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Romeo and Juliet

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apprehend
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the criminal
  Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee;
  Obey, and go with me; for thou must die.
apprehend = capture a wrongdoer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.3
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banish
29 uses
Romeo is banished.
banished = forced to leave the community
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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Book29 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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beseech
7 uses
Good father, I beseech you on my knees,
beseech = beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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chide
5 uses
O, what a beast was I to chide at him!
chide = criticize
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.3
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devise
3 uses
  Then comes she to me,
  And with wild looks, bid me devise some means
  To rid her from this second marriage,
devise = come up with (invent)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devise means:
to come up with a way of doing something — typically a creative idea or plan
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 2.4
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
  And I, for winking at your discords too,
  Have lost a brace of kinsmen:
discords = disagreements

(editor's note:  In this context, brace is a synonym for several.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 5.3
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2  —2 uses as in:
discordant music
  It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
  Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
discords = unpleasant sounds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.1
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Fain would I dwell on form.
dwell = focus (let attention stay)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.2
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2  —3 uses as in:
It dwells in the forest.
  I do remember an apothecary—
  And hereabouts he dwells,
dwells = lives

(editor's note:  Apothecary is a synonym for pharmacist.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 5.1
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exeunt
32 uses
Come, madam, let's away. [Exeunt Montague and Lady.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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Book32 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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exile
6 uses
  And for that offence
  Immediately we do exile him hence.
exile = expel (force to live elsewhere)
DefinitionGenerally exile means:
to force someone to live outside of their homeland; or living in such a condition

or more rarely:  voluntary absence from a place someone would rather be
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Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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fickle
3 uses
O fortune, fortune! All men call thee fickle.
fickle = quick to change
DefinitionGenerally fickle means:
having a tendency to change suddenly — such as a person quick to change their mind, or the weather in a region where it changes rapidly
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.5
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frayed
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
into the fray
Benvolio, who began this bloody fray?
fray = fight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fray means:
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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lament
8 uses
  Most lamentable day, most woeful day
  That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
lamentable = sad

(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 lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.4
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loathe
5 uses
with loathsome smells
loathsome = disgusting
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.6
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scorn
5 uses
  Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe.
  A villain, that is hither come in spite,
  To scorn at our solemnity this night.
scorn = mock (disrespect)
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.1
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vary
1 use
  O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
  That monthly changes in her circled orb,
  Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
variable = changing

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" in variable means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable. Note that when "-able" is placed at the end of a word that ends in "Y", the "Y" is often replaced with "I" as in enviable and deniable.)
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useScene 2.2
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warrant
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
I warrant it
I'll warrant him as gentle as a lamb.
warrant = guarantee (assure you)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of warrant means:
to promise, guarantee, or indicate certainty of something

(seldom used today, but common in classic literature)
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 1.3
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writ
7 uses
I am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ,
writ = written
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
  ...Therefore pardon me,
  And not impute this yielding to light love,
  Which the dark night hath so discovered.
yielding = giving in (surrendering)

(editor's note:  This could be paraphrased as:  Excuse me, and do not think I fell in love easily this evening.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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