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The Count of Monte Cristo
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contrast
14 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
And Maximilian was patient, and employed himself in mentally contrasting the two girls,—one fair, with soft languishing eyes, a figure gracefully bending like a weeping willow; the other a brunette, with a fierce and haughty expression, and as straight as a poplar.
contrasting = pointing to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 57-58
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?  —10 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 37 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Pray put no construction on my words I do not mean they should convey, and give them no undue weight.†
convey = communicate or express
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 47-48
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2  —28 uses as in:
convey her safely to
Ali and his master conveyed the wounded man into a room.†
conveyed = transported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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Book28 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5-6
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 24 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Well, over that coach-house are the servants' rooms, with bells corresponding with the different apartments.†
corresponding = matching
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11-12
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2  —17 uses as in:
corresponding by email
Yes; and I wrote, and will show you my correspondence, if you like.†
correspondence = written letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-14
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3  —2 uses as in:
a correspondence course
Probably you have some correspondent in Greece?†
correspondent = an agent who represents someone in a distant place based on written communication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 65-66
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direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 107 uses
1  —33 uses as in:
depart directly
Directly afterwards the moon rose.†
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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Book33 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-2
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2  —20 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
"What would your excellency like?" and Peppino placed his pan on the ground, so that the steam rose directly under the nostrils of Danglars.†
directly = close
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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Book20 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39-40
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3  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
He resolved, therefore, to let things take their course without making any direct overture to the count. ... However, he resolved to lead the conversation to a subject which might possibly clear up his doubts.†
direct = clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 53-54
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4  —29 uses as in:
directed her question to
And Villefort, with his papers under his arm and hat in hand, directed his steps toward the apartment of his wife.†
directed = aimed
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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Book29 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 33-34
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5  —13 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
"And will you direct us?" exclaimed the young man.†
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 33-34
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6  —8 uses as in:
directed the movie
And whom will you employ to carry the reprieve to the officer directing the execution?†
directing = supervising
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book8 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-12
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Order was re-established in the hall, except that a few people still moved about and whispered to one another.†
re-established = restored
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book15 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 93-94
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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Marriage is a civil affair in France, and in order to marry in an orthodox manner you must have papers which undeniably establish your identity.†
establish = prove
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 81-82
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immaterial
4 uses
"True," said Monte Cristo, "the loss of a sum of money becomes almost immaterial with a fortune such as you possess, and to one of your philosophic spirit."
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 59-60
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perfidy
2 uses
"Provided I understand your perfidy, sir, and succeed in making you understand that I will be revenged, I shall be reasonable enough," said Albert furiously.
perfidy = act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 95-96
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sagacious
5 uses
Morcerf asked leave to retire; he had to collect the documents he had long been preparing against this storm, which his sagacity had foreseen.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9-10
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transitory
1 use
Fortunately, as regarded this circumstance at least, his painful past gave to his countenance an indelible sadness, and the glimmerings of gayety seen beneath this cloud were indeed but transitory.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23-24
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 58 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
"Do you hear him, Valentine?" exclaimed Haidee; "he says that through me he will suffer—through me, who would yield my life for his."†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 105-106
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2  —51 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The eight oars fell into the sea simultaneously without splashing a drop of water, and the boat, yielding to the impulsion, glided forward.†
yielding = giving in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book51 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-18
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