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as in: establish a positive tone. Define
create or start
  • Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
  • Which word choice would help to establish a serious tone.

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  • Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest college in the United States.
  • The thought occurred to Hester, that the child might really be seeking to approach her with childlike confidence, and doing what she could, and as intelligently as she knew how, to establish a meeting-point of sympathy.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But that society has now been established.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Stoneman and Black drew forth their rulebooks, which also contained brief histories of the Firemen of America, and laid them out where Montag, though long familiar with them, might read: "Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies."
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Amid the welcome confusion of cups and cakes a certain physical decency established itself.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He returned to Saint Stephens only once, to find a wife, and with her established a line that ran high to daughters.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Indeed they say the senators to-morrow
    Mean to establish Caesar as a king;
    And he shall wear his crown by sea and land,
    In every place save here in Italy.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Almost none of them knew how to establish a direct line to the target, and when they reached the far wall few of the new ones had any idea how to catch on or even control their rebounds.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • The slaveholders have been known to send in spies among their slaves, to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition. The frequency of this has had the effect to establish among the slaves the maxim, that a still tongue makes a wise head.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • As soon as the birth agony was over, and the wounds of society had been healed, there would be established a simple system whereby each man was credited with his labor and debited with his purchases; and...
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I can’t move too quickly.... But I establish the slow hunter’s tread I use when tracking game.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Salem had been established hardly forty years before.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Our school is one of the finest ever established.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The Nut was established directly after the Dark Days, when the Capitol had lost 13 and was desperate for a new underground stronghold.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A simple routine, true, established in a short few days, and yet …. ?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Ender watched from the fringes of the group as Bernard established the hierarchy.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • So Simon, having forgotten his teacher’s dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I have not established touch with the others.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • It proved not difficult to re-establish the intimacy of the two companions, on the same footing and in the same degree as heretofore.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They are professedly a custom established by the benevolence of the slaveholders; but I undertake to say, it is the result of selfishness, and one of the grossest frauds committed upon the down-trodden slave.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Business was excellent when Governor William Wyatt Bibb, with a view to promoting the newly created county’s domestic tranquility, dispatched a team of surveyors to locate its exact center and there establish its seat of government.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • From the loftiest point of its roof, during precisely three and a half hours of each forenoon, floats or droops, in breeze or calm, the banner of the republic; but with the thirteen stripes turned vertically, instead of horizontally, and thus indicating that a civil, and not a military, post of Uncle Sam’s government is here established.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • In addition, four pigeons were sent to Foxwood with a conciliatory message, which it was hoped might re-establish good relations with Pilkington.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The front-line has been penetrated, and everywhere small groups have established themselves, the fight is carried on from clusters of shell-holes.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He and Peeta already have the rapport they established that night of the first interview, that easy banter, so I just smile a lot and try to speak as little as possible.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • It would not do, Ostrinski explained, for the proletariat of one nation to achieve the victory, for that nation would be crushed by the military power of the others; and so the Socialist movement was a world movement, an organization of all mankind to establish liberty and fraternity.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It denoted the advance of the procession of magistrates and citizens on its way towards the meeting-house: where, in compliance with a custom thus early established, and ever since observed, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale was to deliver an Election Sermon.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Its ranks were filled with gentlemen who felt the stirrings of martial impulse, and sought to establish a kind of College of Arms, where, as in an association of Knights Templars, they might learn the science, and, so far as peaceful exercise would teach them, the practices of war.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • She assured them, too, of her firm belief that, at some brighter period, when the world should have grown ripe for it, in Heaven’s own time, a new truth would be revealed, in order to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • For this reason I would seriously maintain that all the medical and surgical discoveries that science can make in the future will be of less importance than the application of the knowledge we already possess, when the disinherited of the earth have established their right to a human existence.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The old clergyman, nurtured at the rich bosom of the English Church, had a long established and legitimate taste for all good and comfortable things, and however stern he might show himself in the pulpit, or in his public reproof of such transgressions as that of Hester Prynne, still, the genial benevolence of his private life had won him warmer affection than was accorded to any of his professional contemporaries.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ...then there would be a magazine for the purpose of interpreting and popularizing the gospel of Friedrich Nietzsche, the prophet of Evolution, and also of Horace Fletcher, the inventor of the noble science of clean eating; and incidentally, perhaps, for the discouraging of long skirts, and the scientific breeding of men and women, and the establishing of divorce by mutual consent.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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as in: establish that there is a need Define
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
  • The sixth paragraph (lines 67-68) is primarily concerned with establishing the contrast between men and masculine traits.

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  • Since we previously established that she was at work on Monday morning, we can eliminate her as a suspect.
  • Can you establish her location on Monday morning?
  • Without disputing a truth so momentous, we must be allowed to consider this version of Mr. Dimmesdale’s story as only an instance of that stubborn fidelity with which a man’s friends—and especially a clergyman’s—will sometimes uphold his character, when proofs, clear as the mid-day sunshine on the scarlet letter, establish him a false and sin-stained creature of the dust.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It is established, I think, that there is a possibility of such a thing as I have outlined occurring.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • DANFORTH—(his first real outburst, in which his contempt for Parris is clear): Mr. Parris, I bid you be silent! (He stands in silence, looking out the window. Now, having established that he will set the gait.) Mr. Cheever, will you go into the court and bring the children here?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  •   Unfortunately, she gave herself away. In the eyes. They were agitated. She knew the exact moment when Viktor Chemmel established that the book was a prize possession.
      "I’ll tell you what," he said. "For fifty marks, you can have it back."
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • You have two hours to get footage showing the damage from the bombing, establish that Thirteen’s military unit remains not only functional but dominant, and, most important, that the Mockingjay is still alive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Mr. Justice Wargrave said: "I am only establishing facts."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • Mr. Justice Wargrave, stroking his lip and looking quite passionless and inhuman, said: "We have now dealt with the second killing, and have established the fact that no one of us can be completely exonerated from suspicion."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
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as in: establish the company as a leader Define
cause long-term acceptance, reputation, or success
  • She got a job with an established firm.
  • "As used in line 24, "rule" most nearly refers to an "established habit".

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  • We want to establish our company as a leader in the industry.
  • The process by which this happens is now well established.
  • The rule is so well-established, it is no longer an open to reasonable legal dispute.
  • They knew, these excellent old persons, that, by all established rule—and, as regarded some of them, weighed by their own lack of efficiency for business—they ought to have given place to younger men, more orthodox in politics, and altogether fitter than themselves to serve our common Uncle.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Old established firm," he volunteered.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Though Jonas had only become a Five the year that they acquired Lily and learned her name, he remembered the excitement, the conversations at home, wondering about her: how she would look, who she would be, how she would fit into their established family unit.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true; and, true or false, it is of but little consequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers;
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • This, of course, was unfair; but Jurgis felt that these men were out of touch with the life they discussed, that they were unfitted to solve its problems; nay, they themselves were part of the problem—they were part of the order established that was crushing men down and beating them!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • An established inmate of Buchenwald told us that we should have a shower and then we could go into the blocks.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • …of the families which now compose the aristocracy of Salem might here be traced, from the petty and obscure beginnings of their traffic, at periods generally much posterior to the Revolution, upward to what their children look upon as long-established rank.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • For years past she had looked from this estranged point of view at human institutions, and whatever priests or legislators had established; criticising all with hardly more reverence than the Indian would feel for the clerical band, the judicial robe, the pillory, the gallows, the fireside, or the church.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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  • Catherine, also, deemed it judicious to moderate her expressions of pleasure in receiving him; and he gradually established his right to be expected.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • For how could you establish even the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside your own memory?
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • This was finally fortunate; the horse was re-established, and the dog was silenced with a "Down, Pilot!"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The blush which had risen to his face a few moments before was establishing itself.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He quitted the militia and engaged in trade, having brothers already established in a good way in London, which afforded him a favourable opening.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It re-established peace and kindness.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • THE FLOWER GIRL [taking advantage of the military gentleman’s proximity to establish friendly relations with him].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • In this case, however, they have established a very serious case against the son of the murdered man.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I began to comfort her and myself by repeating all that Ogilvy had told me of the impossibility of the Martians establishing themselves on the earth.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • "Then," says he, "when there, you may make acquaintances, and establish correspondences in the bookselling and stationery way."
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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  • I couldn’t establish a system of brotherhood and love in just one small state, amidst a nation of profit-seekers and dollar-grubbers.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It is contrary to every principle we have tried to teach you, contrary to all established precedents and traditions of Art.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This institution of elders is not founded on theory, but was established in the East from the practice of a thousand years.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • This is the practice established from time immemorial, among civilised nations that scour the seas.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • There was no established procedure for evasive action.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Colonel Cargill was so awful a marketing executive that his services were much sought after by firms eager to establish losses for tax purposes.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Since Martha had died and the children had established their own families, his ties with the world seemed to have weakened.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • And as for France, that weak imitation of Napoleon is far too busy establishing the French in Mexico to be bothered with us.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Nevertheless, the Place Maubert is sufficiently large!" interposed one of the clerks established on the window-sill.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A decade later, however, a subsequent ascent of the mountain helped establish the trajectory of my life.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • And as he tilted he talked until a rhythm was established.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It was another bond of the flesh establishing itself, and, as it were, a continued sentiment of a more complex union.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He would have taken a concrete step toward establishing our lives in Iran.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Then, once we had established the routine, I lengthened my absences little by little, complaining about crowded stores and poor service.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • When he was threatening, it hardened my resolve to somehow establish contact with the embassy.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He rebelled against being undressed by Mary Ann and after a while succeeded in establishing his right to dress and undress himself.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The atmosphere of a sick-room was at once re-established, and the invalid retired under his quilt.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He found that he could establish nothing.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • And thus being established as king of the island, every day I went out with my gun to see what I could kill that was fit to eat.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • She saw that she would first need to get work and establish herself company of any sort.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And very soon it grew to be an established custom that he should have dinner with her.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • This meant establishing a clear division between the soul and the body.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He wanted to sweep away her mother, remove the whole affair from the nursery footing upon which Rosemary persistently established it.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "Of all the narrow-minded excuses," McKisco looked around to establish a derisive liaison with some one else, but without success.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Principalities are either hereditary, in which the family has been long established; or they are new.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • It is our established custom; but there is another reason besides.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He’d been having trouble, he said, establishing an Elvis Presley power base in the department of American environments.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • You’ve established a wonderful thing here with Hitler.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He can write the notes, drug his wife, put on the hands of the clock, and establish an excellent alibi for his faithful retainer Tredwell.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • President and CEO of Roarke Industries, established 2042.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • We established this country in the first place with strong state governments just for that reason, to avoid a central tyranny-
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • We will establish temporary headquarters here.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Words and looks had passed between them, quiet laughter evoked, comfort established.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She had wired the money to the Cayman Islands, where she knew a Canadian banker, and established an appropriately confidential account.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • They carried him out to a dry paddy, established security, and sat smoking the dead man’s dope until the chopper came.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • All lovers unconsciously establish their own rules of the game, which from the outset admit no transgression.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I don’t have the what-do-you-call completely established.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • And the two of them try to establish the basic, you know.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Quite as though it had been a long-established custom of his he struck out with all his legs and began to swim.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • In 1904 Anderson married and three years later moved to Elyria, a town forty miles west of Cleveland, where he established a firm that sold paint.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
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