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Little Dorrit

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acquaint
46 uses
No doubt you are well acquainted with the writing.
acquainted = familiar
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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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
I myself always clearly foresaw the consequences, and am not surprised.
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
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1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —3 uses as in:
of little consequence
That he has somehow or other, and how is of no consequence, attained a very good position, no one can deny.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.14
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
discordant church bells
discordant = unpleasant sounding together
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
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1st useChapter 1.1
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dispose
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
My carriage is at your disposal.†
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
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1st useChapter 1.5
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engender
2 uses
the wonderful laugh, and series of snorts and puffs, engendered in Mr Pancks's astonishment
engendered = caused
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
I have scarcely the right to tell it myself at present, because I have been entreated not to do so.
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
She was now established in Mrs Merdle's own rooms, to which some extra touches had been given to render them more worthy of her occupation.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book10 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.13
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
He never said, I discovered this adaptation or invented that combination; but showed the whole thing as if the Divine artificer had made it, and he had happened to find it; so modest he was about it, such a pleasant touch of respect was mingled with his quiet admiration of it, and so calmly convinced he was that it was established on irrefragable laws.†
established = accepted as true
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
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1st useChapter 2.8
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forbearance
9 uses
"You must have great patience," said Arthur Clennam, looking at him with some wonder, "great forbearance."
forbearance = patience, tolerance, or self-control
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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impetuous
2 uses
because you must have the unfortunate temperament of the poor impetuous girl herself, before you can fully understand it.
impetuous = impulsive (acting 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 Rigaud, after frowning at him for a moment, laughed.
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
But, besides that I must have supported such pretence by a direct falsehood
pretence = appearance or action to help one pretend

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
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
Mr. Flintwinch will be happy to render you any service, and I hope your stay in this city may prove agreeable.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.30
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
If your disapproval of it should render you unwilling to discharge such business as it necessitates, I am sorry for it, and must seek other aid.
render = make
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.26
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repudiate
8 uses
No; I repudiate the title!
repudiate = strongly reject
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
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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.
I resolved that they should not know.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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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.
The way in which you are resolved and determined to disgrace us on all occasions, is really infamous.
resolved = determined (with firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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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?
If she had had any doubt which was her own Jeremiah, it would have been resolved by his impatience.
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
He is a sagacious man in business, and has had a good apprenticeship to it.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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