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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
And how you should play it according to the rules.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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apparent
1 use
Apparently before he phoned me he'd just had a long, rather harrowing letter from your latest headmaster, to the effect that you were making absolutely no effort at all.
apparently = obviously or clearly
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library55 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 24
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approximate
1 use
Well, approximately.†
approximately = about (but not exactly)
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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1st useChapter 9
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asthma
1 use
She had asthma pretty bad.†
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
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1st useChapter 24
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Charles Dickens
2 uses
Her goddam hat blows off and he catches it, and then they go upstairs and sit down and start talking about Charles Dickens.†
Charles Dickens = arguably one of the English language's best writers and the foremost writer of the Victorian Era whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
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1st useChapter 18
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distinct
2 uses
You said fifteen bucks till noon, all right, but I distinctly heard you—†
distinctly = in a manner that is clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
DefinitionGenerally distinct means:
clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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genuine
2 uses
They were these very inexpensive-looking suitcases—the ones that aren't genuine leather or anything.†
genuine = real
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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1st useChapter 15
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Holland
1 use
What I'd do, I figured, I'd go down to the Holland Tunnel and bum a ride, and then I'd bum another one, and another one, and another one, and in a few days I'd be somewhere out West where it was very pretty and sunny and where nobody'd know me and I'd get a job.†
Holland = Informal reference to The Netherlands (confusion arises because important provinces in The Netherlands are North Holland and South Holland).
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1st useChapter 25
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
"However, you dropped me a little note, at the bottom of the page," he said.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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infinite
1 use
But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they're brilliant and creative to begin with—which, unfortunately, is rarely the case—tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative.†
infinitely = unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
...and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen. It's really ironical, because I'm six foot two and a half and I have gray hair.
ironical = when what is happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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Monsieur
1 use
Monsieur Blanchard was his name, I can still remember.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to Mr. in English

or:

French equivalent to sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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opera
1 use
If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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positive
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I was even positive I would be.†
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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prejudice
1 use
Not that he was prejudiced or anything, but he just wanted to know.
prejudiced = had unreasonable and unfair beliefs or feelings — especially against members of a race, religion, or other group
DefinitionGenerally prejudice means:
to have unreasonable belief — especially when unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group

or more generally:

to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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recite
2 uses
Some guys in school hardly ever get up to recite or go to the blackboard.
recite = say or read aloud
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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1st useChapter 22
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stationery
2 uses
So all of a sudden, I ran like a madman across the street—I damn near got killed doing it, if you want to know the truth—and went in this stationery store and bought a pad and pencil.†
stationery = paper and envelopes for writing letters
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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tinge
1 use
All those scraggylooking Santa Clauses were standing on corners ringing those bells, and the Salvation Army girls, the ones that don't wear any lipstick or anything, were tinging bells too.†
tinging = a slight amount; or to contain a slight amount
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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unanimous
1 use
I mean he was the unanimous choice.†
unanimous = with everyone in agreement
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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