toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Sense and Sensibility

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

(click/touch triangles for details)
acquit
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she was acquitted
Sometimes she could believe Willoughby to be as unfortunate and as innocent as herself, and at others, lost every consolation in the impossibility of acquitting him.†
acquitting = finding innocent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
Web Links
consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
—he knew nothing of what had passed; and the first hours of his visit were consequently spent in hearing and in wondering.
consequently = as a result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 35
Web Links
2  —5 uses as in:
of little consequence
I have something of consequence to inform you of, which I was on the point of communicating by paper.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...to defer her departure.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
"Colonel Brandon's character," said Elinor, "as an excellent man, is well established."†
established = set in reputation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
...and Edward's visit near Plymouth, his melancholy state of mind, his dissatisfaction at his own prospects, his uncertain behaviour towards herself, the intimate knowledge of the Miss Steeles as to Norland and their family connections, which had often surprised her, the picture, the letter, the ring, formed altogether such a body of evidence, as overcame every fear of condemning him unfairly, and established as a fact, which no partiality could set aside, his ill-treatment of herself.†
established = showed or proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
Web Links
however
132 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Mrs. Palmer's information respecting Willoughby was not very material; but any testimony in his favour, however small, was pleasing to her.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
unquizzed meaning  —124 uses
impetuous
2 uses
they had gone through the subject again and again; and with the same steady conviction and affectionate counsel on Elinor's side, the same impetuous feelings and varying opinions on Marianne's, as before.
impetuous = impulsive (without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
Web Links
inquiry
31 uses
She needed no time for deliberation or inquiry.
inquiry = questioning or investigating
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 53 uses
1  —45 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
My promise to Lucy, obliged me to be secret.
obliged = required (obligated her to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —5 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
You are very obliging.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
Web Links
3  —3 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I shall always think myself very much obliged to you.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
...you perceive, as well as myself, not only in this, but in many other circumstances, reason enough to be convinced that....
perceive = view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
They had not remained in this manner long, before Elinor perceived Willoughby, standing within a few yards of them,
perceived = became aware of (in this case by seeing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 28
Web Links
recollect
35 uses
Recollecting, soon afterwards, that he was probably dividing Elinor from her sister, he put an end to his visit
recollecting = remembering
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
But the resolution was made only to be broken.
resolution = firm decision to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 46
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
...to act with resolution,
resolution = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 41
Web Links
resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —23 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
They were cheered by the joy of the servants on their arrival, and each for the sake of the others resolved to appear happy.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book23 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
2  —10 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Perhaps she pitied and esteemed him the more because he was slighted by Willoughby and Marianne, who, prejudiced against him for being neither lively nor young, seemed resolved to undervalue his merits.
resolved = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
sagacious
3 uses
Margaret's sagacity was not always displayed in a way so satisfactory to her sister.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/columns/choices)
† 
Sample usage followed by this mark was not checked by an editor. Please let us know if you spot a problem.
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.