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Animal Farm
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adapt
1 use
After a little thought, the pigs sent for buckets and milked the cows fairly successfully, their trotters being well adapted to this task.
adapted = suited
DefinitionGenerally adapt means:
change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
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advocate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
When the animals had assembled in the big barn, Snowball stood up and, though occasionally interrupted by bleating from the sheep, set forth his reasons for advocating the building of the windmill.
advocating = recommending
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
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arable
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And in many ways the animal method of doing things was more efficient and saved labour. Such jobs as weeding, for instance, could be done with a thoroughness impossible to human beings. And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land, which saved a lot of labour on the upkeep of hedges and gates. Nevertheless, as the summer wore on, various unforeseen shortages began to make them selves felt.
arable = of farmland:  capable of being farmed productively
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attribute
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1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball.
attribute = credit (a source for something) (in this case, to blame)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else (give credit or blame)
  • to say that an idea or quotation came from a specified source
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capitulate
1 use
For five days the hens held out, then they capitulated and went back to their nesting boxes.
capitulated = gave up
DefinitionGenerally capitulate means:
to stop resisting — especially to surrender under formal terms
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compensate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he compensates with extra effort
They had had a hard year, and after the sale of part of the hay and corn, the stores of food for the winter were none too plentiful, but the windmill compensated for everything.
compensated = made up for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compensate means:
make up for; or adjust for
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contemptible
2 uses
They could not understand, they said, how even animals could bring themselves to sing such contemptible rubbish.
contemptible = very bad (deserving no respect)
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expound
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Several nights a week, after Mr. Jones was asleep, they held secret meetings in the barn and expounded the principles of Animalism to the others.
expounded = discussed in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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foal
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Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal.
foal = horse to which she'd given birth
DefinitionGenerally foal means:
a young horse; or giving birth to a young horse
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forgery
1 use
The banknotes were forgeries!
forgeries = fakes
DefinitionGenerally forgery means:
something that is represented as real even though it is a fake; or the making of such a fake item
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frugal
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The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally.
frugally = without waste or luxury
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste
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ignominious
2 uses
And so within five minutes of their invasion they were in ignominious retreat by the same way as they had come, with a flock of geese hissing after them and pecking at their calves all the way.
ignominious = disgraceful or shameful
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
It was noticed that whenever he seemed on the point of coming to an agreement with Frederick, Snowball was declared to be in hiding at Foxwood, while, when he inclined toward Pilkington, Snowball was said to be at Pinchfield.
inclined = had an attitude that favors
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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inscribe
4 uses
These Seven Commandments would now be inscribed on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
inscribed = formally written
DefinitionGenerally inscribe means:
to write in various formal or special senses including:
  • to write, carve, or etch words onto something's surface
  • to write a signed message — as in a book given as a gift
  • to mark with one's signature
  • to write down something when adding it to a list
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intractable
1 use
Bulls which had always been tractable suddenly turned savage,
tractable = easy to manage or control
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult in various senses:
  • of problems or disease:  difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals:  difficult to manage or control
  • of materials:  difficult to manipulate
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lament
2 uses
A cry of lamentation went up.
lamentation = passionate grief or sorrow
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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restive
1 use
They had all the more reason for doing so because the news of their defeat had spread across the countryside and made the animals on the neighbouring farms more restive than ever.
restive = impatient and difficult to control
DefinitionGenerally restive means:
uneasy, impatient, and difficult to control
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spontaneous
2 uses
Napoleon had commanded that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration, the object of which was to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of Animal Farm.
spontaneous = happening or arising without plan

(editor's note:  Orwell is being ironic here since it is contradictory to command that something happen and then describe it as spontaneous.)
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
happening or arising without plan (naturally)

or:

behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner (unplanned)

or:

happening without apparent external cause
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taciturn
1 use
Only old Benjamin was much the same as ever, except for being a little greyer about the muzzle, and, since Boxer's death, more morose and taciturn than ever.
taciturn = reserved and uncommunicative
DefinitionGenerally taciturn means:
tending not to speak much
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vivacious
1 use
Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.
vivacious = lively and engaging
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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