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accord
9 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
But everyone worked according to his capacity.
according to = in keeping with (depending upon)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book5 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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?  —4 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
Napoleon was well aware of the bad results that might follow if the real facts of the food situation were known, and he decided to make use of Mr. Whymper to spread a contrary impression.
contrary = different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —3 uses as in:
contrary to
A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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3  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility.
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It demonstrates my point.
There was nothing with which they could compare their present lives: they had nothing to go upon except Squealer's lists of figures, which invariably demonstrated that everything was getting better and better.
demonstrated = showed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 uses as in:
demonstrate to protest
Napoleon had commanded that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration, the object of which was to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of Animal Farm.
demonstration = public display of support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
...worked out a complicated scheme for all the animals to drop their dung directly in the fields, at a different spot every day, to save the labour of cartage.
directly = without anything in between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others.
directed = gave instructions to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
Even Napoleon, who was directing operations from the rear, had the tip of his tail chipped by a pellet.
directing = supervising
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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expulsion
10 uses
Jones was expelled, and the Manor Farm was theirs.
expelled = forced to leave
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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maxim
6 uses
After much thought Snowball declared that the Seven Commandments could in effect be reduced to a single maxim, namely: 'Four legs good, two legs bad.'
maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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nevertheless
7 uses
He was deceived, and continued to report to the outside world that there was no food shortage on Animal Farm. Nevertheless, towards the end of January it became obvious that it would be necessary to procure some more grain from somewhere.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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ration
15 uses
Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs.
rations = portions of food
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a United Nations resolution
A unanimous resolution was passed on the spot that the farmhouse should be preserved as a museum.
resolution = a formal statement of a decision voted on by a group
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a formal statement of decision or opinion voted on by a group
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray.
resolution = determination
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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trace   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
found a trace of
Yes, it was gone; almost the last trace of their labour was gone!
trace = indication (sign that it had existed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity or indication

The exact meaning of this sense of trace is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace." — any small indication that something was present
  • "She speaks English with just a trace of a southern accent." — a very small amount (especially an amount too small to be accurately measured)
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lies circulated by Snowball.
traceable = able to be followed (to a source)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of

This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something

    • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
    • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
    • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
    • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation

  • to research or report on the development of something

    • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
    • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on

  • to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something

    • She traces the progress of at-risk students — monitors information
    • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track

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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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3  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
Boxer could not get beyond the letter D. He would trace out A, B, C, D, in the dust with his great hoof, and then would stand staring at the letters with his ears back, sometimes shaking his forelock, trying with all his might to remember what came next and never succeeding.
trace = draw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • copying the outline of an image

    • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
    • She projected the image onto the wall, then hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil

  • draw an outline or a specific pattern

    • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
    • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw

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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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utter   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
utter a complaint
Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time.
utter = say
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
say something aloud
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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2  —7 uses as in:
utter a sound
Four young porkers in the front row uttered shrill squeals of disapproval, and all four of them sprang to their feet and began speaking at once.
uttered = made (a sound with the voice)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
make a sound with the voice
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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