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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Hermann van Pels (van Daan) was, according to the testimony of Otto Frank, gassed to death in Auschwitz in October or November 1944, shortly before the gas chambers were dismantled.
according to = as stated by
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book17 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-07
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
So we'll leave of our own accord and not wait to be hauled away.
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-07
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annex
76 uses
1  —76 uses as in:
annex of the main building
Now our Secret Annex has truly become secret.
annex = an addition that extends a main building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of annex means:
an addition that extends a main building

or:

to attach something — especially to something larger or more important
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Book76 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-07
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black market
7 uses
Everyone's trading on the black market; every errand boy has something to offer.
black market = the coming together of people who 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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-11
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confide
17 uses
Of course, he's much more closed than I am, but I know from experience (even though I'm constantly being accused of knowing all there is to know in theory, but not in practice) that in time, even the most uncommunicative types will long as much, or even more, for someone to confide in.
confide = tell with the understanding that what is told will be kept secret
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Book17 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 42-07
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 14 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Contrary to my usual practice, I'm going to write you a detailed description of the food situation, since it's become a matter of some difficulty and importance, not only here in the Annex, but in all of Holland, all of Europe and even beyond.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-04
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2  —12 uses as in:
on the contrary
Still, I don't want to moan and groan. On the contrary, I want to be brave!
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
Mother passed this story on to me, and I was secretly amazed that Peter, who'd been so angry at Dussel, had humbled himself, despite all his assurances to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-02
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
We think Mr. Kugler should go directly to a reliable doctor for a medical certificate of ill health, which he can present to the City Hall in Hilversum.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-03
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2  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
It was as if she'd addressed it directly to me.†
directly = personally (person-to-person)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-09
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3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
This was a direct hit at Mother's modern child-rearing methods, which she's defended on many occasions.†
direct = clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 42-09
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4  —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 cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 44-07
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5  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
Because we're Jewish, my father immigrated to Holland in 1933, when he became the Managing Director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used in making jam.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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Dutch
51 uses
But now, now that I've been spared, my first wish after the war is to become a Dutch citizen.
Dutch = 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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genealogy
5 uses
In recent weeks I've developed a great liking for family trees and the genealogical tables of royal families.
genealogical = related to family ancestry or its study
DefinitionGenerally genealogy means:
family ancestry or its study
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-01
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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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 42-09
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2  —2 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
I found it rather amusing that he thought the opening in a woman's body was simply left out of illustrations.†
illustrations = drawings
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-11
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passage
6 uses
First, I translated a passage on Nelson's last battle from Dutch into English.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 44-02
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ration
16 uses
Better set aside some of my rations for Bep.
rations = a fixed portion of something given as a person's share when there is a shortage
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book16 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-05
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