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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 20 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Wemmick explained to me ... that this was according to custom, and...
according to = in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book19 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
He further gave me leave to accompany the prisoner to London; but declined to accord that grace to my two friends.
accord = give special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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contrast
6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
But, it was only the pleasanter to turn to Biddy and to Joe, whose great forbearance shone more brightly than before, if that could be, contrasted with this brazen pretender.
contrasted = compared to show differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 44
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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...a countenance expressive of grief and despair...
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
I deferred asking him about Miss Havisham until next day.
deferred = postponed or delayed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 57
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I silently deferred to his experience.
deferred = submitted or yielded
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 22
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dismal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a dismal expression
At this dismal time we were evidently all possessed by the idea that we were followed.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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forbearance
6 uses
...and he seems to have felt pity for her, and forbearance towards her.
forbearance = patience or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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inclined
7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
There Joe ... informed me ... that I was to take a little nourishment at stated frequent times, whether I felt inclined for it or not, and that I was to submit myself to all his orders.
inclined = in the mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 18
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 27 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
I was obliged to admit that I did know it for a certainty,
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —7 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Biddy, who was the most obliging of girls, immediately said she would, and indeed began to carry out her promise within five minutes.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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3  —8 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I only wanted you to know that I am doing very well in my apprenticeship, and am always much obliged to you.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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patron
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
I have found out who my patron is.
patron = someone who supports an organization or person
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
render   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
I begged Wemmick, in conclusion, to understand that my help must always be rendered without Herbert's knowledge or suspicion,
rendered = to give or supply something
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 37
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
The injury to his chest (which rendered his breathing extremely painful)...
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 54
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3  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
When I was old enough, I was to be apprenticed to Joe, and until I could assume that dignity I was not to be what Mrs. Joe called "Pompeyed," or (as I render it) pampered.
render = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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resolve
25 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Never had I breathed, and never would I breathe—or so I resolved —a word of Estella to Provis.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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retort
32 uses
"And do you remember," retorted Mr. Jaggers, "that but for me you wouldn't be here and couldn't be here?"
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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wretched
26 uses
It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
yield
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
yield to pressure
"Mother by adoption," retorted Estella, never departing from the easy grace of her attitude, never raising her voice as the other did, never yielding either to anger or tenderness,—"mother by adoption, I have said that I owe everything to you."
yielding = giving in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 20
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