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acquaint
27 uses
I got more acquainted with him last Monday than ever I did before.
acquainted = familiar (to know better)
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Book27 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 27 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
He had left the country in consequence.
consequence = a result of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book16 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 20
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2  —11 uses as in:
of little consequence
As to Captain Wentworth's views, she deemed it of more consequence that he should know his own mind early enough not to be endangering the happiness of either sister, or impeaching his own honour, than that he should prefer Henrietta to Louisa, or Louisa to Henrietta.
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
I should deserve utter contempt if I dared to suppose that true attachment and constancy were known only by woman.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
The two ladies continued to talk, to re-urge the same admitted truths, and enforce them with such examples of the ill effect of a contrary practice as had fallen within their observation, but Anne heard nothing distinctly; it was only a buzz of words in her ear, her mind was in confusion.
contrary = different (the opposite of what is recommended)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 23
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2  —1 use as in:
contrary to
A name that I am so very well acquainted with; knew the gentleman so well by sight; seen him a hundred times; came to consult me once, I remember, about a trespass of one of his neighbours; farmer's man breaking into his orchard; wall torn down; apples stolen; caught in the fact; and afterwards, contrary to my judgement, submitted to an amicable compromise.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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3  —7 uses as in:
on the contrary
"She sees nothing to blame in it," replied Anne; "on the contrary, she approves it, and has generally taken me when I have called on Mrs Smith."
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Captain Harville was a tall, dark man, with a sensible, benevolent countenance;
countenance = facial expression
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 11
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dispose   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the assets
There was only a small part of his estate that Sir Walter could dispose of;
dispose = sell
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
sell or transfer to another
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
The party was divided and disposed of on two contiguous benches:
disposed = positioned (or arranged; or placed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to arrange, position, or use things
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 20
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3  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
...seemed thoughtful and not disposed to talk,
disposed = inclined (in the mood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
They had no inclination to listen to her.
inclination = desire (attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 15
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indulgent
11 uses
after giving him a week's indulgence, Lady Russell determined him to be unworthy of the interest which he had been beginning to excite.
indulgence = extra kind treatment
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 21
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 37 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
"The lawyer plods, quite care-worn; the physician is up at all hours, and travelling in all weather; and even the clergyman—" she stopt a moment to consider what might do for the clergyman;—"and even the clergyman, you know is obliged to go into infected rooms, and expose his health and looks to all the injury of a poisonous atmosphere."
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book25 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —7 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Captain Harville, though not equalling Captain Wentworth in manners, was a perfect gentleman, unaffected, warm, and obliging.
obliging = helpful or willing to be helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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3  —5 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
Anne felt truly obliged to her for such kindness;
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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recollect
34 uses
Anne's recollections of the concert were quite happy enough to animate her features and make her rejoice to talk of it.
recollections = memories
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book34 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
which I never could quite reconcile with present times.
reconcile = bring into agreement (so it all fit together sensibly)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement

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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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solicitous
14 uses
nothing could exceed his solicitude and care
solicitude = great concern
DefinitionGenerally solicitous means:
showing great care or concern for someone
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Book14 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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zeal
6 uses
As it was, he did nothing with much zeal, but sport; and his time was otherwise trifled away, without benefit from books or anything else.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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