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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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bound
9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
south-bound lanes
He would sometimes mount his horse, as if bound to St. Michael's, a distance of seven miles, and in half an hour afterwards you would see him coiled up in the corner of the wood-fence, watching every motion of the slaves.
bound = traveling (to a specific location)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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?  —8 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
He could hire young help with great ease, in consequence of this reputation.
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
The whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true; and, true or false, it is of but little consequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable; for...†
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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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...
When Colonel Lloyd's slaves met the slaves of Jacob Jepson, they seldom parted without a quarrel about their masters; Colonel Lloyd's slaves contending that he was the richest, and Mr. Jepson's slaves that he was the smartest, and most of a man.
contending = claiming
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to claim that something is true
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
She contended with it
The thought of leaving my friends was decidedly the most painful thought with which I had to contend.
contend = struggle
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
Indeed, it is not uncommon for slaves even to fall out and quarrel among themselves about the relative goodness of their masters, each contending for the superior goodness of his own over that of the others.
contending = competing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to compete
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1st useChapter 3
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contented
10 uses
I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness.
contentment = satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally contented means:
satisfied
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Book10 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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deemed
12 uses
I deemed this knowledge of the utmost importance.
deemed = believed
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
I went directly home, and told the story of my wrongs to Master Hugh; and I am happy to say of him, irreligious as he was, his conduct was heavenly, compared with that of his brother Thomas under similar circumstances.†
directly = straight (without delay or interruption)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
I was ever on the look-out for means of escape; and, finding no direct means, I determined to try to hire my time, with a view of getting money with which to make my escape.
direct = immediate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Upon reaching New Bedford, we were directed to the house of Mr. Nathan Johnson,
directed = given directions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the assets
Cut off thus unexpectedly, he left no will as to the disposal of his property.
disposal = transfer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
sell or transfer to another
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1st useChapter 8
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
He too, at first, seemed disposed to refuse; but, after some reflection, he granted me the privilege,
disposed = inclined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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disposition
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a kind disposition
I was ignorant of his temper and disposition; he was equally so of mine.
disposition = normal mood, or inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or inclination
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
...and is whipped for being hard to please! I have an abundance of such illustrations of the same principle, drawn from my own observation, but think the cases I have cited sufficient.
illustrations = stories to clarify or demonstrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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pious
11 uses
and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church,
pious = religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
He resolved to put me out, as he said, to be broken; and, for this purpose, he let me for one year to a man named Edward Covey.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
We were resolved to succeed or fail together, after the calamity had befallen us as much as before.
resolved = determined
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
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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
The reading of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery;
sustain = support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained wounds
The appalling defeat I then sustained returned to torment me.
sustained = suffered from
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
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1st useChapter 11
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