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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 72 uses
1  —71 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
The Prince accordingly made a sign with his truncheon, as the Knight passed him in his second career around the lists.†
accordingly = in keeping with or in agreement with what was just stated
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 or accordingly 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
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book71 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
The good steed, grievously fatigued with so long a day's journey under a rider cased in mail, had no sooner found, by the slackened reins, that he was abandoned to his own guidance, than he seemed to assume new strength and spirit; and whereas, formerly he had scarce replied to the spur, otherwise than by a groan, he now, as if proud of the confidence reposed in him, pricked up his ears, and assumed, of his own accord, a more lively motion.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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apprehension
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehension of the situation
Fangs!" he ejaculated at the top of his voice to a ragged wolfish-looking dog, a sort of lurcher, half mastiff, half greyhound, which ran limping about as if with the purpose of seconding his master in collecting the refractory grunters; but which, in fact, from misapprehension of the swine-herd's signals, ignorance of his own duty, or malice prepense, only drove them hither and thither, and increased the evil which he seemed to design to remedy.†
misapprehension = wrong understanding

(Editor's note:  The prefix "mis-" in misapprehension means wrong and reverses the meaning of apprehension. This is the same pattern you see in words like misunderstand, misbehave, and misuse.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehension means:
to understand

or:

in psychology and philosophy:  immediate awareness prior to analysis and judgment
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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bestow
24 uses
So far as they are mine, I bestow them upon you freely.†
bestow = give
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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Book24 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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descend
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
descend from royalty
But with the blood of this ancient royal race, many of their infirmities had descended to Athelstane.
descended = passed genetically
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
Long had the smouldering fire of discord glowed between the tyrant father and his savage son...
discord = conflict and disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 27
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dispose
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
She seems a minor, and must therefore be at our royal disposal in marriage.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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dispute
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
They throng again to the breach, and the pass is disputed hand to hand, and man to man.†
disputed = challenged, argued about, or fought over
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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endeavor
31 uses
You expressed, besides, your apprehension, that the unpatriotic prejudices of my countrymen would not allow fair play to such a work as that of which I endeavoured to demonstrate the probable success.†
endeavoured = tried or attempted

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavored.)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book31 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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establish
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The yeoman having thus accomplished his mission, returned to the head-quarters of the allies, which were for the present established under a venerable oak-tree, about three arrow-flights distant from the castle.†
established = created; or settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book5 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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grave
13 uses
I am anxious to vindicate myself from such a charge; for although I might trust to your friendship for an apology in your eyes, yet I would not willingly stand conviction in those of the public of so grave a crime, as my fears lead me to anticipate my being charged with.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book13 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Could I have hoped to render it worthy of your patronage, the public would at once have seen the propriety of inscribing a work designed to illustrate the domestic antiquities of England, and particularly of our Saxon forefathers, to the learned author of the Essays upon the Horn of King Ulphus, and on the Lands bestowed by him upon the patrimony of St Peter.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useDed.
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Knights Templar
229 uses
"What mean these fellows by their capricious insolence?" said the Templar to the Benedictine, "and why did you prevent me from chastising it?"†
Templar = an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem
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Book229 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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moreover
18 uses
Moreover, he had no time to make any remark, for Wamba thrust in his word, observing, "It was better, though scarce easier, to be the best man among a hundred, than the best man of two."†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book18 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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notwithstanding
21 uses
Hark, how the thunder rumbles! and for summer rain, I never saw such broad downright flat drops fall out of the clouds; the oaks, too, notwithstanding the calm weather, sob and creak with their great boughs as if announcing a tempest.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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perish
27 uses
—what if the youth perish!†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book27 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 22
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valor
47 uses
"I do so propose," replied Isaac, bowing in all humility, "if it please your reverend valour."†
valour = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
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Book47 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow in self-pity
I have seen them, Conrade, in the visions of the night—their sainted eyes shed tears for the sins and follies of their brethren, and for the foul and shameful luxury in which they wallow.
wallow = indulge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to excessively give into a desire (indulge)

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone is enjoying a lot of something such as luxury or rest.)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
"Say to the Grand Master," replied Rebecca, "that I maintain my innocence, and do not yield me as justly condemned, lest I become guilty of mine own blood.†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 43
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2  —15 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Wilfred, placing his foot on his breast, and the sword's point to his throat, commanded him to yield him, or die on the spot.†
yield = give in, give way, or give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book15 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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