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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
Fred secretly felt that his future was guaranteed against the fulfilment of Mary's sarcastic prophecies, apart from that "anything" which he was ready to do if she would define it He never dared in Mary's presence to approach the subject of his expectations from Mr. Featherstone, and she always ignored them, as if everything depended on himself.†
approach = begin communication with someone about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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candid
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
your candid opinion
"Come, Toller, be candid," said Mr. Farebrother.
candid = honest and straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 7
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conjecture
30 uses
I will not deny that you conjecture rightly.
conjecture = form an opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book30 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 81 uses
1  —69 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Of course if a woman accepts the wrong man, she must take the consequences, and one who does it twice over deserves her fate.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book69 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —12 uses as in:
of little consequence
"Beauty is of very little consequence in reality," said Rosamond, turning her head towards Mary, but with eyes swerving towards the new view of her neck in the glass.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
Fred wrote the lines demanded in a hand as gentlemanly as that of any viscount or bishop of the day: the vowels were all alike and the consonants only distinguishable as turning up or down, the strokes had a blotted solidity and the letters disdained to keep the line—in short, it was a manuscript of that venerable kind easy to interpret when you know beforehand what the writer means.
consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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1st useChapter 6
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
I have deferred it too long,
deferred = postponed (delayed until a later time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 5
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
invited to step from the labor and discord of the street into a paradise where everything is given to you
discord = conflict (or unpleasant noise)
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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1st useChapter 4
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
On both occasions Fred had felt confident that he should meet the bill himself, having ample funds at disposal in his own hopefulness.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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indulgent
21 uses
He was one of those rare men who are rigid to themselves and indulgent to others.
indulgent = treat with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 84 uses
1  —44 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
I am not obliged to tell you.
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book44 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —20 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Oblige me by letting the subject drop, Naumann.
oblige = grant a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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3  —20 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
"I shall be exceedingly obliged if you will look in on me here occasionally, Mr. Lydgate," the banker observed, after a brief pause.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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pedantic
2 uses
"He's a cursed white-blooded pedantic coxcomb," said Will, with gnashing impetuosity.
pedantic = with excessive concern for formal rules, details, or book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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1st useChapter 2
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prodigal
2 uses
For my own part, I regretted your alliance with my brother-in-law's family, which has always been of prodigal habits,
prodigal = recklessly wasteful
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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1st useChapter 4
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rectify
2 uses
Lydgate did not make the affair a ground for valuing himself or (very particularly) despising Minchin, such rectification of misjudgments often happening among men of equal qualifications.
rectification = correction

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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1st useChapter 5
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remonstrate
23 uses
Dorothea quietly persisted in spite of remonstrance and persuasion.
remonstrance = argument in opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
It seems to me very miserable not to resolve on some course and act accordingly.
resolve = decide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Permanent rebellion, the disorder of a life without some loving reverent resolve, was not possible to her;
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePrel
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waive
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
waive the discussion
With this feeling uppermost, he continued to waive the question of the chaplaincy, and to persuade himself that it was not only no proper business of his, but likely enough never to vex him with a demand for his vote.†
waive = not engage in
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1st useChapter 3
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