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accommodate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the room can accommodate four
I entered — not now obliged to part with my whole fortune as the price of its accommodation.†
accommodation = provision
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
provide (or have the ability to provide) for something desired or needed
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2  —2 uses as in:
hotel accommodations
The red-room was a square chamber, very seldom slept in, I might say never, indeed, unless when a chance influx of visitors at Gateshead Hall rendered it necessary to turn to account all the accommodation it contained: yet it was one of the largest and stateliest chambers in the mansion.
accommodation = space
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodations means:
space or lodgings — such as a hotel room or office space
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acrimony
1 use
Too often she betrayed this, by the undue vent she gave to a spiteful antipathy she had conceived against little Adele: pushing her away with some contumelious epithet if she happened to approach her; sometimes ordering her from the room, and always treating her with coldness and acrimony.
acrimony = anger and bitterness
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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ameliorate
1 use
Spring drew on: she was indeed already come; the frosts of winter had ceased; its snows were melted, its cutting winds ameliorated.
ameliorated = improved (something that was bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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arbitration
1 use
My task was a very hard one; but, as I was absolutely resolved — as my cousins saw at length that my mind was really and immutably fixed on making a just division of the property — as they must in their own hearts have felt the equity of the intention; and must, besides, have been innately conscious that in my place they would have done precisely what I wished to do — they yielded at length so far as to consent to put the affair to arbitration.
arbitration = the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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ascetic
1 use
There was something ascetic in her look, which was augmented by the extreme plainness of a straight-skirted, black, stuff dress, a starched linen collar, hair combed away from the temples, and the nun-like ornament of a string of ebony beads and a crucifix.
ascetic = severely plain — like one who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth)
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
corresponding time period
"Because," he said, "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you — especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame."
corresponding = matching (similar)
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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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
He has maintained a regular, though not frequent, correspondence ever since: he hopes I am happy, and trusts I am not of those who live without God in the world, and only mind earthly things.
correspondence = communication by writing letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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3  —1 use as in:
foreign correspondent of the paper
Mr. Eyre has been the Funchal correspondent of his house for some years.
correspondent = reporter

(editor's note:  Funchal is a city in Portugal.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondent means:
a reporter — typically from a foreign country or with a particular expertise
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...all their countenances expressed displeasure,
countenances = facial expressions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
I cannot possibly countenance any such inconsistent proceeding,
countenance = accept or permit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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dogmatic
1 use
it reminded me of Mrs. Reed's; she mouthed her words in speaking; her voice was deep, its inflections very pompous, very dogmatical, — very intolerable, in short.
dogmatical = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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efface
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
efface the memory
Miss Oliver is ever surrounded by suitors and flatterers: in less than a month, my image will be effaced from her heart.†
effaced = removed completely from recognition or memory
DefinitionGenerally this sense of efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing
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entreat
19 uses
You — poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are — I entreat to accept me as a husband.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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ferret out
1 use
Yes — yes — the end is not so difficult; if I had only a brain active enough to ferret out the means of attaining it.
ferret out = discover through persistent investigation
DefinitionGenerally ferret out means:
search for and discover through persistent investigation
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hackneyed
3 uses
I have seen a gipsy vagabond; she has practised in hackneyed fashion the science of palmistry and told me what such people usually tell.
hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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perfidy
2 uses
I had my own reasons for being dismayed at this apparition; too well I remembered the perfidious hints given by Mrs. Reed about my disposition,
perfidious = betraying
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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quibble
1 use
A most ingenious quibble!
quibble = argument about something unimportant
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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repudiate
1 use
In the eyes of the world, I was doubtless covered with grimy dishonour; but I resolved to be clean in my own sight — and to the last I repudiated the contamination of her crimes, and wrenched myself from connection with her mental defects.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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soliloquy
1 use
"My strength is quite failing me," I said in a soliloquy.
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
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