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The Fellowship of the Ring
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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 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
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Book15 uses
Library42 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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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assuage
1 use
...their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged.
assuaged = soothed (relieved)
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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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
Library9 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
Library10 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 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 uses
Library17 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 uses
Library13 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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glimmer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
glimmering lights
In his left hand he held up his glimmering staff, the light of which just showed the ground before his feet;
glimmering = shining (with a dim or wavering light)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of glimmer means:
a dim, wavering, or reflected light
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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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

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book10 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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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wield
15 uses
I will not take the Ring to wield it.
wield = use its power
DefinitionGenerally wield means:
to have or use — such as
  • to wield an ax — to hold or use an ax (especially to handle it well)
  • to wield power or influence — to have or exercise power or influence
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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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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wrought
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
Then she lifted from her lap a great stone of a clear green, set in a silver brooch that was wrought in the likeness of an eagle with outspread wings;
wrought = worked
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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