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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 45 uses
1  —31 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
But tell me, what did you come down to Netherfield for?  Was it merely ... or had you intended any more serious consequence?†
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book31 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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2  —14 uses as in:
of little consequence
Oh! it is of no consequence.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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contrast   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
He was received by Mrs. Bennet with a degree of civility which made her two daughters ashamed, especially when contrasted with the cold and ceremonious politeness of her curtsey and address to his friend.
contrasted = compared to show differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 53
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
Mr. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield.  Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves.  What a contrast between him and his friend!  Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party.
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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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3  —2 uses as in:
it is a contrast
Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied.
contrast = something noticeably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Arguments are too much like disputes.  If you and Miss Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room, I shall be very thankful;
defer = postpone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 42 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
depart directly
But it ought to done, and if you will give me a sheet of paper, it shall be done directly.†
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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Book21 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
It was not in their direct road, nor more than a mile or two out of it.†
direct = exact
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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Book2 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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3  —5 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
"Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of
humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast."†
indirect = not straightforward (not obvious and simple)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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4  —12 uses as in:
directed her question to
Never had his wit been directed in a manner so little agreeable to her.†
directed = aimed
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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Book12 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27
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5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Elizabeth could not help smiling at his easy manner of directing his friend.†
directing = instructing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 58
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disposition
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.
disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or inclination
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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endeavor
43 uses
"No, I thank you," she replied, endeavouring to recover herself.
endeavouring = trying or attempting
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book43 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
He is now, perhaps, sorry for what he has done, and anxious to re-establish a character.†
re-establish = restore
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book7 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
His countenance, voice, and manner had established him at once in the possession of every virtue.†
established = shown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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forbearance
8 uses
he listened to all their impertinence with the most forbearing courtesy.
forbearing = patient and tolerant
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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inclined
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
Mrs. Bennet had been strongly inclined to ask them to stay and dine there that day; but...
inclined = in the mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 56
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 40 uses
1  —33 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
During their walk, it was resolved that Mr. Bennet's consent should be asked in the course of the evening.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book33 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16
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2  —5 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
You are then resolved to have him?
resolved = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 39
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income.
resolved = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 52
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