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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 45 uses
1  —40 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
I readily pledged myself to accompany him in accordance with his wish.
accordance = keeping (or 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
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Book40 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —5 uses as in:
done of her own accord
I was charmed by her presently asking me, of her own accord, to give her that cookery-book I had once spoken of,
own accord = own mind (without prompting or anyone telling her to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40-42
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allude
40 uses
by which he meant snail, and this was in allusion to his being slow to go,
allusion = an indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7-9
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complacent
8 uses
Mr. Dick was so very complacent ... that I am sorry to say I was provoked into explaining to him that ruin meant distress, want, and starvation;
complacent = happily satisfied (too a fault)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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disparage
9 uses
I found a great many foxes, disparaging whole vineyards of inaccessible grapes;
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important

(editor's note:  this references Aesop's fable in which a fox cannot reach a bunch of grapes and so declares that they are not worth having anyway.)
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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endeavor
50 uses
Without such assurance I should certainly have left it alone, and bestowed my energy on some other endeavour.
endeavour = project (attempting to do something else)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book50 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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engender
6 uses
I had been out, one day, loitering somewhere, in the listless, meditative manner that my way of life engendered, when...
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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entreat
37 uses
I entreat Mr. Traddles to bear with me in entering into these details.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book37 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 58-60
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impetuous
6 uses
Mr. Micawber, whose impetuosity I had restrained thus far with the greatest difficulty,
impetuosity = impulsiveness (the trait of acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 76 uses
1  —42 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
He had a hammer in his hand, and his mouth was full of little nails, which he was obliged to take out before he could speak.
obliged = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book42 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —12 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Perhaps he voted for somebody, or lent money to somebody, or bought something of somebody, or otherwise obliged somebody, or jobbed for somebody, who knew somebody who got the lieutenant of the county to nominate him for the commission.
obliged = granted a favor to someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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3  —22 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I could have wished he had been less obliged to me, for he hovered about me in his gratitude all the rest of the evening;
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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passage
1 use
' He read this passage as if it were from an Act of Parliament; and appeared majestically refreshed by the sound of the words.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 52-54
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remonstrate
18 uses
'My dearest,' I remonstrated, 'don't talk preposterous nonsense!'
remonstrated = protested
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40-42
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reproach
31 uses
There was no higher praise for her; no higher reproach for me.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book31 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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repudiate
3 uses
Mr. Micawber sat in his elbow-chair, with his eyebrows raised; half receiving and half repudiating Mrs. Micawber's views...
repudiating = rejecting
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 38 uses
1  —26 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I had resolved to run away.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book26 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 46-48
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2  —10 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
'I am only trying to show you, my dear, that you must — you really must' (I was resolved not to give this up) — 'accustom yourself to look after Mary Anne.'
resolved = determined (having firm purpose or having firmly decided)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
An opportune double knock at the door, which I knew well from old experience in Windsor Terrace, and which nobody but Mr. Micawber could ever have knocked at that door, resolved any doubt in my mind as to their being my old friends.
resolved = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 25-27
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sagacious
8 uses
he always consulted me in any little matter of doubt that arose, and invariably guided himself by my advice; not only having a high respect for my native sagacity, but considering that I inherited a good deal from my aunt.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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