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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 82 uses
1  —73 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
to defend one's life, which is in accordance with natural and divine law;
accordance = in keeping (or in agreement)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
Word Statistics
Book73 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11-12
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2  —8 uses as in:
done of her own accord
...displayed them of their own accord and free will.
own accord = own mind (done voluntarily without someone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37-38
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
Thanks be to heaven for the favour it accords me,
accords = gives to (as special treatment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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alacrity
3 uses
...and then in glad silence and with cheerful alacrity each of our stout rowers took his oar, and commending ourselves to God with all our hearts, we began to shape our course for the island of Majorca, the nearest Christian land.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.23-24
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chivalry
138 uses
uphold the right, the truth, and true chivalry!
chivalry = the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
DefinitionGenerally chivalry means:
the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak

or:

courtesy — especially of men towards women
Word Statistics
Book138 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
a very forbidding countenance
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17-18
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credulous
1 use
though there are some, too, who say you showed yourself over-credulous in believing there was any possibility in the government of that island offered you by Senor Don Quixote.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.3-4
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digress
3 uses
...the translator of the history thought it best to pass over these and other details of the same sort in silence, as they are not in harmony with the main purpose of the story, the strong point of which is truth rather than dull digressions.
digressions = wanderings from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.27-28
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engender
4 uses
If the poet be pure in his morals, he will be pure in his verses too; the pen is the tongue of the mind, and as the thought engendered there, so will be the things that it writes down.
engendered = created (caused)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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entreat
101 uses
I want your worship to take it upon yourself to redress this wrong either by entreaty or by arms;
entreaty = a request or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book101 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
He established a fixed rate for servants' wages, which were becoming recklessly exorbitant.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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2  —5 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
He longed for night and an opportunity of escaping from the house to go and see his good friend Lothario, and with him give vent to his joy over the precious pearl he had gained in having established his wife's purity.†
established = proven or demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
—that if they perceive thee to be a coarse clown or a dull blockhead, they will suspect me to be some impostor or swindler?
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 2.31-32
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
They put the surcoat on him, and on the back, without his perceiving it, they stitched a parchment on which they wrote in large letters, "This is Don Quixote of La Mancha."
perceiving = being aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.61-62
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prudent
28 uses
he found himself ill-matched as to arms, and did not think it prudent to come to blows with a madman,
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book28 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.21-22
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
They approved of what Sancho proposed, and resolved to wait for him until he brought back word of having found his master.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
...I am determined and resolved to do such deeds that thou mayest deem thyself very fortunate in being found worthy to come and see them, and be an eyewitness of things that will with difficulty be believed.
resolved = having firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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sagacious
7 uses
showing him sagacious in foreseeing the wiles of the enemy
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
the author of my history was no sage, but some ignorant chatterer
sage = wise person
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3-4
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transitory
2 uses
knights-errant look more to that future glory that is everlasting in the ethereal regions of heaven than to the vanity of the fame that is to be acquired in this present transitory life;
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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