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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Miss Barry put us in the spare room, according to promise.
according to = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
Depend upon it, Marilla, she'll cool off in a week or so and be ready enough to go back of her own accord,
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
True, Anne could not help a little pang when she contrasted her plain black tam and shapeless, tight-sleeved, homemade gray-cloth coat with Diana's jaunty fur cap and smart little jacket.†
contrasted = compared to show differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19
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contrite
3 uses
"I'm awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne," he whispered contritely.
contritely = with a feeling sorrow or regret for having done something wrong
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...all questions and explanations might as well be deferred until he was safely back at Green Gables.
deferred = postponed (put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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doleful
2 uses
"I'll try to be a model pupil," agreed Anne dolefully.
dolefully = full of sorrow
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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grave
7 uses
Anne knelt at Marilla's knee and looked up gravely.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
...when Sam Sloane proceeded to explain and illustrate "How Sockery Set a Hen" Anne laughed until people sitting near her laughed too, more out of sympathy with her than with amusement at a selection that was rather threadbare even in Avonlea;†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19
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2  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
Go into the sitting room, Anne—be sure your feet are clean and don't let any flies in—and bring me out the illustrated card that's on the mantelpiece.†
illustrated = accompanied by a drawing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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inert
1 use
She had never seen Marilla sit limply inert like that.
inert = lethargic and without interest
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
  "But what does Titian hair mean?"
  "Being interpreted it means plain red, I guess," laughed Anne. "Titian
was a very famous artist who liked to paint red-haired women."†
interpreted = understood (in a particular way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
her musical interpretation
When the concert was over.... The professional elocutionist, Mrs. Evans, came and chatted with her, telling her that she had a charming voice and "interpreted" her selections beautifully.†
interpreted = expressed personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing someone else's work
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
express personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing (or performing to) someone else's work
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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kindred
16 uses
Matthew and I are such kindred spirits I can read his thoughts without words at all.
kindred = similar or related in quality or character
DefinitionGenerally kindred means:
similar or related in quality or character

or:

closely related — such as family or things with shared origin
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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penitent
3 uses
Mournful penitence appeared on every feature.
penitence = sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
In the preceding February he had resigned his charge and departed amid the regrets of his people,
resigned = quit (the job/position)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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2  —5 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
I am resigned to my fate now,
resigned = though not desired; have accepted as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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resolute
9 uses
"You mustn't sell Green Gables," said Anne resolutely.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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revere
8 uses
Anne walked through it on her way to school with reverent steps and worshiping eyes, as if she trod on holy ground.
reverent = with feelings of deep respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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twilight
19 uses
It was nearly dark, for the full November twilight had fallen around Green Gables, and the only light in the kitchen came from the dancing red flames in the stove.
twilight = the light from the sky when the sun is just below the horizon (in this case, just after sunset; though in other instances, it could be just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time

or:

a condition of decline following successes
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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wistful
11 uses
"If I had been the boy you sent for," said Anne wistfully, "I'd be able to help you so much now and spare you in a hundred ways."
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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