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bestow
30 uses
His tale and the feelings he now expressed proved him to be a creature of fine sensations, and did I not as his maker owe him all the portion of happiness that it was in my power to bestow?
bestow = give
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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Book30 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
...words cannot convey an idea of the heart-sickening despair that I then endured.
convey = communicate or express
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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2  —8 uses as in:
convey her safely to
...he had consequently hired a vessel to convey him to Constantinople, for which city he should sail in a few hours.
convey = transport
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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countenance
48 uses
1  —48 uses as in:
a pleasant countenance
I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers.
countenances = facial expressions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book48 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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disposition
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a kind disposition
This man, whose name was Beaufort, was of a proud and unbending disposition and could not bear to live in poverty and oblivion in the same country where he had formerly been distinguished for his rank and magnificence.
disposition = normal temperament (normal way of acting and being)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or inclination
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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endeavor
56 uses
I continued walking in this manner for some time, endeavouring by bodily exercise to ease the load that weighed upon my mind.
endeavouring = trying or attempting
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book56 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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fluctuate
3 uses
My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.
fluctuate = alternately increase and decrease
DefinitionGenerally fluctuate means:
to alternately increase and decrease in quantity
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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ignominious
5 uses
I soon shall see you again in heaven, where we shall all be happy; and that consoles me, going as I am to suffer ignominy and death.
ignominy = shame or disgrace
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them.
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4
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perceive
39 uses
1  —39 uses as in:
though blind, can perceive light
At first I perceived that he tried to suppress his emotion; he placed his hands before his eyes, and my voice quivered and failed me as I beheld tears trickle fast from between his fingers; a groan burst from his heaving breast.
perceived = saw (became aware)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book39 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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recollect
19 uses
Yet one duty remained to me, the recollection of which finally triumphed over my selfish despair.
recollection = memory
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book19 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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reflect
34 uses
1  —28 uses as in:
I want to reflect on it.
I paused some time to reflect on all he had related and the various arguments which he had employed.
reflect = think carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
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Book28 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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?  —6 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
render
33 uses
1  —32 uses as in:
rendered her unconscious
Wealth was an inferior object, but what glory would attend the discovery if I could banish disease from the human frame and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!
render = make
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book32 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 37 uses
1  —36 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?
resolved = firmly decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book36 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
He said little, but when he spoke I read in his kindling eye and in his animated glance a restrained but firm resolve not to be chained to the miserable details of commerce.
resolve = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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satiate
4 uses
I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man.
satiate = satisfy
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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spurn
6 uses
The young girl spoke in high and enthusiastic terms of her mother, who, born in freedom, spurned the bondage to which she was now reduced.
spurned = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally spurn means:
reject as not good enough
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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sublime
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
she is sublime
These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving.
sublime = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sublime means:
wonderful — often beautiful or morally admirable
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
2  —6 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I fear that he will become an idler unless we yield the point and permit him to enter on the profession which he has selected.
yield = give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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