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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 or accordingly 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
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book40 uses
Library53 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
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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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7-9
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apprehend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
'I apprehend you never supposed my worldly circumstances to be very good,' replied the assistant.†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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2  —3 uses as in:
apprehend misfortune
Steerforth not yet appearing, which induced me to apprehend that he must be ill, I left the Commons early on the third day, and walked out to Highgate.†
apprehend = fear

(editor's note:  This is commonly seen in the forms apprehensive or apprehension, but it is also seen in this form in classic literature.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
fear, or anticipate with worry
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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approach
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
Even when he kissed her — and I never saw him approach her, but I felt that nature had given him the soul of a gentleman — she seemed to cling closer to her uncle, even to the avoidance of her chosen husband.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
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)

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavor.)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book50 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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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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
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 52-54
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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
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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venerate
9 uses
he had a profound veneration for my abilities
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence

(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 venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
I imagined it would be a kind of company to have the boys, and the bedroom where I used to tell the stories, so near me: although the boys would know nothing of my being there, and the bedroom would yield me no shelter.†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13-15
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2  —12 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I didn't have it in my mind a minute ago, to say a word about myself; but it come up so nat'ral, that I yielded to it afore I was aweer.'†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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