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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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What is the meaning of 偽り者

Is it imposter “ or something that is fake that is not necessarily human? Can it be both about a person and a thing?
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Change that comes with につれて

I encountered the following multiple-choice question on page 44 (question 1 in section 1) of my JLPT N2 grammar textbook 「新完全マスター文法 日本語能力試験N2」: 彼は(   )につれて、一人でいる時間が多くなっていった。 a 高校を卒業する   b 大人になる   c ...
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The difference between 本屋さん and 本屋

Why 本屋 ends with -さん (本屋さん)? Isn't 本屋 enough? What's the difference between these two?
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Having trouble wrapping my head around こういうの in this sentence

クリスマス… 悪くはないわね、こういうの。提督、私は好きよ。少し…酔いそう。 I can understand pretty much everything but the use of こういうの in there, is there something I'm missing? Is the speaker just reinforcing the statement they've ...
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Understanding それをごまかす方法として

From Naruto ch. 587 In this panel, Itachi is shown explaining how he is similar to Kabuto. There is one part I am not sure about, それをごまかす方法として... I am not sure what それ is referring to. Maybe one's ...
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Need help to understand the meaning of タチが悪いのよ in this context (1 of MC's big sister is saying that his other 2 sisters are acting too easy with him)

Context: 1 of MC's older sister said with his other 2 big sisters, that they're spoiling him /acting too easy with MC. Appreciates if someone can explain to me the meaning of this sentence "...
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(Edited)Different meaning to それで

I read a manga and I saw that it was translated to “is that so oh well.” Sokka sorede” even if he continued speaking as if “sorede” meant “that’s why/because of that” as I understood the word. Is ...
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What does み mean? とうさんのうえたニンジンはたくさんのみをつけた

I'm reading children's books in Japanese to study Japanese, but since they are for children, it's all in hiragana. In one part there is とうさんのうえたニンジンはたくさんのみをつけた, but there are many meanings to み. What ...
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What does "彼は必ず成功するに違いない" mean?

The following sentence is taken from Routledge's frequency dictionary of Japanese: 彼は必ず成功するに違いない。 The translation goes as follows: He must always succeed. Is this translation correct? I interpret ...
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Meaning of いいだけの話だ

Sentence: 叩き潰せばいいだけの話だ。 From my understanding, this sentence is composed of: 叩き潰せば - conditional form of 叩き潰す いい - Good So I think that 叩き潰せば + いい would translate to something along the lines of: ...
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What does this means in this context ? コルセットがちょっと苦しい (A character said this after she ate too much foods ,because they tastes too good.)

I don't understand this part of a sentence: "コルセットがちょっと苦しい". I can only make a wild guess based on the context : "My stomach might feel a bit uncomfortable" (?), but I'm not sure. ...
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What does の元で mean?

彼の元で護衛を務める。 Does it mean "for", "on behalf of", "in the name of"? Or "under the guidance of"? What's the difference between that and の下で? Can I replace で with ...
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What is this やれ form?

予め名前を記入してやれもしたが What form is this やれ and what does it mean? It doesn't seem to be the imperative form of やる.
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What does this mean about looting ? 略奪のかぎりをつくしてきた (MC is describing an enemy country/kingdom )

When reading, I met this expression which describes the looting of an enemy country, by the MC's kingdom/territory. Many thanks to anyone who can explain the correct meaning to me. 略奪のかぎりをつくしてきた My ...
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What does ~ていく mean here?

すぐ傍から告げられた言葉に、胸の鼓動がどんどん高鳴りを増していく。 As usual, I have problems understanding ~てくる/いく. I've already studied their meanings, but whenever I encounter them, I don't know which one it is. He hugs her, and ...
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What does 一生やってろ exactly mean?

I’ve seen this phrase being used and it just confuses me. I wanted to see if I could find an explanation for the phrase. A direct translation would be something like "Do it for the rest of your ...
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What is the meaning and reading of this kanji? [closed]

I’m reading とんがり帽子のアトリエ and I encountered a kanji which defies all my attempts to look up, whether by radicals or drawing. I’ve attached a picture, the kanji in question is at the top of the third ...
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にさせる usage in a sentence

I was reading the Japanese version of No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, and this sentence came up. 嫌な気持ちにさせるのだ I would like to know why に particle was used before the word させる.
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Is になど used here correctly?

So in th song advise by ARARE a line that reads the next 天国になどとうに行けないけど この音楽なら聴ける Is など here used after に for lyrical purposes or does it have another use since it does not make sense to me !
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Meaning of させてもらう

I'm trying to understand what させてもらう really means, beyond different translations I have seen, since they don't always seem to work. I found this question, which gives as meanings "[decide to] ...
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What is the meaning of か in this context (と同じか)?

I was reading an article on NHK News Web Easy and came across the following sentence: いつもの年の8月に降る雨と同じか2倍ぐらいの雨が、24時間に降りました。 I think the sentence means something like "Around 2x August's usual ...
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Is それで parsed by Japanese speakers as its own unique word, or それ + で?

According to my dictionary, the word それで means and; thereupon; because of that while それ means that (indicating an item or person near the listener, the action of the listener, or something on ...
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What is the meaning of 早々となりで? [closed]

夢は夢だったということだけれど、戦いがはじまった早々となりで死なれたら寝ざめが悪い (novel: All You Need Is Kill) I understand that the sentence means something along the lines of : "dream it was however if he died at the start of the ...
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what is the meaning of みにまかせる?

I've came across this sentence many times in anime songs and I don't know what is the meaning of it and the kanji of it. does the み in there stand for 見? also, what is the difference between that and ...
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What does 儘 mean here?

I found this sentence in the song 「光と闇の童話」: 花に水を遣るように 儘 罪には罰が要る What does 「儘」mean there?
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会社 Gaisha or Kaisha? [duplicate]

According to wikipedia, 株式会社 seems to be pronounced "kabushiki gaisha" but the abbreviation is K.K. and "kabushiki kaisha" is supposedly accepted as well. What's the difference?
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What does もの stand for here?

真改とは薄桜鬼の第一作を「薄桜鬼 真改」としてリメイクしたものです。 It's from the official site. What does もの refer to? The fact that led to the creation of the title? The title itself? Shouldn't it be こと? Or is it もん? If so, doesn'...
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What does どばっと mean in this question?

I came across this question on Japanese Quora. I will also post the text of the question in case the link doesn't work: 「飛行機で、tomato juice without ice, pleaseとお願いしました。CAさんが、no ice?と聞かれました。Yes! と答えました。...
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I don't understand the use of the って contraction on this sentence

While looking through some example sentences, I found one where I couldn't completely understand the use of the って particle (Here is the full context if needed): いいことを教えてあげよう。...
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初めて聞いた時はどうしてもうまく理解できなかった - What is どうしても contributing?

初めて聞いた時はどうしてもうまく理解できなかった What meaning does どうしても add?
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What does おこだわ mean on Twitter?

What does おこだわ mean on Twitter? I see it a lot but can't find a definition
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Difference between ~ことは and ~ことが

What is the difference between: 練習することが大切です。 練習することは大切です。
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What does this mean about a girl's action with her hair ? 髪を耳にかけている

I don't understand this expression, so much thanks if anyone can explain to me its meaning. 髪を耳にかけている (my guess is that she's adjusting (?) her hair behind her ear, but I'm not sure. And she's got a ...
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How can I break down the grammar of 黙って待ってろってのか?

I am reading a manga and came across the following sentence このまま俺ら妖魔のエサになるを黙って待ってろってのか I can sort of make sense of what the meaning is. Something along the lines of "In this situation should we ...
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Difference between 芽生える{めばえる}・芽{め}が出る{でる}/芽{め}を出す{だす}

I encountered the following multiple-choice question in an unofficial JLPT N3 vocabulary practice test: 先週、スイカの種を植えたばかりなのに、今朝見たら、もう芽が(   )いた。 1 なって  2 出て  3 散って  4 生えて I chose 「4 生えて」, but the ...
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What does this means about a smile face of a person ? ほんわりとした笑顔を浮かべ

When reading, I met this expression about a smile, but not sure what does it means here (warm smile / gentle smile ??) Much thanks if anyone can explain its meaning to me o/ A はほんわりとした笑顔を浮かべ、上機嫌な様子。
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こと at the start of a sentence

In 僕の愛したジークフリーデ, by Matsuyama Takeshi, I found this sentence: すでに手勢はなく、頼みのファーレンベルガーも退場した。ことこの場に至っては『彼女』は一人の非力な少女にすぎない The main character just arrived with her companion in the presence of the queen, ...
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Need help about a really difficult explanation of a science fiction term (霊子反応 / Spiritual Particles Reaction ??) [closed]

I'm reading a game with science fiction theme, and there is 1 part I don't understand what the F was the writer trying to conveys here, so much thanks if anyone can even decipher what he wrote here (...
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Do 白雪{しらゆき} and 白雪{はくせつ} mean the exact same thing?

I always add context to my flashcards and use different sources to find suitable ones from high-quality bilingual dictionaries. Kenkyusha offer examples for 白雪{はくせつ} but not 白雪{しらゆき}. I know some ...
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Does ちょっと(笑)have some kind of meaning when said at end of a sentence?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOuP6jppdJs&t=3m21s だけど 戦闘で使うのは バンギラスとか (Tyranitar) ちょっと(笑) There are so many sites that list the endless meanings of ちょっと. My guess out of 100 other theories is ...
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How does reduplication of words work in Japanese?

Recently I've heard words like ただただ and ゆっくりゆっくり showing up. I guessed that saying adverbs one more time over again puts more emphasis on them, but I'm not at all sure if that's true. (Always means ...
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What does「あればっかりは見た方が早いですって」​mean in this context ? (A conversation of MC, eating lunch with his office colleagues in a coffee shop )

Context: MC is having lunch with his office's colleagues, inside a coffee shop. They're talking about the shop owner. The MC asked "Does she handle everything in this shop alone?" Then one ...
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Why is Harry the jealous one in the following paragraph, and why is 幸せな時間はなかった not a negation?

This paragraph comes from the second Harry Potter book. I am not yet at a stage where I can read books comfortably, and I have trouble understanding this paragraph. The English original goes as ...
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What is the cultural and grammatical meaning of 門を同じくして戸を異にす?

I came across the idiom 「門を同じくして戸を異にす」 recently and was wondering what it means. I tried looking it up online, but there are very few places where it is explained. Is there a cultural meaning behind ...
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What does this means in this context その背中はどこか浮ついているように見えた。(MC came to the club room ,and saw her senpai is already there before her)

Context : MC came to the school's drama club room ,then she saw her senpai is already there before her ,and playing with a pencil in her hand. Then she's describing her impression about her senpai ...
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What function does わけ have in this question?

There's no dialogue preceding this question, but the context is that a father and his son have just arrived at a river to go fishing. The son asks: こんなところで魚なんか釣れるわけ? I believe this means "Can ...
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Confuse about the meaning of this sentence with プリプリ/puripuri?

Screenshot **I'm reading a VN ,and encounter this sentence in a H scene . The "puripuri" part make me confuse because it stand after 感触が and before と俺 . (Is it an adjective for "俺のペニス&...
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What does this mean in this context ? もしかして、なりきってる残念な……じゃなくて本物のレイヤーか? (MC did not believe that his favorite character in a mobile game is real)

Context: MC can't believe that his favorite character in the mobile game, which he has been playing, is real. He is going to buy a new smartphone in a smartphone shop, to replace his broken one and ...
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What's the grammar behind 寝ボケた事(を)言う

何寝ボケた事言ってんだおめえ I don't understand the function of 寝ボケた事, is it like "as if you were half asleep"?
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What does おばあちゃん子 / お兄ちゃん子 mean about a kid's personality ? (MC is talking about his little sisters) [duplicate]

When reading I saw these terms but don't understand. Many thanks if someone can explain those to me! 小さい頃から親代わりに面倒を見てきたせいか、おばあちゃん子ならぬお兄ちゃん子になってしまったようだ。​

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