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All Quiet on the Western Front
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accustomed
7 uses
I wait a few moments to accustom my eyes to the darkness.
accustom = allow something to get used to
DefinitionGenerally accustomed means:
psychologically or physically used to something
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Book7 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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adapt
4 uses
Had we gone into the trenches without this period of training most of us would certainly have gone mad. Only thus were we prepared for what awaited us. We did not break down, but adapted ourselves;
adapted = changed to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally adapt means:
change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 2
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agitate
5 uses
Only the young recruits are agitated.
agitated = nervous
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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bound   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 15 uses
1  —1 use as in:
south-bound lanes
A rumour is going round that there may be peace, but the other story is more likely—that we are bound for Russia.
bound = to travel to a specific location
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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2  —7 uses as in:
bound together
This dead man is bound up with my life,
bound = connected or tied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
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3  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
Meanwhile we bind him, but in such a way that in case of attack he can be released at once.
bind = tie up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
tied up, prevented, or required
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
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4  —6 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
I am almost in, there is a rising screech, I bound, I run like a deer...
bound = leap
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
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Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4
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demented
2 uses
He is absolutely mad for he has to pass through the barrage; but this lightning that lowers somewhere above us all has struck him and made him demented.
demented = crazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
walked directly to work
If for one hour in a year something eatable were to be had in some one place only, within that hour, as if moved by a vision, he would put on his cap, go out and walk directly there, as though following a compass, and find it.
directly = straight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
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Book1 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
On my return nothing more was to be seen of the first one, it had been blown to pieces by a direct hit.
direct = exact (without anything in between)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 6
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3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
"If only I knew how much the operation costs," says he.
"Have you not asked?"
"Not directly, I cannot do that—the surgeon might take it amiss and that would not do; he must operate on mother."
directly = in a straightforward manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (clear and explicit — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 8
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grievous
3 uses
But so long as we have to stay here in the field, the front-line days, when they are past, sink down in us like a stone; they are too grievous for us to be able to reflect on them at once.
grievous = seriously bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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nevertheless
4 uses
He did indeed always refer to us as swine, but there was, nevertheless, a certain respect in his tone.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(editor's note:  Swine is a synonym for pigs.)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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onslaught
2 uses
Through the entrance rushes in a swarm of fleeing rats that try to storm the walls. Torches light up the confusion. Everyone yells and curses and slaughters. The madness and despair of many hours unloads itself in this outburst. Faces are distorted, arms strike out, the beasts scream; we just stop in time to avoid attacking one another. The onslaught has exhausted us.
onslaught = powerful attack
DefinitionGenerally onslaught means:
a powerful attack

or:

a sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled — such as trouble, people or communications
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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peasant
10 uses
Our peasants are hard and cunning when they bargain.
peasants = uneducated local farmers
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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persist
6 uses
By evening the voice dwindles to a croaking. But it persists still through the whole night.
persists = continues
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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ration
12 uses
...there is a double ration of sausage and bread.
ration = a fixed portion of food given as a share
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book12 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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solidarity
1 use
It is a great brotherhood, which adds something of the good-fellowship of the folk-song, of the feeling of solidarity of convicts, and of the desperate loyalty to one another of men condemned to death, to a condition of life arising out of the midst of danger...
solidarity = shared sympathies
DefinitionGenerally solidarity means:
a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 11
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stupefy
2 uses
The sun strikes low, I am stupefied with exhaustion and hunger.
stupefied = made unable to think
DefinitionGenerally stupefy means:
make one unable to think
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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yield
4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
We have yielded no more than a few hundred yards of it as a prize to the enemy.
yielded = given up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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