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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or 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 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
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Book6 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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2  —9 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = method
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began speaking with someone about something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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unquizzed meaning  —10 uses
Big Brother
78 uses
Be careful. Big Brother is watching.
Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so

(editor's note:  This expression and definition were popularized by this book. In the book, the expression refers specifically to the government described in the story.)
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Book78 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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bound   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
south-bound lanes
There was an accident in the south-bound lanes.
bound = travelling (in that direction)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —6 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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3  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
bound = tied together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to be constrained in some way — such as tied up, prevented, required, or obligated
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "Her wrists were bound." — tied up
  • "I am bound by my word." — required or obligated (in this case to keep a promise)
  • "It is a binding contract." — must be obeyed (The people who signed the contract are legally required to do what it says or suffer legal penalties.)
  • "He is muscle bound." — prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
credulous
2 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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denounce
12 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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digress
2 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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doctrine
10 uses
She challenges accepted doctrine.
doctrine = generally accepted beliefs
DefinitionGenerally doctrine means:
a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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fallacy
3 uses
The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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frontier
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
the frontier of Tibet
Indian soldiers and technicians assisted in staffing some of the checkposts on the frontier with Tibet.
frontier = an international boundary or a wilderness at the edge of a settled area
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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invariably
10 uses
I tell myself to go to sleep early, but I invariably end up watching television late into the night.
invariably = consistently or without variation
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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minuteness   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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