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acquire
2 uses
...his cautious habit, acquired from his travelling, of...
acquired = picked up
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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albeit
1 use
Perhaps only because her mother was there, she remained calm, bent her face to her so that she would not look round and said, albeit hurriedly and with a tremor in her voice: "Come on, let's go back in the living room for a while?"
albeit = although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces the effect of what preceded it)
DefinitionGenerally albeit means:
although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces or modifies the effect of what preceded it)
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anxiety
1 use
there was nothing for him to do but wait; and, oppressed with anxiety and self-reproach, he began to crawl about,
anxiety = worry

(editor's notes:  In this context, oppressed is a synonym for burdened or troubled, and reproach is a synonym for criticism.)
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
...he did listen to much of what was said in the next rooms, and whenever he heard anyone speaking he would scurry straight to the appropriate door and...
appropriate = applicable or relevant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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arduous
1 use
being a commercial traveller is arduous but without travelling I couldn't earn my living.
arduous = difficult
DefinitionGenerally arduous means:
difficult  — especially requiring great effort over an extended period of time
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assail
1 use
Gregor kept trying to assure himself that nothing unusual was happening, it was just a few pieces of furniture being moved after all, but he soon had to admit that the women going to and fro, their little calls to each other, the scraping of the furniture on the floor, all these things made him feel as if he were being assailed from all sides.
assailed = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She thought he was laying there so still on purpose, playing the martyr; she attributed all possible understanding to him.
attributed = credited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else (give credit or blame)
  • to say that an idea or quotation came from a specified source
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comprehend
2 uses
But now that I see your incomprehensible stubbornness I no longer feel any wish whatsoever to intercede on your behalf.
incomprehensible = not understandable

(editor's note: The prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect and inexpensive.)
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
Maybe you haven't read the latest contracts I sent in.
contracts = legal agreements
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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contrast
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
"That was the voice of an animal", said the chief clerk, with a calmness that was in contrast with his mother's screams.
in contrast = a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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deranged
1 use
His mother, who still had not had time to catch her breath, began to cough dully, her hand held out in front of her and a deranged expression in her eyes.
deranged = mentally imbalanced
DefinitionGenerally deranged means:
mentally imbalanced — often temporarily due to anger
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dissuade
2 uses
So she refused to let her mother dissuade her.
dissuade = stop
DefinitionGenerally dissuade means:
persuade someone not to do something
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dominate
1 use
Grete would probably be the only one who would dare enter a room dominated by Gregor crawling about the bare walls by himself.
dominated = overpowered (in the impression given)
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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impede
1 use
instead of running after the chief clerk himself, or at least not impeding Gregor as he ran after him, Gregor's father...
impeding = interfering with
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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moreover
2 uses
He would have used his arms and his hands to push himself up; but instead of them he only had all those little legs continuously moving in different directions, and which he was moreover unable to control.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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nonetheless
4 uses
He did not turn it all the way round as he felt his neck becoming stiff, but it was nonetheless enough to see that nothing behind him had changed, only his sister had stood up.
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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protrude
3 uses
she probably even had to overcome the urge to flee when she saw the little bit of him that protruded from under the couch.
protruded = stuck out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
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reproach
3 uses
Then, however much mother and sister would importune him with little reproaches and warnings he would keep slowly shaking his head for a quarter of an hour with his eyes closed and refusing to get up.
reproaches = criticisms

(editor's note:  In this context, Importune means "to urge someone to do something.")
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
His father, though, was not in the mood to notice subtleties like that;
subtleties = things that are hard to notice
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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sufficient
2 uses
...wishing to establish whether it was sufficiently cooked or whether it should be sent back to the kitchen.
sufficiently = adequately
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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