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A Tale of Two Cities

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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hotel accommodations
The arrival of his breakfast roused him, and he said to the drawer, as he moved his chair to it: "I wish accommodation prepared for a young lady who may come here at any time to-day."
accommodation = lodging
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodations means:
space or lodgings — such as a hotel room or office space
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1st useChapter 1.4
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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
You apprehend me very clearly, Mr. Barsad.†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Since the state of your mind that you describe, is, at all events, attributable to some influence of mine—this is what I mean, if I can make it plain—can I use no influence to serve you?
attributable = traceable (caused by)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.13
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complacent
4 uses
Sydney Carton looked at his punch and looked at his complacent friend;
complacent = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.16
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
looked down upon him with the loftiest contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.22
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deference
5 uses
with less internal deference than he made an outward show of
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book5 uses
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1st useChapter 2.10
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denounce
20 uses
I denounce them to Heaven and to earth.
denounce = to strongly criticize or accuse 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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Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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dubious
4 uses
Mr. Cruncher was soothed, but shook his head in a dubious and moral way.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.12
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engender
5 uses
Physical diseases, engendered in the vices and neglects of men, will seize on victims of all degrees;
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
It had been established voluntarily some time ago, among the more thorough patriots; but, was now law for everybody.†
established = set in place (accepted and expected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.10
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Here again: Mr. Lorry's inquiries into Miss Pross's personal history had established the fact that her brother Solomon was a heartless scoundrel who had stripped her of everything she possessed, as a stake to speculate with, and had abandoned her in her poverty for evermore, with no touch of compunction.†
established = shown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.6
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
We will say, to put a case and for the sake of illustration, that he had been used, in his bad time, to work at a little forge.†
illustration = to clarify or demonstrate

(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 illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.19
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latent
5 uses
The latent uneasiness in Darnay's mind was roused to vigourous life by this letter.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.24
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Monsieur
126 uses
Good day, monsieur.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book126 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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passage
2 uses
That, Virtue, as had been observed by the poets (in many passages which he well knew the jury would have, word for word, at the tips of their tongues; whereat the jury's countenances displayed a guilty consciousness that they knew nothing about the passages), was in a manner contagious; more especially the bright virtue known as patriotism, or love of country.†
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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remonstrate
6 uses
sufficiently disturbing the darkness to elicit loud remonstrance from an owl
remonstrance = protest
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
As the clock struck two, she was there, and at four she turned resignedly away.
resignedly = with acceptance that things are not as she hoped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3.5
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ubiquitous
2 uses
...as if he had never heard of ubiquitous Jacques in his time.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.14
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.15
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
An hour or two hence, and the low companions and low habits that I scorn but yield to, will render me less worth such tears as those, than any wretch who creeps along the streets.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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