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The Great Gatsby
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assert   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
asserted her opinion that...
"I've done some nice things out on Long Island," asserted Mr. McKee.
asserted = said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
asserted her authority
Her body asserted itself with a restless movement of her knee, and she stood up.
asserted = was forceful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to be forceful in exercising rights
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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bond
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
the bond market
Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so I supposed it could support one more single man.
bond = (buying and selling) certificates for which a government or corporation pays a specific interest rate for a cash loan for a specific period of time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bond means:
a certificate issued by a government or corporation that promises to repay a debt  in return for a loan
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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bound   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
south-bound lanes
Again at eight o'clock, when the dark lanes of the Forties were five deep with throbbing taxi-cabs, bound for the theatre district, I felt a sinking in my heart.
bound = traveling (to a specific location)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
She's bound to succeed.
Jimmy was bound to get ahead.
bound = almost certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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3  —1 use as in:
bound together
We walked through a high hallway into a bright rosy-colored space, fragilely bound into the house by French windows at either end.
bound = connected or united
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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4  —1 use as in:
out of bounds; bounded on the east
The valley of ashes is bounded on one side by a small foul river, and, when the drawbridge is up to let barges through, the passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as half an hour.
bounded = limited (stops at)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
a boundary or limit
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
...since they spoiled him he became contemptuous of them,
contemptuous = disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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corroborate
2 uses
He looked at me anxiously, as if he hoped I'd corroborate this.
corroborate = support an opinion
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...all arrangements had been deferred until he came.
deferred = postponed or delayed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
Tom deferred that much to the sensibilities of...
deferred = submit or yield to another's opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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elude   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
he eluded the police
It eluded us then, but that's no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... and one fine morning —
eluded = remained out of reach
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach — as in:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home.
  • Success has eluded me so far.
  • She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
your point eludes me
— and suddenly I remembered the story about her that had eluded me that night at Daisy's.
eluded = escaped memory (couldn't be remembered)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understood)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone.
Amid the welcome confusion of cups and cakes a certain physical decency established itself.
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create or start
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
She was dressed to play golf, and I remember thinking she looked like a good illustration, her chin raised a little jauntily, her hair the color of an autumn leaf, her face the same brown tint as the fingerless glove on her knee.
illustration = drawing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 9
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imply
2 uses
After that I felt a certain shame for Gatsby — one gentleman to whom I telephoned implied that he had got what he deserved.
implied = said indirectly (said it without using such blunt words)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 2
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incessant
9 uses
I became aware now of a hollow, wailing sound which issued incessantly from the garage, a sound which as we got out of the coupe and walked toward the door resolved itself into the words "Oh, my God!" uttered over and over in a gasping moan.
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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incredulous
8 uses
With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter.
incredulous = disbelieving or surprised
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
scorn
6 uses
She turned to me, and her voice, dropping an octave lower, filled the room with thrilling scorn: "Do you know why we left Chicago?"
scorn = strong disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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sensuous
3 uses
She was in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can.
sensuously = in a sexy manner
DefinitionGenerally sensuous means:
relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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