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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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Is 集まろう! a common way to say “Let's get together?”

I'm pretty sure 集{あつ}まろう (atsumarou) technically means "Let's get together" or "Let's gather together" i.e. as a group, but I'm not sure if this would be a commonly used phrase in ...
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Grammar of [仰せ]{おおせ}になる

I've been reading through the Old Testament in my Japanese Bible (新共同訳). A phrase I've seen about a million times is [主]{しゅ}はモーセに仰せになった → The Lord commanded Moses I know what 仰せ(る) means, but I'm ...
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What does 「見ちゃいない」mean?

I came across this in a manga, and I still can't figure out what the ちゃいない means. Does any help please?
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Use of のところ for comparison?

Good day. I have an inquiry regarding a line from Yotsubato, it reads: 俺は4分のところを6分待ってちょっとデロデロにするのが好きなんすわ Which apparently translates to: I like to wait six minutes instead of four so that it gets ...
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「私ごとき」=「私ってば」 ?

In a message group someone says something critical of some other people in the same group, then goes on: たとえそうだとしても、それを言う必要はないと感じてしまいました……私如きがごめんなさい I have seen ごとき used as explained in dictionaries,...
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Using も alone to mean 当然 / “naturally”

I’ve found a usage of も that doesn’t seem to be in any dictionaries, but I’m convinced exists. The structure is: 「〜だから or 〜ば、〜もする」 And the meaning should be: 「〜だから or 〜ば、〜するのも当然のことだ」 “Because ... or ...
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Understanding subject of narration

I am looking for some assistance in understanding in first person narration when the narrator is speaking about themselves, or 'we'. Much of the time the meaning is unambiguous from context, however ...
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How to tell if a なり is the なる form or if it is the hiragana form of a word?

I am uncertain if the bolded なり below is the hiragana form of the kanji 鳴り 'ringing, sound' or if its the なる form for the そぞろ. (which would come out as 'to become restless/ to become on edge (and ...
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What is 炭って言ったら [closed]

The translation is "If you say charcoal" in google translate. Is it correct? Is there any other words from it the meaning/translation of 炭って言ったら?
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what is the difference between 均等 and 平等 and 等しい? All of them can be adjectives

What is the difference between 均等 and 平等 and 等しい? All of them can be adjectives. Could you make some examples to show the difference?
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て form + なら meaning

I'm used to only seeing なら, when used with verbs, to be used with either the dictionary form or the た form of a verb, but recently I saw it with the て form 麻雀を通してならお姉ちゃんと話せる気がする With a presumed ...
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Use of どうか in this sentence?

I'm having some trouble parsing this sentence: ピーターのことを、どうかよろしくお願いします The translation by my interpretation is something along the lines of "As to Peter I will leave it in your hands" (i.e. ...
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もん - meaning and when to use

What does もん mean in a sentence like the one below: うちのもんが卒業しまして It is used like "myself" in English, to reinforce "I"? So, sort of like "I myself" graduated? And when ...
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The various uses of 気 in isolation

The expressions/phrases that involve 気 (ie: 気になる, 気にする, 気がついた, etc) are pretty well documented online. However, it seems difficult to find how to use 気 outside of these. For example, I recently ...
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Meaning of word “しんネタ”

Can't translate this sentence: しんネタ どらにゃんこを マスター! Can be also たね (kana reversed). Context:
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~たくない vs ~ことが欲しくない

What's the nuance between saying 「話したくない」 vs 「話すことが欲しくない」?
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What is the purpose of using 悩ん with だり in the last sentence?

I know that だり...だりする is used to list verbs from my genki I book, but I knew that wasn't what was occurring in my sentence. While looking for aid to figure out what the だり in the last sentence means, ...
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What's the difference between 指摘する・指示する and 示す?

I know these verbs translate to "pointing out", "indicating" or "showing". I was just wondering what the nuance between these words mean.
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この世に生まれてきてしまった - How does this translate to “born into the world”?

The full phrase is: ですが私は死にたくありません (but I don't want to die) この世に生まれてきてしまったからです (because I was born into this world) I think I understand the vocabulary break down. I just don't understand how this ...
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Ending a sentence with かの [duplicate]

I recently came upon the following sentence (for a character thinking to themselves): ここは和にまかせるかの What I assume is the loose translation "I think I will leave this to Nodoka" The かの ...
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Meaning of 『肉』 when used stand-alone, apparently as some sort of insult

I am currently translating an English text, which itself has been translated from an originally Japanese text. Whenever there's something I don't understand in the English text, I try to translate the ...
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っちゅう after a verb

To be clear, I am not asking about なか after a verb (which can mean "during"/"while"). While reading, I encountered: うちらに確実に勝てるっちゅうんか!! Presumed meaning: You think you can ...
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Can フラれて be used in any non-romantic sense?

Something like “shocked” or “deceived”. Or rejected by friend, not by lover. Or in the situation where the person ignored someone’s problem. Really, any non-romantic meaning, even it’s not common.
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Sentence ending かどうか

I'm familiar with the usage of かどうか for "whether or not," but I can't understand its usage in the following example: 部の記録見る限り70符なんて千局に一回出るかどうか Is this an idiomatic usage of it? Since I'm ...
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Difference between -ている and こと•の

So i am a bit confused. I am learning japanese and i dont really understand the difference between the two mentioned above. 飲んでいる means drinking right? 飲むこと also means drinking right? Does it have the ...
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What do 条件付運航 and 状況待ち mean in practice?

A ferry company serving Yakushima offers a real-time status/schedule page with this handy key: ○:通常運航 △:条件付運航 ※:状況待ち 欠:欠航 The first and the last are clear enough (normal operation and cancelled, ...
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What does 層 mean when referring to fans (the people)?

In this article, the author writes about Nintendo fans using 層 as a suffix: 「任天堂の最も忠実なファン層がSwitchの長寿命化の鍵を握っている。」 「このような層を満足させるのはいつも難しい」 「任天堂はこの声の大きいプレイヤー層を狙っている。」 And, at last: 「任天堂は,...
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meaning of 言いきれる

I understand that きる means to do something completely but I do not understand in the context. Does 言いきれる mean: I can say with confidence ? 「Bクラスに知り合いは?」 「いるよ。仲良くなったって言いきれるのはまだ数人だけど “Do you know ...
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What is the meaning of these two? Donna Bangumi ga suki and Donna Bangumi o miru?

I already know what "Donna bangumi ga suki?" means: "What is your favorite tv show?". However, I'm less sure about "Donna bangumi wo miru?". Does it mean "What TV ...
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嵐 vs雷雨 is there any difference? [closed]

They both mean rain with a thunder?
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Meaning of 彼は好きです

My fellow Japanese-learning friend was told the following difference in meaning: 彼が好きです means I like him. Potentially, I can like many others; there is no emphasis whatsoever on the person that I ...
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How do you read this and what is the meaning of 出家?

What does 出家 means? Is it to go outside the house or nun?
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Parsing and meaning of a song verse

I'm trying to understand the opening of an anime song, but I'm stumped on a couple of parts by (I think) a similar doubt; this is the lyrics. Here's what I don't understand: 夢を持ってきた 言葉じゃ足りないユメのアリカ ...
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What is this 遡るという? [duplicate]

I'm studying Japanese using Yu-Gi-Oh. I'd understand this line is talking about the history of the games, but I don't get what this 遡るという means. ゲームの歴史…それは はるか5000年の昔 古代エジプトにまで遡るという
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Does 「密度」have any special meaning in context of computers?

I was reading this article and came across the line below 資源の稼働率: 高い効率と密度 Here's how I understood it Availability Factor of Resources: Highly efficient and dense. But I think I am missing something. ...
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When people use ざっくり?

I recently heard my colleagues use ざっくり which I haven't heard before. When I look it up in dictionary it translates to 'roughly; approximately; loosely' or 'deeply (cut or split)' - very different ...
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What does おやくそく mean here?

そうびは 「ぶき」と 「ぼうぐ」に分けることができる。 ところで おやくそくだが 「メニュー」でそうびしないと意味はないぞ。 I understand the second sentence as roughly "By the way, if you don't equip them in the menu, they don't do anything." I'm ...
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私はこの力を以て己れを鞭ち他を生きる事が出来るように思う

There's a sentence in the "to the little ones " story I can't understand, I searched a lot, and I don't get the writer's meaning. 私はこの力を以て己れを鞭ち他を生きる事が出来るように思う。(source: 『小さき者へ』)
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Using で instead of に when specifying a day

In this article, first sentence in the second paragraph: この事故{じこ}から、[10日]{とおか}で20年{ねん}になりました。 My interpretation is that On the 10th, it will have been 20 years since the incident. To specify the ...
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Meaning of「時」の意識 in this sentence

What does「時」の意識 mean in the following sentence? 「時間が止まってほしいと思う瞬間はどんなときですか」ーある時計の会社が、二十歳の男性と女性516人に、「時」の意識についてアンケート調査をしました。 ? I got the meaning as a whole but i don't get what 意識 means in the sentence (...
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Is くれてください tautological?

I was doing some reading on the different honorific forms in Japanese and came across ください being the humble form of くれる. Does this mean that -くれてください at the end of a request is tautological?
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Comprehension problem of 世に囁かれる星の数にも届くそれらは、一種の「願望」である。

世に囁かれる星の数にも届くそれらは、一種の「願望」である。 I have this sentence in Japanese that I'm not sure I completely understand. My own comprehension of the sentence is: "Those who reach the severals stars in the ...
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Where can I find the *actual* ideas/meanings behind common words (esp. verbs)? [closed]

For example, one definition for かける is "❶物をほかの物に取り付ける" (first thing「三省堂 スーパー大辞林」shows in the Yomichan browser plugin) . This definition is fine, but I might struggle to see the connection ...
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meaning of 本格的 in this context

Suna is paying his friend a visit and after they ate some cake he decided to leave.
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What is the function of 「や」 in this sentence?

古池や 蛙飛び込む 水の音 This is a haiku by Matsuo Bashō. Is the や particle doing what it normally does, listing items?
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Meaning of これはない

『……あのさぁ、あたしもキミたちの目的はわかってるつもりよ?でもさすがにこれはないんじゃないの?朱鷺夜を冒瀆しただけじゃ飽き足らず、今度はあたしの純心まで弄んでさぁ』 Hi. What does the bold これはない mean here? Like ひどい? Thank you.
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Help with understanding third sentence

In the below I am unsure of my understanding of the third sentence. 「実は、うちのチーム、エースのアタッカーとセッターがうまくいってないんだよねぇ」 To tell the truth, our team's ace attacker and setter aren't getting along well. 「...
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Meaning of もはや本気すぎて逆にカワイイって言えなくなるアレだ

I'm looking for some help understanding the second line in the below. The context is that Person 1 is showing pictures of girls to his friend, Person 2, who has just transferred to the school. Person ...
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Meaning of 盛り上げるんだよ気分を

I'm looking for help with the two phrases in bold below. From what I understand his friend wants him to bring his girl friend to the party but she doesn't want to go because she is shy. 「...
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Meaning of 苦労を掛けるね

I was watching the recently released episode of 無職転生 and one of the lines was translated in a way that was the opposite of what I thought it meant. 苦労を掛けるね (the protagonist's thoughts) was translated ...

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