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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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compel
9 uses
Does our DNA compel us to act as we do?
compel = force
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —12 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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Book12 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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contend   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She contended that...
Her lawyer contends that the contract isn't valid.
contends = claims or says
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to claim that something is true
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
She contended with it
She contends with headaches.
contends = struggles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to struggle
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1st useChapter 10
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3  —2 uses as in:
She contended for the gold medal
Militant groups are contending for control of the country
contending = competing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to compete
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1st useChapter 3
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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dispose   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 10 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle something so it no longer requires attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
dispose of the assets
Will you dispose of your California real estate now that you have moved?
dispose = sell or transfer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
sell or transfer to another
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1st useChapter 8
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3  —8 uses as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 10
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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pious   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —8 uses as in:
a pious hypocrite
He was another pious slave owner who treated his slaves mercilessly.
pious = self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
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1st useAppe
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —9 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
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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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)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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sustain   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained wounds
Every building within a two miles of the center of the earthquake sustained damage.
sustained = suffered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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