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The Merchant of Venice

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allay
2 uses
They have tried to allay fears by saying their weapons are of a defensive nature.
allay = reduced the intensity of
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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amity
2 uses
If we cannot be close friends, we can at least live in amity.
amity = a state of friendly relations
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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bereft
1 use
She is bereft of hope.
bereft = lacking (something desired)
DefinitionGenerally bereft means:
lacking something that is desired

or:

suffered great sadness because of loss or lack of something expected or strongly desired

or:

deprived (taken away something that is desired)
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1st useScene 3.2
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beseech
7 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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bestow
4 uses
They gave her the highest honor they can bestow.
bestow = give (as an honor)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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commend
7 uses
I commend you for a good job.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
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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Book1 use
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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2  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useScene 4.1
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3  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
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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Book1 use
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useScene 2.7
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useScene 2.4
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 1.3
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entreat
5 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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flourish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
She entered with a great flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 2.1
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useScene 3.2
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forfeit
12 uses
We had to forfeit the deposit.
forfeit = lose
DefinitionGenerally forfeit means:
to lose or surrender something — often as a penalty
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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malicious
2 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 4.1
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notwithstanding
3 uses
Notwithstanding other provisions of this contract, employee may be fired immediately if there is any material misrepresentation on employee's resume or job application.
notwithstanding = in spite of (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(In this case, even if other parts of the contract protect the employee from being fired without notice, the employee can be fired immediately for these reasons. The other parts of the contract do not withstand this part.)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 1.3
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perjury
1 use
She was not found guilty of the theft, but was found guilty of perjury during her testimony to the grand jury.
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies in court after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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recant
1 use
According to popular legend, after being forced to recant his theory that the Earth moved around the Sun, Galileo whispered, "And yet it moves."
recant = say he no longer believed (something previously said)
DefinitionGenerally recant means:
for one to say they no longer believe a previously made statement or belief — often while under pressure
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 4.1
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