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Little Dorrit

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acquaint
46 uses
You should acquaint yourself with the new computer program.
acquaint = cause to know better
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
Word Statistics
Book46 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 47 uses
1  —44 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book44 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —3 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.14
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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dispose
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
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 1.5
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engender
2 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.35
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entreat
42 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book42 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.13
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.8
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forbearance
9 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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impetuous
2 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.27
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Monsieur
79 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book79 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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pretense
34 uses
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = false appearance
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book34 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.30
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.26
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repudiate
8 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.6
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 14 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.11
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = settled or solved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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sagacious
11 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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