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Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl

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accompany   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
He asked if I would allow him to accompany me to school.
accompany = travel along with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 42-11
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2  —2 uses as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
Incidents like these are always accompanied by other disasters, and this was no exception.
accompanied = joined at the same time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 43-03
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
Inside was a little gift for everyone, including an appropriate verse.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for the situation

(editor's note:  In this context, verse is a synonym for poem.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book2 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 42-10
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black market
7 uses
Everyone's trading on the black market; every errand boy has something to offer.
black market = where people buy and sell things illegally
DefinitionGenerally black market means:
an illegal market that trades in illegal goods, stolen goods, or goods sold illegally to avoid tax payments, licensing requirements, or rationing
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-11
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compose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
compose a poem
The poem Father composed for my birthday is too nice to keep to myself.
composed = wrote
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 43-11
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2  —1 use as in:
keep your composure
Without them I wouldn't be able to jump back into the fray with my usual composure.
composure = calm state of mind

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to calm someone or settle something
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 42-09
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confide
17 uses
Margot is very kind and would like me to confide in her, but I can't tell her everything.
confide = place trust (in someone) and talk about private things
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
to place trust (in someone) by talking about private things or telling secrets
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Book17 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 42-07
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contradict
9 uses
Forgive me, Kitty, they don't call me a bundle of contradictions for nothing!
contradictions = things that disagree with themselves

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
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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Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 44-07
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 10 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
Not only does he write letters to his Charlotte, he's also carrying on a chatty correspondence with various other people.
correspondence = communication by writing letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-03
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2  —7 uses as in:
a correspondence course
To take our minds off matters as well as to develop them, Father ordered a catalog from a correspondence school.
correspondence = done from afar (by mailing letters, reports, etc.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-10
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3  —1 use as in:
foreign correspondent of the paper
Every evening the war correspondents report on the difficulties, the courage and the fighting spirit of the army.
correspondents = reporters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondent means:
a reporter — typically from a foreign country or with a particular expertise
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-06
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critical
9 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
critical acclaim
The teachers were amused and entertained by my clever answers, my witty remarks, my charming face and my critical mind.
critical = demonstrating thoughtful judgement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of critical means:
relating to thoughtful judgement of what is good and bad about something — possibly from people whose job is to share their expert opinions in a given industry
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 44-03
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unquizzed meaning  —7 uses
direct
8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
In some passages I had the strong feeling that the writer was directing her disapproval at me, which is why I finally want to bare my soul to you and defend myself against this attack.
directing = aiming
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 useChapter 44-07
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unquizzed meaning  —7 uses
disposition
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a kind disposition
I'm blessed with many things: happiness, a cheerful disposition and strength.
disposition = normal mood and personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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Dutch
51 uses
It's not the fault of the Dutch that we Jews are having such a bad time.
Dutch = the people of the Netherlands
DefinitionGenerally Dutch means:
the people of the Netherlands (including Holland); or relating to them (including the name of their language)
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Book51 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-03
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engage
10 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
engage in conversation
English and American troops are already engaged in heavy combat.
engaged = involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 44-06
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unquizzed meaning  —8 uses
Holland
31 uses
...there's probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. No, in all of Holland.
Holland = informal reference to The Netherlands
DefinitionGenerally Holland means:
Informal reference to The Netherlands (confusion arises because important provinces in The Netherlands are North Holland and South Holland).
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Book31 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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illustrate
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
This sentence clearly illustrates that she's not exactly what you'd call modest!
illustrates = helps make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 42-09
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
Like so many words, it can be interpreted in two ways:
interpreted = understood or explained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 44-08
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
I know I'm better at debating or carrying on a discussion than Mother, I know I'm more objective, I don't exaggerate as much, I'm much tidier and better with my hands, and because of that I feel (this may make you laugh) that I'm superior to her in many ways.
objective = unbiased (fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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1st useChapter 44-03
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