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acquit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
she was acquitted
"Yes; but not only that," said Wemmick, "she went into his service immediately after her acquittal, tamed as she is now."
acquittal = official finding of "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
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1st useChapter 48
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2  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
For such reasons, I was very glad when ten o'clock came and we started for Miss Havisham's; though I was not at all at my ease regarding the manner in which I should acquit myself under that lady's roof.†
acquit = handle (conduct or behave)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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conjugate
1 use
When at last I dozed, in sheer exhaustion of mind and body, it became a vast shadowy verb which I had to conjugate.
conjugate = present in different grammatical forms
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conjugate means:
grammatical changes of verb forms to agree with other words in a sentence for tense, number, person, and other things

English tense example:
    She writes.
    She is writing.
    She will write tomorrow.
    She has written in the past.
  
English number example:
      Jane is...
      Jane and Susan are...
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1st useChapter 45
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...a countenance expressive of grief and despair...
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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desist
1 use
Faint and sick with the pain of my injured arm, bewildered by the surprise, and yet conscious how easily this threat could be put in execution, I desisted, and tried to ease my arm were it ever so little.
desisted = stopped
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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dismal
21 uses
At this dismal time we were evidently all possessed by the idea that we were followed.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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1st useChapter 35
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egress
1 use
When she had laid the supper-cloth, the bridge was lowered to give her means of egress, and she withdrew for the night.
egress = exit
DefinitionGenerally egress means:
to exit
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grindstone
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sharpen on a grindstone
After grinding a number of dull blades,—of whom it was remarkable that their fathers, when influential, were always going to help him to preferment, but always forgot to do it when the blades had left the Grindstone,—he had wearied of that poor work and had come to London.
grindstone = a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to sharpen, grind, or polish
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grindstone means:
a  revolving disk-shaped stone used to grind (as when wheat is ground to flour), or used to sharpen or polish (as when sharpening a knife)
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
...exalted into the beneficent contriver of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate as next to inevitable, he placed me standing on a chair beside him to illustrate his remarks.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
It was no nominal meal that we were going to make, but a vigorous reality.†
nominal = in form, but not in substance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 27 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Biddy, who was the most obliging of girls, immediately said she would, and indeed began to carry out her promise within five minutes.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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1st useChapter 10
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2  —8 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I only wanted you to know that I am doing very well in my apprenticeship, and am always much obliged to you.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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1st useChapter 10
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unquizzed meaning  —12 uses
render   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
I begged Wemmick, in conclusion, to understand that my help must always be rendered without Herbert's knowledge or suspicion,
rendered = gave or supplied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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1st useChapter 37
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
The injury to his chest (which rendered his breathing extremely painful)...
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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3  —1 use as in:
rendered interpretation
When I was old enough, I was to be apprenticed to Joe, and until I could assume that dignity I was not to be what Mrs. Joe called "Pompeyed," or (as I render it) pampered.
render = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from
The exact meaning of this sense of render depends upon its context. For example:
  • "Each artist will render a different interpretation when painting a portrait." — create in a particular way
  • "A Supreme Court judge may render his own interpretation of the Constitution." — interpret in a particular way
  • "The computer you are using, rendered this page from software instructions." — created through interpretation
  • "A graph is rendered from the underlying data." — made
  • "Fat can be rendered (extracted) by cooking meat slowly." — extracted from
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1st useChapter 7
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repudiate
2 uses
...and should in my heart of hearts have repudiated the idea.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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sagacious
3 uses
—a sagacious way of improving their minds.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 7
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servile
3 uses
Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
servile = submissive, and eager to serve and please
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 19
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vacillate
1 use
asked the landlord, vacillating weakly.
vacillating = changing his mind (or doubting his earlier opinion)
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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waive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
waive the right
There was a question just now, Mr. Jaggers, which you desired me to waive for a moment.†
waive = not insist on
DefinitionGenerally this sense of waive means:
not enforce something to which one would otherwise be entitled
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