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acquit
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she was acquitted
Matthews had been confident. Not a doubt of the verdict. Acquittal practically certain.
acquittal = an official finding of "not guilty"
From page 59.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.59.6
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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
From page 103.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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1st useChapter 7, p.103.8
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
"It's of no consequence," said the judge.
consequence = importance
From page 34.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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1st useChapter 2, p.34.9
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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
From page 154.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useEpil., p.261.2
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
His hands shook. It was such a contrast to his restraint of a few minutes ago that Armstrong was quite taken aback.
contrast = something notably different compared (to something else)
From page 95  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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1st useChapter 6, p.95
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determine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
is determined to succeed
Vera said in a determined voice: "Now let us look for the revolver."
determined = firm in purpose
From page 190.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.193.3
2  —1 use as in:
I determined what to do
And I determined to commit not one murder, but murder on a grand scale.
determined = decided

(editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
From page 264.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of determine means:
decide
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useEpil., p.264.6
direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
All his suspicions were directed against Lombard and I pretended...
directed = focused
From page 269.7  Typical Usage
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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Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useEpil., p.269.7
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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

(editor's note:  In this context, palpably is a synonym for clearly.)
From page 262.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useEpil., p.262.7
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
engage
5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
engage her services
We were engaged by letter, through an agency.
engaged = hired
From page 51.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.53.5
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
"Old established firm," he volunteered.
established = long-existing
From page 51.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 3, p.51.2
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2  —3 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
We have now dealt with the second killing, and have established the fact that no one of us can be completely exonerated from suspicion.
established = demonstrated
From page 145.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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 9, p.142.9
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grave
11 uses
General Macarthur said gravely: "None of us are going to leave the island."
gravely = solemnly (in a very serious manner)
From page 116.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.6.9
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indignant
4 uses
Your indignation is very natural.
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust

(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.)
From page 141.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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1st useChapter 5, p.77.9
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nevertheless
9 uses
Death was very near to Philip Lombard now. It had never, he knew, been nearer. Nevertheless he was not beaten yet.
nevertheless = in spite of what was just said (used to connect contrasting ideas)
From page 240.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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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Book9 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4, p.59.1
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preserve
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
preserve the records
Five people who watched each other, who now hardly troubled to hide their state of nervous tension. ... They were five enemies linked together by a mutual instinct of self-preservation.
preservation = protection
From page 191.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of preserve means:
to protect something or to keep it as it is
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Book6 uses
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1st useChapter 4, p.61.4
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reflect
5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I want to reflect on it.
Constance Culmington, he reflected to himself, was exactly the sort of woman who would buy an island and surround herself with mystery!
reflected = thought
From page 3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14, p.218
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
sheer fun
And anyway it's a sheer impossibility that Armstrong can be in the house.
sheer = complete
From page 229.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7, p.100.6
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2  —2 uses as in:
a sheer cliff
It's pretty sheer. [the cliff]
sheer = steep
From page 114.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
so steep it is almost vertical
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8, p.111.5
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tone
11 uses
There was urgency in Rogers' tone.
tone = quality of voice expressing a feeling
From page 47.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.6.2
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