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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
...on account of most people being judged according to the company they keep.
according to = based upon (in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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Book17 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
by his coming back of his own accord, and showing himself innocent
own accord = own mind (voluntarily without anyone forcing him to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
He could not make up his mind how to do that, or what the consequences of the step might be.
consequences = results (things that will happen because)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book15 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.16
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Then why doesn't she choose, when I tell her of what consequence it is?
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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credulous
1 use
Master Kidderminster, grown too maturely turfy to be received by the wildest credulity as Cupid any more, had yielded to the invincible force of circumstances (and his beard), and...
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.7
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
But, her repetition of these words seemed to strike with some little discord on his ear.
discord = unpleasant sound (used metaphorically)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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distend
1 use
For, there was Bitzer, out of breath, his thin lips parted, his thin nostrils distended, his white eyelashes quivering, his colourless face more colourless than ever, as if he ran himself into a white heat, when other people ran themselves into a glow.
distended = extended or swollen
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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entreat
12 uses
Let me entreat you, for your own sake and for hers, to be more quiet.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
He had established a confidence with her, from which her husband was excluded.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.8
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The calculations of various life assurance and annuity offices, among other figures which cannot go wrong, have established the fact.†
established = determined or proven
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
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.15
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
Mrs. Sparsit was in good spirits, and inclined to be conversational.
inclined = in the mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.5
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2  —2 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
Mr. Harthouse inclined his head in assent,
inclined = bent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.9
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melancholy
13 uses
he had sometimes seen a shade of melancholy on her blessed face, that smote him with remorse and despair.
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 21 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Her voice so sunk into a low and slow communing with herself, that Sissy, sitting by her side, was obliged to listen with attention.
obliged = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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2  —4 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She was polite, obliging, cheerful, hopeful;
obliging = helpful or willing to be helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.16
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3  —8 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Much obliged to you for reminding me.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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remonstrate
9 uses
her brother sulkily remonstrated.
remonstrated = argued in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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retort
15 uses
He was very quick upon her with this retort.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book15 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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sagacious
3 uses
"Very sagacious indeed, sir," said Mrs. Sparsit.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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venerate
1 use
She fell upon her knees, and clinging to this stroller's child looked up at her almost with veneration.
veneration = feelings of deep respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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