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accord   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 46 uses
1  —41 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Here is my Hotel-note to be paid, according to contract.
according to = as stated by (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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Book41 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.18
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2  —1 use as in:
reached an accord
Being all in perfect accord with their own wives?
accord = agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
an agreement
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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3  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
You are putting it on yourself, father, and getting into all this injury of your own accord!
own accord = own mind (voluntarily)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.31
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4  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
the man to whom importance is accorded is...
accorded = giving special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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acquaint
42 uses
No doubt you are well acquainted with the writing.
acquainted = familiar
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
Word Statistics
Book42 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 47 uses
1  —44 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
I myself always clearly foresaw the consequences, and am not surprised.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book44 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —3 uses as in:
of little consequence
That he has somehow or other, and how is of no consequence, attained a very good position, no one can deny.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.14
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entreat
42 uses
I have scarcely the right to tell it myself at present, because I have been entreated not to do so.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book42 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
She was now established in Mrs Merdle's own rooms, to which some extra touches had been given to render them more worthy of her occupation.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book10 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.13
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
He never said, I discovered this adaptation or invented that combination; but showed the whole thing as if the Divine artificer had made it, and he had happened to find it; so modest he was about it, such a pleasant touch of respect was mingled with his quiet admiration of it, and so calmly convinced he was that it was established on irrefragable laws.†
established = accepted as true
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.8
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Monsieur
79 uses
Monsieur Rigaud, after frowning at him for a moment, laughed.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to Mr. in English

or:

French equivalent to sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book79 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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pretense
32 uses
But, besides that I must have supported such pretence by a direct falsehood
pretence = appearance or action to help one pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
Mr. Flintwinch will be happy to render you any service, and I hope your stay in this city may prove agreeable.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.30
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
If your disapproval of it should render you unwilling to discharge such business as it necessitates, I am sorry for it, and must seek other aid.
render = make
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.26
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reproach
29 uses
"She has been forgotten," he said, in a tone of pity not free from reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book29 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.26
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repudiate
8 uses
No; I repudiate the title!
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 14 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I resolved that they should not know.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
The way in which you are resolved and determined to disgrace us on all occasions, is really infamous.
resolved = determined (with firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.11
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
If she had had any doubt which was her own Jeremiah, it would have been resolved by his impatience.
resolved = solved or settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.4
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sagacious
11 uses
He is a sagacious man in business, and has had a good apprenticeship to it.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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