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acquaint
33 uses
True, true, you are acquainted with Miss Fairfax; I remember you knew her at Weymouth,
acquainted = familiar (or a friend or associate)
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Book33 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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amiable
36 uses
That sweet, amiable Jane Fairfax!
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book36 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
The day approached, the day arrived; and after a morning of some anxious watching, Frank Churchill, in all the certainty of his own self, reached Randalls before dinner, and every thing was safe.†
approached = got near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Book2 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1-2
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
We have never been there above once since the new approach was made; but still I have no doubt that James will take you very safely.
approach = route (way to get somewhere)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 34 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
there is no end of the sad consequences of your going to South End.
consequences = results (things that will happen because)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book18 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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2  —16 uses as in:
of little consequence
I hope he will be here to-morrow, for I have a question or two to ask him about myself of some consequence.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.7-8
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...but your countenance testifies that your thoughts on this subject are very much like mine.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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credulous
1 use
No lurking horrors were to upbraid him for his easy credulity.
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)

(editor's note:  to upbraid is to scold or verbally criticize someone)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 3.5-6
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Oh! go to-day, go to-day. Do not defer it.
defer = postpone (put off until another time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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forbearance
8 uses
Her sensibilities, I suspect, are strong—and her temper excellent in its power of forbearance, patience, self-control; but it wants openness.
forbearance = patience, tolerance, or self-control
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
I am very much inclined to think that
inclined = with a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
(inclining his head, and whispering seriously)
inclining = bending (or tilting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.17-18
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 111 uses
1  —55 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
She was obliged to break off from these very pleasant observations, which were otherwise of a sort to run into great length, by the eagerness of Harriet's wondering questions.
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book55 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
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2  —34 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
He had gone three miles round one day in order to bring her some walnuts, because she had said how fond she was of them, and in every thing else he was so very obliging.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book34 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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3  —22 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
So obliged to you for the carriage last night.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
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prudent
8 uses
Harriet had business at Ford's.—Emma thought it most prudent to go with her.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
In the meanwhile, she resolved against seeing Harriet.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.17-18
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She was quite concerned and ashamed, and resolved to do such things no more.
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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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sagacious
1 use
...and were thinking of themselves, as the evening wonder in many a family circle, with great sagacity.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.17-18
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venerate
1 use
But it is a pleasure to me to admire him at a distance—and to think of his infinite superiority to all the rest of the world, with the gratitude, wonder, and veneration,
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3-4
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