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David Copperfield
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 45 uses
1  —40 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —5 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40-42
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allude
40 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7-9
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
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 25-27
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disparage
9 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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endeavor
50 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book50 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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engender
6 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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entreat
37 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book37 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 58-60
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impetuous
6 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 19-21
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 76 uses
1  —42 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book42 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
2  —12 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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3  —22 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
querulous
3 uses
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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remonstrate
18 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40-42
Web Links
reproach
31 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 38 uses
1  —26 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 46-48
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2  —10 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = solved or settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 25-27
Web Links
sagacious
8 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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