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benevolent
4 uses
Eyes shone, cheeks were flushed, the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy, friendly smiles.
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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bound   (7 meanings)
7 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
south-bound lanes
As the Savage stepped out of his taxicopter a convoy of gaily-coloured aerial hearses rose whirring from the roof and darted away across the Park, westwards, bound for the Slough Crematorium.
bound = traveling (to a specific location)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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2  —1 use as in:
She's bound to succeed.
If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.
bound = almost certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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1st useChapter 8
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3  —1 use as in:
bound together
On the table under the window lay a massive volume bound in limp black leather-surrogate, and stamped with large golden T's.
bound = held together and wrapped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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4  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
Bound by strong vows that had never been pronounced, obedient to laws that had long since ceased to run, he sat averted and in silence.
bound = required
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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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5  —1 use as in:
the binding is loose
The binding had been eaten by mice; some of its pages were loose and crumpled.
binding = what holds book pages together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of binding means:
something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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6  —1 use as in:
out of bounds; bounded on the east
On the north the view was bounded by the long chalk ridge of the Hog's Back, from behind whose eastern extremity rose the towers of the seven skyscrapers which constituted Guildford.
bounded = limited (stopped)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
a boundary or limit
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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7  —1 use as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
Lenina bounded forward.
bounded = moved quickly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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caustic
1 use
On Rack 10 rows of next generation's chemical workers were being trained in the toleration of lead, caustic soda, tar, chlorine.
caustic = of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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1st useChapter 1
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
His intellectual eminence carries with it corresponding moral responsibilities.
corresponding = proportional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
And at once this possibility became an established certainty: John had refused to come because he didn't like her.
established = proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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function   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Its main function is to...
One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies.†
functions = jobs
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
I'm attending a function tonight
"It reminds me of a lower-caste Community Sing," she told Bernard. But a little later it was reminding her a good deal less of that innocuous function.†
function = social event or ceremony
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
a social event or ceremony — especially one attended for work or out of a sense of duty
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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impudent
8 uses
Impudent strumpet!
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful

(editor's note:  Strumpet, is seldom used these days, but it refers to a woman who is a prostitute or is especially promiscuous.)
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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mollify
1 use
he had mollified the Savage into listening to his explanations,
mollified = calmed
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
negative feedback from customers
The question was answered by a negative silence.†
negative = indicating an answer of "no"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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novel
1 use
He sat for some time, meditatively frowning, then picked up his pen and wrote across the title-page: "The author's mathematical treatment of the conception of purpose is novel and highly ingenious, but heretical and, so far as the present social order is concerned, dangerous and potentially subversive."
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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orthodox
8 uses
Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself.
unorthodoxy = unusual beliefs or practices

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodoxy means not and reverses the meaning of orthodoxy. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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strait
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Strait of Hormuz
The mesa was like a ship becalmed in a strait of lion-coloured dust.†
strait = narrow water passage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of strait means:
a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
They hung there, seemingly self-sustained, as though watching.†
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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