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Jane Eyre
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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 22 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
I wished to see whether her appearance accorded with Mrs. Fairfax's description;
accorded = was in agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book17 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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2  —4 uses as in:
done of her own accord
Shake me off, then, sir, — push me away, for I'll not leave you of my own accord.
own accord = voluntarily
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
...every privilege, every attention shall be yours that I would accord a peer's daughter, if about to marry her.
accord = give as special treatment to
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 24
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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 (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book20 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 11
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 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 = similar (equivalent)
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
SATtop 100
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 = exchanging of written letters in the mail
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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3  —1 use as in:
foreign correspondent of the paper
Mr. Eyre has been the Funchal correspondent of his house for some years.
correspondent = reporter — especially one in a foreign country

(editor's note:  Funchal is a city in Portugal.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondent means:
a reporter — typically from a foreign country or with a particular expertise
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...all their countenances expressed displeasure,
countenances = facial expressions
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 5
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
I cannot possibly countenance any such inconsistent proceeding,
countenance = accept or permit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
He deferred his departure a whole week,
deferred = postponed (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 35
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entreat
19 uses
You — poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are — I entreat to accept me as a husband.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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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 uses 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 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 31 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
...before I definitively resolve on quitting England, I will know for certain whether I cannot be of greater use by remaining in it than by leaving it.
resolve = decide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 8
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2  —11 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
My task was a very hard one; but, as I was absolutely resolved — as my cousins saw at length that my mind was really and immutably fixed on making a just division of the property ... they yielded at length so far as to consent to put the affair to arbitration.
resolved = determined (having firm purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
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tranquil
24 uses
I am not very tranquil in my mind.
tranquil = calm and undisturbed
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Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —2 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 something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 23
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2  —14 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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Book14 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 20
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