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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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amiable
36 uses
That sweet, amiable Jane Fairfax!
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book36 uses
Library4 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
Kitty, a fair but frozen maid, Kindled a flame I yet deplore, The hood-wink'd boy I called to aid, Though of his near approach afraid, So fatal to my suit before.†
approach = coming
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book2 uses
Library104 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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.7-8
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censure
6 uses
"I do not think he is conceited either, in general," said Harriet, her conscience opposing such censure;
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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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
Library28 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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.7-8
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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
Library1 use 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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book3 uses
Library10 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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.17-18
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
Even before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal office of governess, the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint; and the shadow of authority being now long passed away, they had been living together as friend and friend very mutually attached, and Emma doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment, but directed chiefly by her own.†
nominal = in name, but not in reality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
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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 (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
Library6 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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recollect
40 uses
but when I recollect all the uneasiness I occasioned her, and how little I deserve to be forgiven, I am mad with anger.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book40 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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refute
1 use
though the accusation had been eagerly refuted at the time, there were moments of self-examination in which her conscience could not quite acquit her.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.1-2
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remonstrate
4 uses
I cannot see you acting wrong, without a remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15-16
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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 1000
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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sanguine
8 uses
but a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1-2
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