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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
—he knew nothing of what had passed; and the first hours of his visit were consequently spent in hearing and in wondering.
consequently = as a result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book19 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 35
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2  —5 uses as in:
of little consequence
I have something of consequence to inform you of, which I was on the point of communicating by paper.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...to defer her departure.
defer = postpone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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dispose   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
Marianne's pianoforte was unpacked and properly disposed of;
disposed = placed so it no longer required attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
dispose of the assets
...he had an undoubted right to dispose of his own property as he chose,
dispose = to give, sell, or transfer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
sell or transfer to another
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 33
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3  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
Lucy was disposed to be jealous of her...
disposed = inclined (having a state of mind that favors doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
"Colonel Brandon's character," said Elinor, "as an excellent man, is well established."†
established = set in reputation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book12 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
...and Edward's visit near Plymouth, his melancholy state of mind, his dissatisfaction at his own prospects, his uncertain behaviour towards herself, the intimate knowledge of the Miss Steeles as to Norland and their family connections, which had often surprised her, the picture, the letter, the ring, formed altogether such a body of evidence, as overcame every fear of condemning him unfairly, and established as a fact, which no partiality could set aside, his ill-treatment of herself.†
established = showed or proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 23
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inclined
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
Edward seemed to have as great an inclination to walk out of the room again, as to advance farther into it.
inclination = tendency (attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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inquiry
31 uses
She needed no time for deliberation or inquiry.
inquiry = questioning or investigating
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book31 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 51 uses
1  —45 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
My promise to Lucy, obliged me to be secret.
obliged = required (obligated her to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book45 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —3 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
You are very obliging.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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3  —3 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I shall always think myself very much obliged to you.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
...you perceive, as well as myself, not only in this, but in many other circumstances, reason enough to be convinced that....
perceive = to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 47
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
They had not remained in this manner long, before Elinor perceived Willoughby, standing within a few yards of them,
perceived = became aware of (in this case by seeing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 28
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recollect
35 uses
Recollecting, soon afterwards, that he was probably dividing Elinor from her sister, he put an end to his visit
recollecting = remembering
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book35 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
But the resolution was made only to be broken.
resolution = firm decision to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 46
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
...to act with resolution,
resolution = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 41
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —23 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
They were cheered by the joy of the servants on their arrival, and each for the sake of the others resolved to appear happy.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book23 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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2  —10 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Perhaps she pitied and esteemed him the more because he was slighted by Willoughby and Marianne, who, prejudiced against him for being neither lively nor young, seemed resolved to undervalue his merits.
resolved = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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