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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 55 uses
1  —52 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
arranged in exact accordance with the wishes of your guardian
accordance = agreement with
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
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Book52 uses
Library51 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
The lady said, of her own accord and not of his seeking, that her name was an assumed one.
own accord = own mind (voluntarily without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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acquit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
she was acquitted
The subject was a woman, whose husband was ignorantly convicted of having murdered her; but on solemn appeal to a higher court, he was acquitted because it was shown upon the evidence that she had died the death of which this name of spontaneous combustion is given.†
acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
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
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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2  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
And Mr. Richard Carstone, who has so meritoriously acquitted himself in the—shall I say the classic shades?†
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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apprehend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
"So I apprehend it's pretty clear," said Richard to me, "that I shall have to work my own way."†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7-9
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2  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the criminal
Now, with regard to the party to be apprehended.†
apprehended = arrested
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 52-54
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 60 uses
1  —54 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
If you get into debt, you must pay your debts or take the consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book54 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4-6
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2  —6 uses as in:
of little consequence
It is not an illness of any serious consequence, Sir Leicester.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 7-9
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deport   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 43 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deport from the U.S.
I'd deport him!
deport = force (him) to leave the country
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
force someone to leave a country
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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2  —42 uses as in:
deport herself with dignity
deporting himself so beautifully
deporting = behaving (in a manner)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
behave in a certain manner
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Book42 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
We found our old lodging vacant, and in half an hour were quietly established there, as if we had never gone away.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book11 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 46-48
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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Under one of the wills in dispute, I should take much more than he. I don't mean to say that it is the one to be established, but there it is, and it has its chance.†
established = accepted (legally)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10-12
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however
83 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
However much she tried...
"A family home," he ruminates as he marches along, "however small it is, makes a man like me look lonely."†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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unquizzed meaning  —77 uses
nominal
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
he's nominally in charge
Nominally five hundred.†
nominally = officially (in word, but not in reality)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 66 uses
1  —27 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
"I am sorry, ladies," he said, standing bare-headed at the carriage-door when all was ready, "that I am obliged to conduct you nearly two miles out of the way."
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book27 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —10 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
"Why this," returns George, not able to be very conciliatory at first, "is Matthew Bagnet, who has obliged me in that matter of ours, you know."
obliged = granted a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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3  —29 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for one of the pleasantest evenings I ever spent in my life.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book29 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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quibble
1 use
Act as if I was— shut my mouth up, tell me not to commit myself, keep circumstances back, chop the evidence small, quibble, and get me off perhaps!
quibble = argue about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
...and no human creature could render her any aid.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
I was rendered motionless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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