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acquiesce
2 uses
Vera had acquiesced.
acquiesced = complied
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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acquit
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she was acquitted
So incredible that they acquitted her.
acquitted = found her "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
He said: "Got any alternative theory?"
alternative = something available as another possibility
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condone
2 uses
I'm glad to say they did not condone her behaviour.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
If amyl nitrite were withheld—well, the consequences might easily be fatal.†
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
"It's of no consequence," said the judge.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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contradict
3 uses
He can swear the body's been dead at least an hour and who's to contradict him?
contradict = disagree with
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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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
It was such a contrast to his restraint of a few minutes ago that Armstrong was quite taken aback.
contrast = something noticeably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
The mid-day meal had been duly eaten-but there had been no conventional formality about it.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
All his suspicions were directed against Lombard and I pretended to concur in these.
directed = focused
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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2  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
On at least two occasions I stopped cases where to my mind the accused was palpably innocent, directing the jury that there was no case.
directing = instructing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
She looked at the other three, her glance and voice had that slight suggestion of command in it that comes from having occupied a position of authority. She might have been directing which tennis sets the girls were to play in.
directing = supervising
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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disparage
1 use
...said to him:  "You've seen a bit of the world, I fancy?"  Lombard shrugged his shoulders disparagingly.
disparagingly = making it seem unimportant
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
"Old established firm," he volunteered.
established = long-existing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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2  —3 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
It is established, I think, that there is a possibility of such a thing as I have outlined occurring.
established = known or proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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grave
9 uses
The position is fraught with grave danger.
grave = serious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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nevertheless
8 uses
He was very ably defended and made a good impression on the jury in the witness box. Nevertheless, on the evidence, he was certainly guilty.
nevertheless = in spite of what was just said (used to connect contrasting ideas)
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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perjury
4 uses
It's my opinion that he committed ... perjury in the Landor case.
perjury = the criminal offense of making false statements under oath
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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reflect
5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
reflect in the mirror
He stood up and scrutinized himself anxiously in the glass. The face reflected there was of a slightly military cast with a moustache.
reflected = shown (back)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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?  —4 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
tone
11 uses
He had said in the same casual tone: "And you can't give me any further information?"
tone = general feeling or mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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