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Love in the Time of Cholera

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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
He accompanied her to her house.
accompanied = traveled with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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approach
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
use the best approach
When he saw the first light of dawn on the horizon, he attempted an indirect approach.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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austere
5 uses
He knew that Jeremiah de Saint-Amour lived in primitive austerity and that he earned much more with his art than he needed,
austerity = a manner that lacks luxury, comfort, or anything beyond minimum requirements
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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1st useChapter 1
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digress
2 uses
Before he came to the heart of his intentions, Dr. Urbino Daza made several digressions on the subject of aging.
digressions = wanderings from the main topic

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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diligent
8 uses
...everything was kept free of dust by a diligent hand.
diligent = careful and persistent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
This was the cause of constant discord
discord = conflict
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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1st useChapter 4
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dispose
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Lisimaco Sanchez, her father, sent a message asking if they needed musicians for their holiday parties, because he had the best at his disposal, and he promised to send a load of fireworks later on.†
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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1st useChapter 2
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
There is no law, human or divine, that this man has not ignored.
divine = from God
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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ephemeral
7 uses
...contemplating with regret ... the ephemeral splendor of another afternoon that would never return.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Florentino Ariza had met her at a time when she would have received any man who wanted to be with her, even if he were hired by the hour, and they had established a relationship that was more serious and longer-lived than would have seemed possible.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
He concluded: "It is something that only God can do, of course, but in any event it would be good to have it established in theoretical terms."†
established = demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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haughty
11 uses
Her clear almond eyes and her inborn haughtiness were all that were left to her from her wedding portrait,
haughtiness = arrogance or condescension (acting superior or self-important)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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impetuous
3 uses
the week the same impetuous mob swarmed into the plazas and alleys of the old neighborhoods
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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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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lucid
13 uses
...he never needed her awake and lucid as much as he did during those fumbling moments.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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nostalgia
21 uses
...he found nothing that seemed worthy of his nostalgia.
nostalgia = sentimental memories
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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rancor
10 uses
they became entangled in a mean-spirited argument that stirred up in both of them the rancor of almost five years of divided love.
rancor = deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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repudiate
4 uses
...the woman he had repudiated five hours earlier.
repudiated = rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 22 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
She had never imagined that she could suffer so much for something that seemed to be the absolute opposite of love, but she was suffering, and she resolved that the only way she could keep from dying was to burn out the nest of vipers that was poisoning her soul.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —4 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Neither the mediation of her son nor the intervention of her friends could break Fermina Daza's resolve.
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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3  —11 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Without realizing it, he was beginning to defer his problems in the hope that death would resolve them.
resolve = solve or settle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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