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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...upon second thoughts we deferred it to the next night,
deferred = postponed (delayed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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dexterity
10 uses
...much pleased was he with me for my dexterity in catching the fish,
dexterity = adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 52 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
depart directly
So reasonable did this every way appear, that I immediately consented, and we went directly on board.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book19 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —14 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
However, keeping my eyes directly fixed upon it, and perceiving it did not stir, I presently concluded it must be a ship at anchor, and so...†
directly = exactly where stated (used for emphasis)
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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Book14 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
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3  —5 uses as in:
directed her question to
Surely, thought I, these words are directed to me, or else why should they appear just at a moment when I am bemoaning my forlorn condition?†
directed = aimed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book5 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
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4  —10 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
...their Captains are a parcel of rash, proud, insolent rascals, that neither know what belongs to justice, nor how to behave themselves as the laws of God or nature direct;†
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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5  —4 uses as in:
directed the movie
That this providence manifests a particular care over, and concern in, the governing and directing man, the most noble creature upon earth.†
directing = guiding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book4 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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discourse
43 uses
By this we shun such frequent trivial discourse, as often becomes an obstruction to virtue:
discourse = conversation
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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Book43 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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forbearance
2 uses
But when I considered my father's advice and prophecy, I could not forbear weeping; for he told me, "That if I did persist in my folly, I should not only be deprived of God's blessing, but have time enough to reflect upon my despising his instructions,"
forbear = refrain (hold back) from
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
But there is no occasion to enter upon an argument to prove the being of the Almighty, or to illustrate his power by words, who has so many undeniable testimonies in the breasts of every rational being to prove his existence: and we have sufficient proofs enough to convince us of the great superintendency of Divine Providence in the minutest affairs of this world; the manifest existence of the invisible world; the reality of spirits, and intelligence between us and them.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —6 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
[Illustration: The Carpenter and his man defeats the Cochinchinese.]†
illustration = drawing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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negative
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
negative feedback from customers
Before I conclude this chapter, I shall beg leave to discourse a little of the wonderful excellency of negative religion and negative virtue.†
negative = not doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 69 uses
1  —63 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
...but after three vollies, we were obliged to retreat also:
obliged = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book63 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —6 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Without passion, sullenness, or design, perfectly obliging and engaging, his affections were as much tied to me, as those of a child to its parents; & I might venture to say, he would have sacrificed his life for the saving mine, upon any occasion whatsoever.
obliging = helpful or willing to be helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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pernicious
3 uses
From this I learned, that going abroad in rainy weather, especially when it was attended with storms and hurricanes of wind, was most pernicious to health.
pernicious = harmful
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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providence
49 uses
So that by the favour of Providence, and vigour of his youth, being now but thirty years old, he came, at last, to conquer all the inconveniencies of his solitude, and to be very easy.
providence = God's intervention or plan
DefinitionGenerally this sense of providence means:
resulting from God's intervention or plan; or lucky — especially with regard to when something happened
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Book49 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
But since it is so, we must resolve to fight for our lives.
resolve = decide
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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2  —1 use as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
You may be certain, I was strangely surprised at this question of my man's: and, though an old man, I was but a young doctor, and consequently very ill qualified for a causuist, or a resolver of intricate doubts in religion, and...
resolver = solver (someone who provides a solution or who settles something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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satiate
1 use
We had not gone fifty yards before we came up with the boatswain, with four of our men at his heels, all of them covered with blood and dust, and in search of more people to satiate their vengeance.
satiate = fill to satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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sultry
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a sultry afternoon
Still sultry, however, obliged by necessity, I went out with my gun, and...
sultry = hot and humid
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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