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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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Does 両親ともに健在とは限らない。mean “Both of my parents aren't alive.”?

This is a sentence from the Tanaka corpus, I would have thought that it means "I have a parent that has passed away.". I'm asking that because the Tanaka corpus contains some mistakes so I think it ...
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Trouble understanding 相変わらずとぼけた奴

I'm having trouble understanding this person is saying. I understand he is complaining that someone is late but not much more after that. おそいぞ 10時ギリギリか 相変わらずとぼけた奴だぜ
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Is this ことだ ことか? [duplicate]

ツッコミどころはいろいろあるのだが、その筆頭が挑戦する立場のBrock Lesnarに対してチャンピオンの2人(Seth RollinsとKofi Kingston)が「俺のベルトを選べ」と言ってることか。 If I translate this paragraph assuming か doesn't make the statement into a question, it would ...
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The “cultural” meaning of 人間 (ningen)?

So, I have a general question about the word 人間 (ningen), and it's not about grammar. The most common translation for this word is "human", but I have been noticing that its usage is somewhat ...
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Talking about what we are going to do

漢字の辞書を買おうと思っています。 (I am going to buy a kanji dictionary) (decision already made) from "Genki 2" So, we use the volitional form + と思っています to talk not about spontaneous decisions but those ...
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Meaning and usage of ずっとそう思っていました。

Which translation is most apt for ずっとそう思っていました。? "I always thought so." "I have always thought that..." "It is always on my mind" "I am always thinking about" When and how is the phrase/expression ...
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Meaning of 水洗式 other than flush toilet

In an article about penetrant testing (浸透探傷検査) I found the following sentence: 浸透液は水洗式でハケ塗りとし,極力溶接部以外に浸透液が付着しないようにすること. In this kind of test, a penetrant liquid is used on a surface (in this case ...
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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 呼ばれてる mean in this context?

I’m reading a story, and in it 2 students are talking about a teacher. One says, ね、榎本先生ってさ。。。 男子にエロ本って呼ばれてるらしいよ。This is followed by a scene where the boys were caught with a prön mag, and the teacher ...
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大学教員の公募にでる「単行本」の意味

Japanese 一般的に、「単行本」という単語は連載している漫画の数章分をまとめて、本として、出版するものですが、大学教員の募集に 3)論文2編(主論文1編と参考論文1編とし、その別を必ず明記する。刊行された論文であること。単行本、修士論文、博士論文は不可。論文はコピーでも可。) と書いてありました。修士論文と博士論文の意味はわかりますが、単行本はこの場面で、どのような意味になりますか。...
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Meaning of 全数 when talking about frequency

In an article about quality control, I found the following expression: 検査頻度: 全数 I read in the dictionary that 全数 means "total, complete". Since we are talking about frequency, I thought it could ...
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Can わけがわからない be used as adjective?

Excuse my seemingly dumb question. I was reading a fan comment: (please feel free to read just the first paragraph, i just put the rest for some context but it may not be necessary) 第40話では、「わけがわからない『...
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What does this sentence from Dazai Osamu's 「人間失格」 containing 「女の修行」 mean?

はたから見て、俗な言い方をすれば、自分は、淫売婦に依って女の修行をして、しかも、最近めっきり腕をあげ、女の修行は、淫売婦に依るのが一ばん厳しく、またそれだけに効果のあがるものだそうで、既に自分には、あの、「女達者」という匂いがつきまとい、女性は、(淫売婦に限らず)本能に依ってそれを嗅ぎ当て寄り添って来る、そのような、卑猥で不名誉な雰囲気を、「おまけの附録」としてもらって、そうしてそのほうが、...
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What's the meaning of a sentence by a manga author? 「もともとイラスト畑の人間なので…」

もともとイラスト畑の人間なので、全体の流れよりも 1コマごとの絵に意識が持っていかれる事が多くて大変でした。 1コマ描くのに一日かかったのもあったりして.... 漫画って難しいですね! それでは、この本を手に取ってくださり まことにありがとうございました! I'm having a hard time understanding the sentence in bold. ...
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Meaning of を作画 at the end of sentence

In a manual about welding I encountered the following sentences: (3)FSWを行う継手について,表面(A)に垂直な直線(B)を作画 (4)表面(A)から距離440mm位置の直線(B)上の点(C)を作画 I am not sure if を作画 means "Drawing of the straight line.....
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Why does ~なんてもんじゃない / ~のなんのって mean とても?

Both the following two expressions from my text book 完全マスター聴解N1 are explained as とても(高い/人が多かった): 高いなんてもんじゃないよ 人が多かったのなんのって Could someone explain what they are based on/where they come from ...
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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's the meaning of ぜってーつえー

I've found this expression on a manga and I don't know if the correct translation be Absolutely strong 絶対強い
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What does 口 add to words like 出口?

As I am going over the uses of N5 kanji, I have gotten confused as to why 口(ぐち) is used in places such as 出口 and 入口. What meaning does it add?
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Jibun dake baka o miru meaning?

I saw it on a prep book and there says the meaning is to waste time and money, but I don't understand how.
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Meaning of “ホーケー” in a sentence

I'm reading some R-rated doujinshi on the internet and came across this line: この立派なホーケーチOチンで! I don't understand what "ホーケー" means. My guess is that it means something "take a look at this!" type of ...
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The connection of clauses

大豆は他の作物が育ちにくい、やせた土地で栽培できるので、昔から日本各地で栽培されてきた。 Please help me understand the meaning of the sentence. To me it looks like 大豆は他の作物が育ちにくい is a separate sentence, not connected with the rest. But it ...
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What is the 中 in ダウンロード中?

I was downloading an update for a phone game I set in Japanese and on the screen it said 「ダウンロード中」and I don’t understand the use of 中. Middle? In the middle of downloading?
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Real meaning of やがて

In many pages the meaning of やがて is "in the proper time", sometimes it's "eventually"… I'd like to know all the meanings.
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Meaning of 意義があるかどうかは自分で判断しないかもしれません

I understand what 判断する means e.g. 彼は人を見た目で判断しない - He does not judge people by appearances.  However, I'm failing to understand what is being meant by 自分で判断しないかもしれません in the last part of this ...
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まぁ、そんなものですかな? perhaps this means perhaps, perhaps?

I have seen this construction used various times in Japanese text, but I cannot really put my finger on as to what it could mean definitively. 人類の進歩と調和に役立つもの・・・例えば ディフレクターに代わる 新しいエネルギーとか まぁ、...
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What does 気楽 mean when attached to ビール or お酒?

I first found this here: https://www.ettoh.jp/ 楽酒=気楽なお酒 Does this mean the drink is easy to drink? Or that it's meant to be drunk in a carefree setting? One example I was taught for 気楽 is in ...
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Explaining phrase お客様各位【きゃく.さま.かく.い】

The expression お客様各位 means dear customer. The first part, お客様, means customer, or guest. That is easy to understand for me. But the meaning and usage of second part, ~各位 is not very clear to me.
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When is a table not a table?

A desk is a desk, but is there any important difference between the two words for "table"? Here is what the wwwjdic says: 卓 【たく; しょく】table; desk; (たく only) counter for tables, desks 机 【つくえ】 desk ...
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What does it mean when みたいな is at the end of a sentence?

彼ももうちょっとがんばればよかったのに..、みたいな…。 or なんか、お腹減った、みたいな… Just for some examples. Is it some sort of filler? I understand normal uses of みたい but I don’t understand what it means at the end of a sentence.
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「呆れる」とはどういう意味ですか?

呆れるとはどういう意味か今一つわからないのです。goo辞書で調べると、「あまりに意外なことに驚く」というのが出てきますが、今まで見てきた例を考え合わせてみると、やはり納得がいかないところが残っています。特に、「呆れる」には必ず「驚き」の要素が入っていますか?「ショック」「衝撃」と同じくらい、爆発的な印象がありますか? そして、三つの例について聞かせてください。 ①「...
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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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Meaning of 人同士 in these sentences

I often hear "ひとどうし" in casual conversation, and I am never sure of its exact meaning. I am not talking about 恋人同士, 大人同士, 日本人同士, 他人同士, etc. Surprisingly, 人同士 is not in my dictionary nor ALC, almost ...
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What is the meaning of 「ご安心いただければと存じます。」?

Is the google translation "We hope you feel relieved." accurate? While I was searching the net for this. I found in this link , based from my understanding of the first and second sentence the polite ...
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Can you answer the question 何を飲みますか? with 水です。?

It doesn’t seem that natural, as 水です seems to mean “It is water”, rather than a shorter form of 水を飲みます.
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Is the sentence 「もう少し誠実に対応頂けませんか。」rude and unprofessional? What does it literally mean in English?

If you think a person has been irresponsible with his work (changing responses to inquiries without reason and not really researching for the answer) and you sent a message with the ending sentence 「...
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Is どんな in this context a question?

I was reading some web novels online but I'm kind of stumped by this particular dialogue. 佐倉ちゃんがどんな子供とぶらぶらしてても... 僕で遊んでくれて... こうして虐めさせてもらえて... To put some context into this, a little kid ...
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Meaning of けらている

From a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5T-L0b43no Bolded parts are what I'm struggling with with. あたしは目を瞑って静かに座っているのに なぜかのけらているようなそんな浮遊感だ It looks like 浮遊感 means "floating/drifting ...
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Help understanding this line - usage of くれる

I'm a bit confused when trying to understand the second line in the below. To add a bit of context to help, the main character has traveled back in time, so that he can stop something bad from ...
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What does 人の手により in this sentence mean?

I have problems understanding following sentence, especially the meaning of 人の手により 新しいデザインを作るまで、多くの人の手により出尽くした感もあるけど、諦めません。 Does he speak here about other designers? Something like Until a new ...
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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 adjective + め means [duplicate]

On this informational sign in ramen shop they use -i adjectives ending with め. I can understand plain かたい, 多い and such, but what purpose does ending an adjective in め serves?
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What does “回る” mean in this sentence?

公明党が容認に回ることで、両議会での議決が可能となることから、4年前に続いて、2度目の住民投票が行われる見通しとなりました。 Quoted from an NHK news article, which might not be accessible weeks after being published. Or to put my question in another way, how ...
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What does 松の木に吊るされた mean in this sentence?

I've been reading 『ひこばえ』, a novel that's being serialized on the Asahi Shinbun website, and yesterday I came across a bit of dialogue that I'm finding somewhat puzzling. The speaker is the priest of a ...
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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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How does これ以上する work in this particular context?

I've already learned how to use これ以上 when it means "beyond this" or further than this". But I'm confused as what it means in this particular context I came across. I've been reading a sports manga. ...
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Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

Do the following two sentences mean the same thing? 部下は課長に残業を頼まれました。 課長は部下に残業を頼ませました。
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Meaning of 文字起こし? [closed]

話し合って、らいあんさんにはエンディング、オープニング、エフェクトなどの編集をお願いします!もう1人お願いする方がいて、その人に文字起こしなどお願いすることになりました! I am working as a video editor for my client and I understand the first sentence, but I am having difficulty ...
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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、...