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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 25 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
limited her stay to a number of minutes that should accord with the highest respectability.
accord = be in keeping with
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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Book24 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
she left you of her own accord
own accord = own mind (voluntarily without anyone asking or making her)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Any one sufficiently curious to trace the steps of such an obscure pair might have discovered without great trouble that they had taken advantage of his adaptive craftsmanship to enter on a shifting, almost nomadic, life, which was not without its pleasantness for a time.†
adaptive = having the ability to change for different situations

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
Opening the heavy door he ascended the two or three steps to the level of the ground, and there on the gravel before him lay a white heap.†
ascended = climbed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
"We have been doing such a funny thing!" said she, smiling candidly.†
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The affair had created a scandal, and the management had consequently been rough on cousins ever since.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book9 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —2 uses as in:
of little consequence
"Oh, it is of no consequence!" said Jude distantly.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
He passed the spot where the gibbet of his ancestor and Sue's had stood, and descended the hill.†
descended = moved down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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discern
15 uses
He looked closely, and could just discern in the damp dust the imprints of their feet as they had stood locked in each other's arms.†
discern = notice or understand something
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
To him the houses, the willows, the obscure fields beyond, were apparently regarded not as brick residences, pollards, meadows; but as human dwellings in the abstract, vegetation, and the wide dark world.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Sue and Jude were living in Aldbrickham, in precisely the same relations that they had established between themselves when she left Shaston to join him the year before.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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exemplar
2 uses
But much as he wished to be an exemplar in these things he could not get on.
exemplar = an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
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impulsive
9 uses
She impulsively seized his hand, and leaving a reproachful look on the schoolmaster turned away to Jude, her voice revealing a tremor which she herself felt to be absurdly uncalled for by sarcasm so gentle.†
impulsively = without forethought
DefinitionGenerally impulsive means:
action without forethought; or such a tendency
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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indulge
13 uses
Having seen the school-master depart, they were summing up particulars of the event, and indulging in predictions of his future.†
indulging = enjoying to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
From this summit he could be seen as a minute speck, following an unerring line towards his old home.†
minute = very small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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moreover
6 uses
Moreover he perceived that at best only copying, patching and imitating went on here; which he fancied to be owing to some temporary and local cause.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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novel
1 use
Phillotson was not really thinking of the arithmetic at all, but of her, in a novel way which somehow seemed strange to him as preceptor.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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precede
3 uses
And so, standing before the aforesaid officiator, the two swore that at every other time of their lives till death took them, they would assuredly believe, feel, and desire precisely as they had believed, felt, and desired during the few preceding weeks.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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rectify
1 use
A great piece of laxity will be rectified.
rectified = made right
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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reproach
17 uses
He glanced at her and their eyes met, the reproach in his own belying his words.†
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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