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apprehend   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
'And, translating the word yokel for the benefit of the ladies, I apprehend your meaning to be, that this attempt was not made by a countryman?' said Mr. Losberne, with a smile.†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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2  —1 use as in:
apprehend the criminal
One day he came up to the office, all in a hurry, and had a private interview with the magistrate, who, after a deal of talk, rings the bell, and orders Jem Spyers in (Jem was a active officer), and tells him to go and assist Mr. Chickweed in apprehending the man as robbed his house.†
apprehending = catching and arresting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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3  —1 use as in:
apprehend misfortune
Mr. Brownlow, seeming to apprehend that his singular friend was about to say something disagreeable, asked Oliver to step downstairs and tell Mrs. Bedwin they were ready for tea; which, as he did not half like the visitor's manner, he was very happy to do.†
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
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Book1 use
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1st useChapter 14
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attribute
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
Shadows on the wall have caught your whispers, and brought them to my ear; the sight of the persecuted child has turned vice itself, and given it the courage and almost the attributes of virtue.†
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
He had listened to their taunts with a look of contempt;
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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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
Library16 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
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — 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
Library62 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

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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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 to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book12 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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2  —3 uses 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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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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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, complain, or criticize
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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
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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
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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