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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 ろくなもんじゃない referring to?

In the below passage I am a bit unsure of what the character is saying when he says ろくなもんじゃない. Before this passage the character has woken up from a nightmare and reflected on the events that have ...
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How did this girl interpret this sentence?

Unsure of how Girl 2 (bold line) interpreted what was said by Girl 1. The reader learns shortly after that 鈴木 and 高橋 were both part of the same group, and in similar positions(いじられキャラ). Looking at the ...
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What is the meaning of ように in the following sentence?

I came across this sentence in a text regarding the Japanese and religion (please see the end of the post for the full paragraph if more context is needed): そして、神道が人々の生活の中で生き続けてきたように、仏教やキリスト教の行事なども、...
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What is 見ちゃおれん here?

In the follow manga panel: I'm not sure about 「見ちゃおれん」. Is this 見ては居れない = 見てちゃだめだ "(You) should watch"? My other guess is おれ=俺. Context: The man is scolding the girl (he hired to be the ...
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What's the difference between 倹約 and 節約?

I have been reviewing 倹約 when the word 節約 came to my mind. They share a common kanji, they both mean "to save, to economize" (of course, after putting する). How do these words differ? I ...
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What's the difference between ともかく and とにかく?

I have a feeling that they are etymologically related based on their kanjis 兎も角 and 兎に角 (although they're just 当て字 so there's not much to extract from those kanjis, I guess), but I can't fully ...
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「思い込み」can mean something like “misconception”?

"ちゃんと話した結果…お互いに、思い込みだとわかったっつうか…" The English translation was "We talked it over, and we realised we were both just confused." But I cannot understand "思い込み" here. The ...
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What does “ano tonari desu” mean?

I came across such an answer to a "Where is something?" question: Asoko ni takai biru ga arimasune. Ano tonari desu. What does "Ano tonari desu" mean here? Is this a shorthand ...
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「やっぱいや」とどういう意味はなんですか [closed]

Is the meaning of this word something like "Whatever..."? If so, can you please give me an example of how I would use it? :-) Cheers!
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How is “あるちゃあるけど” used?

As far as I understand "あるちゃあるけど" is close in meaning to "ないとは言い切れない" and "しいていえばある" but I could not find how it is used, nor understand the exact meaning.
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What does 燃費がいい mean here?

I was reading a manga where A, a shinobi, is in a barbecue but is not eating anything. B finds it strange and asks what's up. Then, the talk follows: A: さっき、兵糧丸食った B: ひょうろうがん・・・ A: 忍のは燃費がいい B: どれ I ...
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What does もらおうかな mean? [closed]

Can someone help me understand the meaning of どれどれ、見せてもらおうかな? Specifically with the word もらおうかな if it is a verb, a contraction and show me some examples. Thank you very much in advance.
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What is this ううん meaning

In general I understand that , in general, ううん has a negative connotation. e.g. used when denying / disagreeing with what someone has said. In general it would be very strong and unusual to solely use ...
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What's the difference between 気がする vs 思いをする?

During my flashcard reviews, I once again encountered 思いをする filed under N1 grammar. I find it difficult to believe that such a self-explanatory grammar point would be classified as N1 or maybe I was ...
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What's the difference between 近々 and 間もなく?

I checked the Weblio sentences for 近々 and I saw this: We are to start shortly. 近々に出発の予定です. This reminded me of 間もなくwhich I often hear in trains. What is the difference between the two? I checked ...
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What's the difference between 見本 and 標本?

They both mean "specimen", right? Am I right in assuming that 見本 is for goods, products on sale but 標本 is for zoological samples, etc.? I checked the sample sentences on Weblio just to check ...
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meaning of “おくる” in this sentence [duplicate]

I just listened to 高気圧ガール by Tatsuro Yamashita and I came across 連れておくれ for the first time. So I was just wondering what role the おくれ part plays here. First verse for context: なめらかな白い 砂は 溜息の 照り返し ...
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What's the difference between 発信 and 配信

When I encountered the sample sentence for 発信, I read this: インターネットを使えば、誰でも世界に情報を発信することができる。 This reminded me of 配信 which I usually see online (especially on YouTube). How are these two words ...
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Is 基督{キリスト} really an 当{あ}て字{じ}?

I am learning the word for Christ, キリスト. According to the dictionary I make use of, it can be written in kanji as 基督, but the entry indicates that it is an ateji 当て字 spelling. I did some extra ...
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How was こき使う formed?

I was reading a manga called Rengoku ni Warau and Kaishin said: ったく、人をこき使いやがって あのジジィほっつき歩いてやがる Jisho says that こき使い means pushing someone around or to work someone hard but it doesn't seem to fit ...
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Role of な in といってな

In a sentence from the 犬夜叉 comic book, an old lady from ancient times is speaking about her family. The context is that the speaker mentioned her sister 桔梗 in the previous panel, but the listener didn’...
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Meaning of はじめからわかってるだろ

Looking for some helping understanding the end of the below (more in context, rather than literally what is said). I can see how it was translated but I am unsure what is correct. To provide some ...
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What is オーション and why is it called that?

A recipe for home-made ramen calls for オーション. I am having a hard time figuring out what that is exactly, having checked dictionaries and Google Translate to no avail. I did find several online ...
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What is the semantic contribution of 献 to 文献?

Whenever I see 献, I am reminded of 貢献、献金、献立, which implies a meaning of "offering." I checked 文献 and it was defined as "literature, documents." It seems to me that among the 熟語 with 献, this is the odd ...
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What is the meaning of 出来が違い?

どうせ兄貴とは出来が違いまさぁ I tried to look it up but to no avail ! but i guess it means that the speaker think he is different than his brother ,right?
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What's the difference between 折衷 and 妥協?

They both refer to a concept of "compromise" According to this, it 妥協 has some negative meaning in the sense that one is left with no choice but to compromise, but 折衷 is more like taking the ...
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What difference in meaning does 本/実 give in words like 本物 and 実物?

They both mean "real/actual thing" (as opposed to some imitation), right? Breaking apart these kanji compounds, it is apparent that 本 and 実 give the meaning of "real." How are these two "reals" ...
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Meaning of 「振り回される」 and 「身になる」in this sentence

I usually do not like to ask a simple meaning question, but I have serious doubts if I get this sentence at all. (It is uttered pretty much without any context) 「個性的な友達がふえたのは嬉しいけど、振り回される方の身にもなってほしい。」...
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Difference between 定める and 決める

Is there any difference in meaning between 定める and 決める? Or are they perhaps just used in different situations? In the dictionary they both have the meaning "to decide" or "to determine". 車の買うことに定めた。 ...
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気を使う meaning and example sentences

On my online dictionary it says 気を使う also means to take into consideration. Does this mean be considerate ? Iv Heard it used in a way that it would mean that but just wanted to confirm? Thanks!
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What does 戯んでいた mean?

I'm a little confused, I was reading a book an this turned up; at first I thought it would be a verb ending in ぶ or む, but it turns out it's not really a verb, I guess it's a noun. I found out that ...
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Why is there a し in 嫉妬し蹴落とそうとする?

Hi I found a sentence earlier with 嫉妬し蹴落とそうとする and I do not know why し is put there. Anyway, I thought it was the reasoning marker but it does not sound like it from the audio and I don't know what ...
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What does います mean if used as an answer to a question?

I saw an instagram story where this guy is answering a bunch of questions and someone asked, "彼女はいる?" (do you have a girlfriend?) And he answered, "います//" and I don't know what that means.
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What is the semantic contribution of 配 in 配慮? Or in general, what is 配 really?

I encountered 配慮 in my word list. Understanding how 慮 contributes to its meaning (which is "consideration") is not very difficult to grasp considering that 遠慮 occurs commonly in daily life. But when I ...
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What is the difference between higashi (ひがし) and touyou (とうよう)?

It says that higashi is translated as "East" , and touyou is translated as "the East". But since I can only find books with Japanese - English and I'm not native English speaker, I still don't ...
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Difference between 伯母 and 叔母 and how to translate them into English

I saw an ask on this but it was too confusing for me to understand ^^;; While I did do some research on the terms, I want to ask, is there no parental relations attached to them at all? Like maybe 伯母 ...
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Concept of Negative Form of Auxiliary Verbs

I was studying different auxiliaries and I am having a hard time understanding those auxiliaries which have their meanings attached with them. Following the those auxiliaries and questions: てみる - ...
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What's the difference between 声明 and 宣言?

I was going through my word list again, when I saw 声明 which was translated to "declaration, proclamation." This reminded me of a more commonly appearing word, 宣言, thanks to articles related to 緊急事態. I ...
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Meaning of “作ってくれた人達” in this sentence

I'm currently going through the Tobira book and at chapter 4 (読み物 section) there is this sentence: (The context is an interview to a Japanese baseball player currently playing in USA) ......
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Why is 自分たち used here?

I was wondering why 自分たち is used instead of, let's say トールたち or another personal pronoun to refer to Tohru and Co. for context: Tohru and Co just finished performing a stage play. They managed it ...
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What's the difference between 特定する and 指摘する

I was browsing through a vocabulary list when I noticed that both words can mean "to pinpoint" as in 彼らは今日の火事の原因を特定しようとしている。 Are they interchangeable in this context? Are there cases when one is ...
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Meaning of でも in this special context from しまこうさく まなが

日商工は3団体でも一番歴史が古く1922年に発足した。 (As backdrop, the 経済連、経済交友会 and 日商工 are the three largest business lobbying organizations in Japan according to the Manga. And 日商工 is the oldest.) My question: what does ...
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What's the difference between 滞在する and とどまる

They can mean "stay" as in "I stayed in Tokyo the entire month." I would like to know the following: Which is more common in spoken Japanese? In written Japanese? Is there a slight difference in ...
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What does それぐれ mean? [duplicate]

I frequently see this construction in manga books, but can't understand the meaning. What does it mean? Is it colloqualism?
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Difference between 聞こえる and 聞かれる / 見える and 見られる

I came across this problem when I was studying, and I couldn't really understand the difference between using the passive form of 聞く or 見る and using the verbs 聞こえる and 見える, considering that, in my ...
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The difference between 解説 and 説明 (and 解釈)

How does one distinguish the three words? I checked several sites. First, I checked Weblio which told me that there's really a relationship among the three. Next, I checked HiNative links here and ...
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What is the difference in koi o shita, ochita, shimashita?

I was looking for (I fell in love with you), but did find more than one option. Could you help? あなたに恋をした Anata ni koi o shita 私はあなたと恋におちた Watashi wa anata to koi ni ochita 私はあなたに恋を しました Watashi wa ...
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What is など in this sentence?

痛みを伴わない教訓には意味が無い・・・ 人は何かの犠牲なしに何も得る事などできないのだから I usually see など used like "etc. / things like / and others", I was wondering if it's the same word here, though it sounds kind of odd if I put ...
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これで決定 vs これに決めた

Having figured out what to do, the protagonist says「これで決定」. Later, having picked one option out of several, she says 「これに決めた」. What's the difference in the meaning between these, and why are the ...
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美味しさに国境はない correct meaning

I’m my text book I have a statement that I couldn’t quite get my head around. 美味しさに国境はない 。 I punched it into translate and it came up “there is no border in taste.” But for this to mean that it would ...

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