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accompany   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 15 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
I accompanied the whale-fishers on several expeditions to the North Sea;
accompanied = traveled with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useIntr.
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2  —1 use as in:
law and accompanying regulations
A few months before my arrival they had lived in a large and luxurious city called Paris, surrounded by friends and possessed of every enjoyment which virtue, refinement of intellect, or taste, accompanied by a moderate fortune, could afford.
accompanied = joined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
complement (to provide with something else to make it whole or better)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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3  —2 uses as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
On the third day my mother sickened; her fever was accompanied by the most alarming symptoms, and the looks of her medical attendants prognosticated the worst event.
accompanied = joined at the same time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useIntr.
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4  —1 use as in:
accompanied her in the performance
She played a simple air, and her voice accompanied it in sweet accents, but unlike the wondrous strain of the stranger.
accompanied = performed with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to perform with
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 13
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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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despair   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 53 uses
1  —46 uses as in:
she felt despair
You have hope, and the world before you, and have no cause for despair.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book46 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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2  —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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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 typical way of behaving
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

(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
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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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
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library9 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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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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
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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unquizzed meaning  —6 uses
satiate
5 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)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses 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 = impressively wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sublime means:
impressively wonderful — often beautiful or morally admirable
Word Statistics
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
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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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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