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adapted
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
Had we gone into the trenches without this period of training most of us would certainly have gone mad. Only thus were we prepared for what awaited us. We did not break down, but adapted ourselves;
adapted = changed to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapted means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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agitate
5 uses
Only the young recruits are agitated.
agitated = nervous
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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1st useChapter 1
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bound   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 15 uses
1  —1 use as in:
south-bound lanes
A rumour is going round that there may be peace, but the other story is more likely—that we are bound for Russia.
bound = to travel to a specific location
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —7 uses as in:
bound together
This dead man is bound up with my life,
bound = connected or tied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
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Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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3  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
Meanwhile we bind him, but in such a way that in case of attack he can be released at once.
bind = tie up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to be constrained in some way — such as tied up, prevented, required, or obligated
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "Her wrists were bound." — tied up
  • "I am bound by my word." — required or obligated (in this case to keep a promise)
  • "It is a binding contract." — must be obeyed (The people who signed the contract are legally required to do what it says or suffer legal penalties.)
  • "He is muscle bound." — prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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4  —6 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
I am almost in, there is a rising screech, I bound, I run like a deer...
bound = leap
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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comprehend
7 uses
They have worries, aims, desires, that I cannot comprehend.
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The wisest were just the poor and simple people. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas those who were better off, and should have been able to see more clearly what the consequences would be, were beside themselves with joy.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book3 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
I think no more of the dead man, he is of no consequence to me now.
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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contradict
1 use
  "It isn't any use to the Kaiser either. He has everything he can want already."
  "I'm not so sure about that," contradicts Kat, "he has not had a war up till now. And every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous."
contradicts = disagrees
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
The devil take all conventions, they were made for other times;
conventions = behaviors regarded as normal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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demented
2 uses
He is absolutely mad for he has to pass through the barrage; but this lightning that lowers somewhere above us all has struck him and made him demented.
demented = crazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
On my return nothing more was to be seen of the first one, it had been blown to pieces by a direct hit.
direct = exact
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
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
  "If only I knew how much the operation costs," says he.
  "Have you not asked?"
  "Not directly, I cannot do that—the surgeon might take it amiss and that would not do; he must operate on mother."
directly = in a straightforward manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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nevertheless
4 uses
He did indeed always refer to us as swine, but there was, nevertheless, a certain respect in his tone.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(editor's note:  Swine is a synonym for pigs.)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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notwithstanding
1 use
With us food is pretty scarce and none too good at that—turnips cut into six pieces and boiled in water, and unwashed carrot tops—mouldy potatoes are tit-bits... Everything gets eaten, notwithstanding,
notwithstanding = despite what was just said (in this case, even though the food is bad, it all gets eaten)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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onslaught
2 uses
The onslaught has exhausted us.
onslaught = powerful attack
DefinitionGenerally onslaught means:
a powerful attack

or:

a sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled — such as trouble, people or communications
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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peasant
10 uses
Our peasants are hard and cunning when they bargain.
peasants = uneducated farmers
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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ration
12 uses
...there is a double ration of sausage and bread.
ration = a fixed portion of food given as a share
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book12 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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solidarity
1 use
It is a great brotherhood, which adds something of the good-fellowship of the folk-song, of the feeling of solidarity of convicts, and of the desperate loyalty to one another of men condemned to death, to a condition of life arising out of the midst of danger...
solidarity = shared sympathies and mutual support
DefinitionGenerally solidarity means:
a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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