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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
Library46 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 — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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amiable
26 uses
he might have had amiable intentions.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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candid
16 uses
"We admire the people who possess the practical wisdom we want, but we don't quarrel with them.  Then why should they quarrel with us?  Live and let live, we say to them. Live upon your practical wisdom, and let us live upon you!"

He laughed, but as usual seemed quite candid and really to mean what he said.
candid = honest and direct
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 52-54
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complacent
10 uses
Miss Flite received the compliment with complacency and dropped a general curtsy to us.
complacency = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13-15
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condescending
25 uses
He had no sense of the honour done him and his daughter by the lady's condescension;
condescension = the act of doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book25 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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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
Library25 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
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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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disdain
12 uses
My Lady, with a disdainful gesture of the hand that holds the screen, assures him of his being worth no complaint from her.
disdainful = showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book12 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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entreat
35 uses
I beg and entreat of you not to do it.
entreat = attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book35 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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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
Library21 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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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 (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book27 uses
Library5 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
Library5 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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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remonstrate
21 uses
Mr. William Guppy, however, having got the advantage, cannot quite release it without a little more injured remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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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
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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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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