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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
My son accompanied me on this journey.
accompanied = traveled along with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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acquaint
29 uses
There was another bookish lad in the town, John Collins by name, with whom I was intimately acquainted.
acquainted = familiar
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
When the hour for business arriv'd it was mov'd to put the vote; he allow'd we might then do it by the rules, but, as he could assure us that a number of members intended to be present for the purpose of opposing it, it would be but candid to allow a little time for their appearing.
candid = honest and straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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contrary   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 14 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a contrary idea
I took the contrary side, perhaps a little for dispute's sake.
contrary = opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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2  —4 uses as in:
contrary to
It is to be noted that the contributions to this building being made by people of different sects, care was taken in the nomination of trustees, in whom the building and ground was to be vested, that a predominancy should not be given to any sect, lest in time that predominancy might be a means of appropriating the whole to the use of such sect, contrary to the original intention.
contrary to = in opposition to
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3  —3 uses as in:
on the contrary
I said, "No; you may, on the contrary, have a very comfortable one, if you will only take care not to enter into any dispute with the Assembly."
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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4  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
In order to secure my credit and character as a tradesman, I took care not only to be in reality industrious and frugal, but to avoid all appearances to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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diffident
3 uses
...the habit of expressing myself in terms of modest diffidence; never using, when I advanced any thing that may possibly be disputed, the words certainly, undoubtedly, or any others that give the air of positiveness to an opinion; but rather say, I conceive or apprehend a thing to be so and so; it appears to me, or...
diffidence = hesitancy and unassertiveness due to a lack of self-confidence
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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diligent
6 uses
I attended the business diligently, studied accounts, and grew, in a little time, expert at selling.
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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discourse
15 uses
...and always took care to start some ingenious or useful topic for discourse, which might tend to improve the minds of his children.
discourse = conversation
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic

or much more rarely: to speak or write formally on a particular topic; or to have a conversation
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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dispute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 32 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
their border dispute
Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute, or desire of victory;
dispute = argument
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —13 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
While we were disputing this, a waiter came to tell me two gentlemen below desir'd to speak with me.
disputing = debating or arguing about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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endeavor
30 uses
I saw the justice of his remark, ... and determined to endeavor at improvement.
endeavor = try or attempt
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book30 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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forbearance
3 uses
I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradiction to the sentiments of others
forbear = refrain (hold back)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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frugal
11 uses
In order to secure my credit and character as a tradesman, I took care not only to be in reality industrious and frugal, but to avoid all appearances to the contrary.
frugal = careful not to waste
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste — typically being careful not to spend much money
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ingenious
18 uses
He was an ingenious man.
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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inhabitant
23 uses
The Indians had burned Gnadenhut, a village settled by the Moravians, and massacred the inhabitants
inhabitants = people (who live in a particular place)
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Book23 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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prudent
10 uses
we want, above all things, rules of prudence in ordinary affairs;
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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resignation
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
...advis'd me to resign, as more consistent with my honour than being turn'd out.
resign = quit (the job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
resolve
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
perform without fail what you resolve.
resolve = definitely decide to do
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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