this sentence: 自分で言うのもなんだけど

I am still in the beginning stages of learning Japanese grammar and while I understand the meaning of the kanji I don't understand what のも means in the context of this sentence. 自分で言うのも なんだ けど
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Meaning of 「何だ」in this sentence [duplicate]

This sentence is from a light novel. Right after the character has defeated a dullahan, one of the characters starts praying and says this: 「祈りを、捧げている。 デュラハンは不条理な処刑で首を落とされた騎士が、恨みでアンデッド化するモンスターだ。...
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Meaning of 迎えにやってくる

小さかった頃、ハリーは誰か見知らぬ親戚が自分を迎えにやってくることを何度も何度も夢見た。 When he was little Harry dreamed over and over of unknown relatives greeting him. Obviously the 'greeting him' part is wrong. I'm not sure I fully ...
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Meaning of a sentence with Aが言うのもなんだけど and other considerations

Basically my question is what does the following line mean: A: あたしらが言うのもなんだけど……テストの相手があたしらで、テストになんの? Context: Persons A and B are testing the combat abilities of one of two groups of people. To ...
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Does the meaning of the Kanji change based on its reading

Most Kanji have multiple readings. For example 人 has got the readings: ひと ジン ニン Does the meaning change when the Kanji is read differently. I don't think that the meaning of this Kanji changes based ...
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思い過ごせばいい - Actual meaning?

In the first opening of One Piece titled "We are", there's a section that goes 「個人的な嵐は誰かのバイオリズム乗っかって思い過ごせばいい!」. Upon some googling, I found following explanation: 個人的な悩みは誰かの生きていく上で繰り返す感情の変化、...
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Is あの兵に plural or singular?

Full sentence:生者は死なないあの兵士に意味を与えるまで I read it as : The living won't die until those soliders are given meaning Is it okay or is it about a single solider?
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Action of ではない on sentence part

I found on NHK easy Japanese a puzzling sentence: アメリカのトランプ大統領は、戦争をするために殺したのではないと言っています。 My problem is with 戦争をするために殺したのではない My first attempt at translation would use mentally parenthesis as shown ...
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Possible meanings for “気を巡らせる”

I'd like to know the possible meanings for "気を巡らせる" . The term is from a Drama CD I'm currently listening, its a fantasy story with magic and the sort. The context is a fight, the main character use ...
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Figurative meaning of 結果的に 「一直線で来られてよかった」?

I came across this sentence: 「結果的に 一直線で来られてよかった」 The sentence was uttered after the character reached the place where he wanted to go. Why I don't think that this statement is used in a literal ...
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What is the meaning of “MiN” in the context of a japanese web novel which is using gaming terminology? [closed]

I'm reading a japanese web novel on the website Syosetu and a term popped up which i can't figure out. The original paragraph where it appears is as follows: HP 120 (14UP) MP 122 (15 UP) ViT 118 (...
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Meaning of つかみどころがない on a person

I have seen the literal translation of the phrase 「つかみどころがない」, somewhere along the lines of being either slippery, vague or elusive. I encountered this phrase 立花{たちばな}さんつかみどころないんだよなぁ… I cannot ...
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Meaning of 寝落ちしてた and differentiating 寝 as either sleep or lying down?

I interpret 寝落{ねお}ちしてた as "I fell asleep", but I can also see it as "I was lying down". As for whether or not 寝 in a sentence implies sleeping or simply lying down, is that determined merely by ...
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そ and も meaning in その中でも

I need some help in understanding the meaning of そ and も in その中でも. I understand that の中で by itself carries the meaning of among but I could not figure out the contribution of the two other hiraganas ...
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What does 「アニメ」 mean in this context?

I know 「アニメ」 as short for 「アニメーション」, meaning an animated film/cartoon; I tried on Jisho and Weblio, but I couldn't find any other meaning. Yet I found these senteces, which I'm not sure about by ...
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Difference between やめろい and やめろ

What exactly is the difference between やめろい and やめろ? Is this い the same as the one used to strenghten assertions and statements like the い used in the sentence-final かい, だい, and がい? Can it be used ...
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How to write “Redhead Woman”?

1) Does this mean "redhead woman"? 赤毛の女性 I read that 女性 is quite formal and use more like "female". So is it possible to use it in this context or should I use another word for "woman"? 2) How to ...
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What does 笑みがこぼれてくる mean and how is it different to 笑みがこぼれる

愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれてくる 愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれる My question is how is the 1st sentence different from the 2nd, and what nuance does the くる add.
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願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか meaning?

In episode 3 of Shingeki no Kyojin at 8:30 there is this sentence: 願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか I tried my hardest but I couldn't understand what it means; can any expert here explain the structures ...
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Meaning of verb + つもりも + potential verb + 程

In a letter by a mangaka at the end of a manga, I encountered the following sentence: 〝正しいこと〟なんて描くつもりも描ける程、自分を上等とも思っていないけど〝つまらないこと〟だけはしないようにしていきたいなって思います Is verb + つもりも + potential verb + 程 a ...
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How would one translate “蝋燭はけっこう上のほうにある” into English?

How would one translate this sentence into English? 蝋燭{ろうそく}はけっこう上のほうにある I generally know what each of the words mean individually, however I don't know if any of them change in this context. I'm ...
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What does のそ mean in this picture?

What does のそ mean in this picture? A friend of mine said that it was "a moment later...", but I'm not really sure if that's the real meaning. What does this annotation mean?
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How do I connect these three seemingly irrelevant clauses of lyrics?

I am studying the lyrics of 美しければそれでいい by 石川智晶. I am quite confused by the first three lines in this part: 未来と指切りするのをやめたのは 痛みから遠く逃れようとしても 冷えた風がほら髪を揺らすよ 何処で答えを探せばいい From my ...
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Question about 「得為らざる」

I came across this sentence: 「まるで触れ得為らざるものの様な...」 I am pretty sure that this is some kind of 'archaic' speech here and found following explanations for understanding this sentence: https://www....
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Usage of 全部束 and かなう

同級生の男の子を全部束にしてもかなわないほど頻繁にハリーは散髪させられたが、... Harry was made to get a haircut so often that even if you made the boys in his class into a complete bundle it would not rival it The meaning is clear (I ...
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Meaning of 黙って買い

What does 黙って買い mean? No definition show up in my search engine. Examples in the wild: 「増配」は黙って買い! 二番底は黙って買え 【白抜き逃げ馬】1600万下は黙って買い! | 逃げ馬を追え! 【ユニットストラテジー紹介】男は黙って買い一本!
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Meaning clarification about「扱う」and 「禁じ手」 in this sentence

The parts marked in bold are what I am unsure about in this sentence... 「すでに敵対組織はかなり掃討されたのに、麻薬の流通量がちっとも減らないのは、謎のボスが禁じ手のはずだった麻薬を扱いだしているからなんじゃないのか、と思うんだが...」 The dictionary entries of 「禁じ手」usually are ...
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パドル -What does it actually mean?

I believe, many of you have already seen this meme. In short, in a PlayStation game Fate/Extra an anime girl is singing Jingle bells-like song in Japanese: 走{はし}れ艝{そり}よ 風{かぜ}のように 月{ずき}見晴{みは}らを ...
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Is there a difference between わけではない and わけではなく?

Or do they both mean the same thing? ("Not necessarily the case")
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Meaning and translation of カット割り and difference with 絵コンテ

In video production what is the exact meaning of カット割り? I found these two definitions: 撮影(収録)前に、台本上で演出意図に合わせて区切りをつけ、画柄を決めること。(from here) カット割りとは、各シーンの構図やカット、シーンとシーンのつなぎのことをいいます。(from here) ...
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Can “響く” have the meaning of “to come (home); to remain (with someone)”?

I looked up 響{ひび}く on jisho.org, where I found the meaning "to come (home); to remain (with someone)" under definition 3. I was curious and checked a few monolingual online dictionaries, but none of ...
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「とまっている」 as figurative “To stay”, “To [figuratively] be in a place”?

I'm trying to understand this sentence: 細い青白い首がぼさぼさになった髪の中に消えた、それがふたつにわかれて頭の両がわから突然にとびだしたという感じの大きな耳に朝の侘しさがとまっている This is the given translation: His thin, pale neck disappeared into his ...
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What does ここじゃ何だ means in this sentence?

「そ、そうか。何か大変そうだな……ここじゃ何{なん}だ、取りあえず私の店まで来いよ」 I couldn't find the meaning...
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What is おばあちゃん子?

I attempted to find the meaning of おばあちゃん子 but it seems that it does not exists in the dictionary. What does it mean?
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What's the difference between 調整する and 整える?

Both meanings are about adjust or fix, but I can't manage to understand why 温度を調整した ( right ) 温度を整えた ( wrong ) If 整える usually means fix something to the right condition/state the second sentence ...
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Meaning of sentence

I have some trouble understanding this sentence: AとかけましてBと解きます。その心はC。

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