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alacrity
3 uses
The girl jumped up, with great alacrity; poured it quickly out, but with her back towards him; and held the vessel to his lips, while he drank off the contents.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Any sound of men in that lonely place, even though it conveyed a real cause of alarm, was something to him.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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2  —5 uses as in:
convey her safely to
The house to which Oliver had been conveyed, was in the neighborhood of Whitechapel.†
conveyed = transported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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desist
2 uses
Notwithstanding the evidently useless nature of their search, they did not desist until the coming on of night rendered its further prosecution hopeless; and even then, they gave it up with reluctance.
desist = to not do something
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 46 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
depart directly
Crackit intimated, by a motion of his hand as he left the room, that there was nothing to fear; and directly came back with Charley Bates behind him.†
directly = in a short time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book25 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
His way lay directly in front of the cottage.†
directly = exactly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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3  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
And now, I come to a very important passage in Oliver's history; for I have to record an act, slight and unimportant perhaps in appearance, but which indirectly produced a material change in all his future prospects and proceedings.†
indirectly = in a complicated, non-obvious manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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4  —12 uses as in:
directed her question to
At this part of the recital Monks held his breath, and listened with a face of intense eagerness, though his eyes were not directed towards the speaker.†
directed = pointed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book12 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Thus directed, the bearers trotted on under their light burden; and the two mourners kept as near them, as they could.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
the hideous and discordant din that resounded from every corner of the market
discordant = unpleasant combination of sounds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
Having disposed of these evil-minded persons for the night,
disposed = finished with them for the evening (settled things so they no longer required attention)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
...she was disposed to be too communicative,
disposed = inclined (had a tendency)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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engender
3 uses
the perspiration which his rage had engendered
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The two hastened back together, to bear to Mr. Fagin the animating news that the Dodger was doing full justice to his bringing-up, and establishing for himself a glorious reputation.†
establishing = creating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 43
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
It appears, at first sight not unreasonable to suppose, that, if he had entertained a becoming feeling of respect for the prediction of the gentleman in the white waistcoat, he would have established that sage individual's prophetic character, once and for ever, by tying one end of his pocket-handkerchief to a hook in the wall, and attaching himself to the other.†
established = demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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illustrate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
And then he made a great many other remarks, no less illustrative of his humility, which were received with equal favour and applause, and were, withal, as original and as much to the purpose, as the remarks of great men commonly are.
illustrative = serving as a demonstration
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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impetuous
7 uses
all undertaken with his characteristic impetuosity.
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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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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remonstrate
12 uses
At any other time, this remonstrance, and the tone in which it was delivered, would have had the desired effect; but the girl being really weak and exhausted, dropped her head over the back of the chair, and fainted, before...
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
In such a case I could show you reasons, I think, which would induce you to yield it.†
yield = provide or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
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2  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
But Oliver's patience was not proof against this new trial; and yielding to his first impulse, he sprang into her arms.†
yielding = giving in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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