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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
I have refused to marry him — And have consequently displeased him?
consequently = as a result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book20 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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2  —6 uses as in:
of little consequence
I ought to have replied that it was not easy to give an impromptu answer to a question about appearances; that tastes mostly differ; and that beauty is of little consequence, or something of that sort.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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contrast   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 16 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
"You live just below — do you mean at that house with the battlements?" pointing to Thornfield Hall, on which the moon cast a hoary gleam, bringing it out distinct and pale from the woods that, by contrast with the western sky, now seemed one mass of shadow.
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 30
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2  —13 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The picture you have just drawn is suggestive of a rather too overwhelming contrast.†
contrast = 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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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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3  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
My fixed desire was to seek and find a good and intelligent woman, whom I could love: a contrast to the fury I left at Thornfield —†
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 27
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
It is enough, sir: as much good-will may be conveyed in one hearty word as in many.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 28
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2  —8 uses as in:
convey her safely to
Have you any sort of conveyance?†
conveyance = means of transport
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
corresponding time period
"Because," he said, "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you — especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame."
corresponding = matching (similar)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
He has maintained a regular, though not frequent, correspondence ever since: he hopes I am happy, and trusts I am not of those who live without God in the world, and only mind earthly things.
correspondence = communication by writing letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 45 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
depart directly
"Write to Diana and Mary to-morrow," I said, "and tell them to come home directly."†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book13 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
"How is Mrs. Reed?" I asked soon, looking calmly at Georgiana, who thought fit to bridle at the direct address, as if it were an unexpected liberty.†
direct = asked specifically of that person
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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Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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3  —6 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I asked, knowing, of course, what the answer would be, but yet desirous of deferring the direct question as to where he really was.†
direct = straightforward (specific and to the point)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 29
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4  —14 uses as in:
directed her question to
God directed me to a correct choice: I thank His providence for the guidance!†
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
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Book14 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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5  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
After breakfast, Adele and I withdrew to the library, which room, it appears, Mr. Rochester had directed should be used as the schoolroom.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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6  —5 uses as in:
directed the movie
While Mr. Rochester and the other gentlemen directed these alterations, the ladies were running up and down stairs ringing for their maids.†
directed = supervised
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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impetuous
5 uses
When I did speak, it was only to express an impetuous wish that I had never been born, or never come to Thornfield.
impetuous = impulsive (made without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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philanthropy
7 uses
...he yet did not appear to enjoy that mental serenity, that inward content, which should be the reward of every sincere Christian and practical philanthropist.
philanthropist = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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transitory
5 uses
I did not then know that it was no transitory blossom, but rather the radiant resemblance of one, cut in an indestructible gem.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
One gleam of light lifted into relief a half-submerged mast, on which sat a cormorant, dark and large, with wings flecked with foam; its beak held a gold bracelet set with gems, that I had touched with as brilliant tints as my palette could yield, and as glittering distinctness as my pencil could impart.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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2  —20 uses as in:
yield to pressure
In listening, I sobbed convulsively; for I could repress what I endured no longer; I was obliged to yield, and I was shaken from head to foot with acute distress.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book20 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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