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accommodate   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the room can accommodate four
But Mrs. Pocket was at home, and was in a little difficulty, on account of the baby's having been accommodated with a needle-case to keep him quiet during the unaccountable absence (with a relative in the Foot Guards) of Millers.
accommodated = provided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
provide (or have the ability to provide) for something desired or needed
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 33
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2  —1 use as in:
moved to accommodate her
I was to go to "Barnard's Inn," to young Mr. Pocket's rooms, where a bed had been sent in for my accommodation; I was to remain with young Mr. Pocket until Monday; on Monday I was to go with him to his father's house on a visit, that I might try how I liked it.
accommodation = benefit

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
3  —1 use as in:
hotel accommodations
But I had as sound a sleep in that lodging as in the most superior accommodation the Boar could have given me, and the quality of my dreams was about the same as in the best bedroom.†
accommodation = lodging
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodations means:
space or lodgings — such as a hotel room or office space
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 58
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 20 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Wemmick explained to me ... that this was according to custom, and...
according to = in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book19 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
He further gave me leave to accompany the prisoner to London; but declined to accord that grace to my two friends.
accord = give special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
But, it was only the pleasanter to turn to Biddy and to Joe, whose great forbearance shone more brightly than before, if that could be, contrasted with this brazen pretender.
contrasted = compared to show differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 44
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2  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The air of completeness and superiority with which she walked at my side, and the air of youthfulness and submission with which I walked at hers, made a contrast that I strongly felt.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19
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direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 37 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
depart directly
His expression was, 'a round score o' year ago, and a'most directly after I took up wi' Compeyson.'†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book14 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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2  —6 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
It lay directly in my way, and had been worked that day, as I saw by the tools and barrows that were lying about.†
directly = exactly where stated (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book6 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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3  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Am I right in so understanding what you have told me, as that he never referred to her, directly or indirectly, in any way?†
indirectly = in a complicated, non-obvious manner

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 30
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4  —10 uses as in:
directed her question to
We found that a steamer for Hamburg was likely to suit our purpose best, and we directed our thoughts chiefly to that vessel.†
directed = focused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book10 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
I think it will be conceded by my most disputatious reader, that she could hardly have directed an unfortunate boy to do anything in the wide world more difficult to be done under the circumstances.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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6  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
He advised my attending certain places in London, for the acquisition of such mere rudiments as I wanted, and my investing him with the functions of explainer and director of all my studies.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
It was an odd sensation to see his very familiar face established quite at home in that very unfamiliar room and region;†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book13 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
So convinced I was of that woman's being her mother, that I wanted no evidence to establish the fact in my own mind.†
establish = prove
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 40
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oblige
27 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
I was obliged to admit that I did know it for a certainty,
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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unquizzed meaning  —15 uses
penitent
11 uses
...I lay there, penitently whispering, "O God bless him!"
penitently = feeling remorse (sorrow) for misdeeds
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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remonstrate
11 uses
The last word grated on me; but how could I remonstrate!
remonstrate = argue, complain, or criticize
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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resolve
25 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Never had I breathed, and never would I breathe—or so I resolved —a word of Estella to Provis.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book25 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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retort
32 uses
"And do you remember," retorted Mr. Jaggers, "that but for me you wouldn't be here and couldn't be here?"
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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