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accord
9 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
But everyone worked according to his capacity.
according to = in keeping with (depending upon)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book5 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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?  —4 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
Napoleon was well aware of the bad results that might follow if the real facts of the food situation were known, and he decided to make use of Mr. Whymper to spread a contrary impression.
contrary = different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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2  —3 uses as in:
contrary to
A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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3  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility.
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It demonstrates my point.
There was nothing with which they could compare their present lives: they had nothing to go upon except Squealer's lists of figures, which invariably demonstrated that everything was getting better and better.
demonstrated = showed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
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Book1 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 uses as in:
demonstrate to protest
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.
demonstration = public display of support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 9
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
walked directly to work
...worked out a complicated scheme for all the animals to drop their dung directly in the fields, at a different spot every day, to save the labour of cartage.
directly = without going anywhere else first
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
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Book1 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
directed the movie
The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others.
directed = gave orders or instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 8
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expulsion
10 uses
Jones was expelled, and the Manor Farm was theirs.
expelled = forced to leave
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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however
15 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
However, complications may...
The animals had assumed as a matter of course that these would be shared out equally; one day, however, the order went forth that all the windfalls were to be collected and brought to the harness-room for the use of the pigs.
however = by contrast (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
despite that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include in spite of that, nevertheless, nonetheless, and on the other hand.)
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Book15 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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nevertheless
7 uses
He was deceived, and continued to report to the outside world that there was no food shortage on Animal Farm. Nevertheless, towards the end of January it became obvious that it would be necessary to procure some more grain from somewhere.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
And Squealer, who happened to be passing at this moment, attended by two or three dogs, was able to put the whole matter in its proper perspective.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 6
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ration
15 uses
Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs.
rations = portions of food
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a United Nations resolution
A unanimous resolution was passed on the spot that the farmhouse should be preserved as a museum.
resolution = a formal statement of a decision voted on by a group
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a formal statement of decision or opinion voted on by a group
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray.
resolution = determination
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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trace   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
found a trace of
Yes, it was gone; almost the last trace of their labour was gone!
trace = indication (sign that it had existed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity or indication

The exact meaning of this sense of trace is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace." — any small indication that something was present
  • "She speaks English with just a trace of a southern accent." — a very small amount (especially an amount too small to be accurately measured)
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lies circulated by Snowball.
traceable = able to be followed (to a source)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of

This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something

    • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
    • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
    • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
    • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation

  • to research or report on the development of something

    • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
    • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on

  • to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something

    • She traces the progress of at-risk students — monitors information
    • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track

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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
Boxer could not get beyond the letter D. He would trace out A, B, C, D, in the dust with his great hoof, and then would stand staring at the letters with his ears back, sometimes shaking his forelock, trying with all his might to remember what came next and never succeeding.
trace = draw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • copying the outline of an image

    • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
    • She projected the image onto the wall, then hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil

  • draw an outline or a specific pattern

    • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
    • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw

Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
utter   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
utter a complaint
Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time.
utter = say
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
say something aloud
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
2  —7 uses as in:
utter a sound
Four young porkers in the front row uttered shrill squeals of disapproval, and all four of them sprang to their feet and began speaking at once.
uttered = made (a sound with the voice)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
make a sound with the voice
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
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