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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I can't abide ugliness in factories!
abide = tolerate (live with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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aghast
1 use
'He's gone off his rocker!' shouted one of the fathers, aghast, and the other parents joined in the chorus of frightened shouting.
aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay
DefinitionGenerally aghast means:
shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay (sadness, disappointment, or worry)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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bound
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
He's bound to come out in the wash.
bound = almost certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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delectable
1 use
The grass you are standing on, my dear little ones, is made of a new kind of soft, minty sugar that I've just invented! I call it swudge! Try a blade! Please do! It's delectable!
delectable = extremely pleasing
DefinitionGenerally delectable means:
extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
depart directly
Then I had them loaded on to trucks and sent directly to my own factory.
directly = straight (without delay or interruption)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
'Imported direct from Loompaland,' said Mr Wonka proudly.
direct = straight (without going anywhere else first)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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however
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Then Mr Prodnose's factory came out with a chewing-gum that never lost its flavour however much you chewed it.
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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indignant
1 use
'They most certainly would!' cried Mr Gloop indignantly.
indignantly = angered by something unjust
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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intrigue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was intrigued
...mystic and marvelous surprises that will entrance, delight, intrigue, astonish, and perplex you beyond measure.
intrigue = interest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intrigue means:
cause to be interested, curious, or fascinated
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
If you leave him in the chocolate-mixing barrel too long, he's liable to get poured out into the fudge boiler,
liable = maybe going to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of liable means:
likely to; or maybe going to
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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loathe
1 use
This boy, who only just before
Was loathed by men from shore to shore,
loathed = intensely disliked
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
detest or intensely dislike
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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ludicrous
1 use
She chewed in church and on the bus;
It really was quite ludicrous!
ludicrous = ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally ludicrous means:
absurd in an amusing way
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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perish
1 use
They'd perish if they went outdoors in this weather!
perish = die
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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positive
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
We're positive he'd never give
Even the smallest bit of fun
Or happiness to anyone.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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precipice
1 use
Then suddenly, as though it had come to the top of the hill and gone over a precipice, it dropped like a stone...
precipice = cliff
DefinitionGenerally precipice means:
a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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repulsive
3 uses
'And what a repulsive boy,' said Grandma Georgina.
repulsive = disgusting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of repulsive means:
very unpleasant or causing disgust
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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therefore
1 use
Nobody except squirrels can get walnuts whole out of walnut shells every time. ... Therefore I have to have squirrels to do the job.
therefore = for that reason
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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thus
1 use
Often, Charlie's mother and father would come in as well, and stand by the door, listening to the stories that the old people told; and thus, for perhaps half an hour every night, this room would become a happy place, and the whole family would forget that it was hungry and poor.
thus = therefore (for that reason)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thus means:
therefore (for that reason; or what follows is so because of what was just said)
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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utter
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
utter stupidity
'It's utterly impossible,' said Veruca Salt.
utterly = completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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wretched
2 uses
...the wretched boy was being sucked closer and closer towards the mouth of one of the great pipes that was dangling down into the river.
wretched = unfortunate
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet.
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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