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Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets

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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
No student is to use the bathroom unaccompanied by a teacher.†
unaccompanied = unescorted

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unaccompanied means not and reverses the meaning of accompanied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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bound   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 9 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
Snape said it was in a book called Moste Potente Potions and it's bound to be in the Restricted Section of the library.
bound = almost certainly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
bound together
There was a thick tartan scarf bound around his head, and his nose was unusually purple.
bound = wrapped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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3  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
DOBBY'S is a houseelf bound to serve one house and one family forever .
bound = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to be constrained in some way — such as tied up, prevented, required, or obligated
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "Her wrists were bound." — tied up
  • "I am bound by my word." — required or obligated (in this case to keep a promise)
  • "It is a binding contract." — must be obeyed (The people who signed the contract are legally required to do what it says or suffer legal penalties.)
  • "He is muscle bound." — prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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4  —4 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
"C'mon, Fang, we're going for a walk," said Harry, patting his leg, and Fang bounded happily out of the house behind them, dashed to the edge of the forest, and lifted his leg against a large sycamore tree.
bounded = leaped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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culprit
6 uses
The culprit must have known it was only a matter of time before I caught him.
culprit = person responsible for wrongdoing
DefinitionGenerally culprit means:
someone responsible for a wrongdoing — especially a criminal; or something that caused a problem
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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demonstrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
He tells me he knows a tiny little bit about dueling himself and has sportingly agreed to help me with a short demonstration before we begin.
demonstration = display (showing how to do something)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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disgruntled
2 uses
"Greenhouse three today, chaps!" said Professor Sprout, who was looking distinctly disgruntled, not at all her usual cheerful self.
disgruntled = in a bad mood - typically unhappy and annoyed
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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expulsion
26 uses
As you know, underage wizards are not permitted to perform spells outside school, and further spellwork on your part may lead to expulsion from said school
expulsion = being thrown out
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out
especially in 2 primary senses:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
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Book26 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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grievous
2 uses
Better sent home, grievously injured, than remain here sir!
grievously = badly (seriously)
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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lurid
2 uses
Lockhart, wearing lurid pink robes to match the decorations, was waving for silence.
lurid = surprisingly brightly colored
DefinitionGenerally lurid means:
shocking, as from disturbing details of a horrible story, or a color more vivid (bright or deep) than would be expected
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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morose
2 uses
Harry lay facedown on the stone-cold floor, listening to Myrtle gurgling morosely in the end toilet.
morosely = unhappily
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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nevertheless
2 uses
Slightly dizzy, he nevertheless kept his eyes wide open, rain was speckling his glasses and...
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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passage
1 use
Since the disastrous episode of the pixies, Professor Lockhart had not brought live creatures to class. Instead, he read passages from his books to them, and sometimes reenacted some of the more dramatic bits.
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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petulant
1 use
"I wish I knew who it is," said Malfoy petulantly.
petulantly = in an annoyed manner
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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serpent
15 uses
...because being able to talk to snakes was what Salazar Slytherin was famous for. That's why the symbol of Slytherin House is a serpent.
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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tone
7 uses
"Not for long," said Hermione in a satisfied tone.
tone = general feeling, mood, or attitude of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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trace   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
found a trace of
The words shone momentarily on the page and they, too, sank without trace.
trace = any indication left
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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2  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
"I might tell you that you can trace my family back through nine generations of witches and warlocks and my blood's as pure as anyone's, so —"
trace = find something through investigation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of
This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something:
  • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
  • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
  • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
  • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation
to research or report on the development of something
  • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
  • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on
to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something
  • "She traces the progress of at-risk students." — monitors information
  • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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3  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
He pulled Harry's wand from his pocket and began to trace it through the air, writing three shimmering words: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE Then he waved the wand once, and the letters of his name rearranged themselves: I AM LORD VOLDEMORT
trace = draw specific patterns
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern
This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
copying the outline of an image
  • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
  • "She projected the image onto the wall, hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil
draw an outline or a specific pattern
  • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
  • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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