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acquaint
27 uses
I got more acquainted with him last Monday than ever I did before.
acquainted = familiar (to know better)
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Book27 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
He had left the country in consequence.
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book20 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20
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2  —13 uses as in:
of little consequence
As to Captain Wentworth's views, she deemed it of more consequence that he should know his own mind early enough not to be endangering the happiness of either sister, or impeaching his own honour, than that he should prefer Henrietta to Louisa, or Louisa to Henrietta.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
The two ladies continued to talk, to re-urge the same admitted truths, and enforce them with such examples of the ill effect of a contrary practice as had fallen within their observation, but Anne heard nothing distinctly; it was only a buzz of words in her ear, her mind was in confusion.
contrary = different (the opposite of what is recommended)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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1st useChapter 23
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2  —1 use as in:
contrary to
A name that I am so very well acquainted with; knew the gentleman so well by sight; seen him a hundred times; came to consult me once, I remember, about a trespass of one of his neighbours; farmer's man breaking into his orchard; wall torn down; apples stolen; caught in the fact; and afterwards, contrary to my judgement, submitted to an amicable compromise.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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3  —7 uses as in:
on the contrary
"She sees nothing to blame in it," replied Anne; "on the contrary, she approves it, and has generally taken me when I have called on Mrs Smith."
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Captain Harville was a tall, dark man, with a sensible, benevolent countenance;
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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disdain
4 uses
A man is in greater danger in the navy of being insulted by the rise of one whose father, his father might have disdained to speak to ... than in any other line.
disdained = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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dispose   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the assets
There was only a small part of his estate that Sir Walter could dispose of;
dispose = sell
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
sell or transfer to another
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
The party was divided and disposed of on two contiguous benches:
disposed = positioned (or arranged; or placed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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3  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
...seemed thoughtful and not disposed to talk,
disposed = inclined (in the mood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
They had no inclination to listen to her.
inclination = desire (attitude favoring)

(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 this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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indulgent
11 uses
after giving him a week's indulgence, Lady Russell determined him to be unworthy of the interest which he had been beginning to excite.
indulgence = extra kind treatment
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 38 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
"The lawyer plods, quite care-worn; the physician is up at all hours, and travelling in all weather; and even the clergyman—" she stopt a moment to consider what might do for the clergyman;—"and even the clergyman, you know is obliged to go into infected rooms, and expose his health and looks to all the injury of a poisonous atmosphere."
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —8 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Captain Harville, though not equalling Captain Wentworth in manners, was a perfect gentleman, unaffected, warm, and obliging.
obliging = helpful or willing to be helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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3  —5 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
Anne felt truly obliged to her for such kindness;
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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prudent
8 uses
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older:
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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recollect
34 uses
Anne's recollections of the concert were quite happy enough to animate her features and make her rejoice to talk of it.
recollections = memories

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book34 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
which I never could quite reconcile with present times.
reconcile = bring into agreement (so it all fit together sensibly)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21
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solicitous
15 uses
nothing could exceed his solicitude and care
solicitude = great concern

(editor's note:  Solicitude is the noun form of the adjective solicitous. The suffix "-tude" is often used to create a noun that means "state, condition, or quality" as seen in the words gratitude, fortitude, and multitude.)
DefinitionGenerally solicitous means:
showing care or concern for someone
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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