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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
read the abstract
Evidently it still appeared in the original Red Book, as it did in several of the copies and abstracts.
abstracts = summaries
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
a summary; or to summarize — especially academic writing
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePro.
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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 18 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Did not Gandalf tell you that the rings give power according to the measure of each possessor?
according to = depending 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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Book15 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useFrwd.
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
the gate seemed to open of its own accord
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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 1.11
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
The Took family was still, indeed, accorded a special respect, for it remained both numerous and exceedingly wealthy, and was liable to produce in every generation strong characters of peculiar habits and even adventurous temperament.
accorded = giving special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Maps conveyed nothing to Sam's mind, and all distances in these strange lands seemed so vast that he was quite out of his reckoning.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
On September 20th two covered carts went off laden to Buckland, conveying the furniture and goods that Frodo had not sold to his new home, by way of the Brandywine Bridge.†
conveying = transporting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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cunning
13 uses
If he was still following, he was very wary and cunning.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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dismay
15 uses
The others looked dismayed; only Aragorn, who knew Gandalf well, remained silent and unmoved.
dismayed = worried or discouraged
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
...dwelling still in the lands that we gave them long ago...
dwelling = living (or making their home in)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.2
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2  —9 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
...and I came at long last to the dwelling of Saruman.
dwelling = home (or place in which someone lives)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePro.
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
They had marched as far as the hobbits could endure without a rest,
endure = suffer through (or continue with something difficult)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
Most of their earlier settlements had long disappeared and been forgotten in Bilbo's time; but one of the first to become important still endured, though reduced in size;
endured = continued to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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frugal
2 uses
...they dared not make more than a frugal supper.
frugal = small (avoiding waste)
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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grave
10 uses
You were in gravest peril while you wore the Ring,
gravest = most serious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.1
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heed
20 uses
"heed the words!" said the other Elves.
heed = pay close attention
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book20 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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mortal
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
mortal body
"It is not easy for us to tell the difference between two mortals" said the Elf.
mortals = humans
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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ominous
11 uses
...the ruins of towers: they had an ominous look.
ominous = threatening or suggestive of evil or bad things
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book11 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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passage
2 uses
Then Bilbo would read passages from his book (which still seemed very incomplete). or scraps of his verses, or would take notes of Frodo's adventures.†
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useFrwd.
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supple
2 uses
His legs were stretched out before him, showing high boots of supple leather that fitted him well, but had seen much wear and were now caked with mud.
supple = moving and bending easily — sometimes used figuratively to indicate mental flexibility when adapting to different conditions
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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wither
13 uses
He opened his pouch and drew out some withered leaves.
withered = shriveled (wilted, dried up)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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