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compel
25 uses
She wanted to run, breathless as she was, up-stairs to Mr. Linton's room; but I compelled her to sit down on a chair, and...
compelled = forced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Book25 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 21 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your presence is a moral poison that would contaminate the most virtuous: for that cause, and to prevent worse consequences, I shall deny you hereafter admission into this house, and give notice now that I require your instant departure.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book17 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —4 uses as in:
of little consequence
A man's life is of more consequence than one evening's neglect of the horses:
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast resembled what you see in exchanging a bleak, hilly, coal country for a beautiful fertile valley; and his voice and greeting were as opposite as his aspect.†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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2  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
But Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living.†
contrast = something notably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
He had reached the age of sixteen then, I think, and without having bad features, or being deficient in intellect, he contrived to convey an impression of inward and outward repulsiveness that his present aspect retains no traces of.†
convey = communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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2  —7 uses as in:
convey her safely to
Linton who had been conveyed up to the little parlour soon after I left, was terrified into fetching the key before his father re-ascended.†
conveyed = transported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
I couldn't bear to witness her sorrow:  to see her pale, dejected countenance, and heavy eyes:
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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credulous
1 use
What use were anger and protestations against her silly credulity?
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 22
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...he did not like to defer the pleasure...
defer = postpone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 40 uses
1  —26 uses as in:
depart directly
I wanted to discover where he had been, but I did not like to ask directly.†
directly = immediately (in a straightforward manner)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book26 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
He advanced direct to us, seized Linton by the arm, and swung him off the seat.†
direct = straight (in a straight line)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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3  —6 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sound of our informant's voice directed him to the library; he entered and motioning him out, shut the door.†
directed = guided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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4  —5 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
And he'll soon do as I direct him, with some slight coaxing.†
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...and involving her in a new tumult of discord and distress.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
...I was inclined to believe ... that conscience had turned his heart to an earthly hell.
inclined = had a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 33
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refute
2 uses
"I didn't touch you, you lying creature!" cried she, her fingers tingling to repeat the act, and...
"What's that, then?" I retorted, showing a decided purple witness to refute her.
refute = prove or argue that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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resolve
21 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I thought her conduct odd; and having remained alone a long while, I resolved on going and inquiring whether she were better, and asking her to come and lie on the sofa, instead of up-stairs in the dark.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
...a wealthy soil, that might yield luxuriant crops under other and favourable circumstances.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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2  —13 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Even you, Nelly, if we have a dispute sometimes, you back Isabella at once; and I yield like a foolish mother: I call her a darling, and flatter her into a good temper.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book13 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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