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animate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 21 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
Her hair of a shining raven black, and curiously braided; her eyes were dark, but gentle, although animated;
animated = lively
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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2  —10 uses as in:
animate v. inanimate
After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.
animation = life
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
alive; or (more rarely) an animal—not a plant; or (more rarely still) the degree to which as an animal feels and thinks
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Book10 uses
Library2 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
Library9 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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despair
53 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
do not despair
Do not despair.
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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unquizzed meaning  —46 uses
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

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavoring.)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book56 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 43 uses
1  —35 uses as in:
endured the pain
I accompanied the whale-fishers on several expeditions to the North Sea; I voluntarily endured cold, famine, thirst, and want of sleep;
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book35 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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2  —8 uses as in:
endure through the ages
The tranquillity which I now enjoyed did not endure.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Book8 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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engage   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
engage in conversation
Two years passed in this manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva, but was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries which I hoped to make.
engaged = occupied (involved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
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Book20 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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2  —6 uses as in:
engage her services
I have hired a vessel and am occupied in collecting my sailors; those whom I have already engaged appear to be men on whom I can depend and are certainly possessed of dauntless courage.
engaged = hired
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4
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indicate
3 uses
I am, however, in good spirits: my men are bold and apparently firm of purpose, nor do the floating sheets of ice that continually pass us, indicating the dangers of the region towards which we are advancing, appear to dismay them.
indicating = showing
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Book3 uses
Library40 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12
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perceive
41 uses
1  —41 uses as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers.
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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Book41 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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precede
9 uses
It was your journal of the four months that preceded my creation.
preceded = were before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book9 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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reflect
34 uses
1  —28 uses as in:
I want to reflect on it.
Yet it is terrible to reflect that the lives of all these men are endangered through me.
reflect = think
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
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Book28 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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unquizzed meaning  —6 uses
render
33 uses
1  —32 uses as in:
rendered her unconscious
...a thousand conflicting emotions rendered her mute as she bade me a tearful, silent farewell.
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book32 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
sufficient
24 uses
You have guessed right; I have lately been so deeply engaged in one occupation that I have not allowed myself sufficient rest, as you see; but I hope, I sincerely hope, that all these employments are now at an end and that I am at length free.
sufficient = adequate (enough)
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book24 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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thus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 62 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Thus it was necessary.
But I fear, from what you have yourself described to be his properties, that this will prove impracticable; and thus, while every proper measure is pursued, you should make up your mind to disappointment.
thus = therefore (for that reason)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thus means:
therefore (for that reason; or what follows is so because of what was just said)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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2  —60 uses as in:
betrayed her thus
Autumn passed thus.
thus = in that way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thus means:
in the way mentioned or shown
Word Statistics
Book60 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
utter
33 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
utter stupidity
I attempted to accompany them and proceeded a short distance from the house, but my head whirled round, my steps were like those of a drunken man, I fell at last in a state of utter exhaustion;
utter = complete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
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Book17 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useIntr.
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unquizzed meaning  —16 uses
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