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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 29 uses
1  —28 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
It would have accorded with her expectations if nothing had been said,
accorded = been in keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book28 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
...she was listened to with more consideration than was usually accorded to young women applicants, owing to her neat and attractive appearance.
accorded = given (special treatment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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1st useChapter 26
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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
The rehearsal ended for one day, and Carrie went home feeling that she had acquitted herself satisfactorily.†
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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1st useChapter 17
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
As rent day approached, an idea grew in him.†
approached = got near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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condescending
6 uses
Carrie smiled genially, grateful that he should condescend to advise her even so much.
condescend = doing something considered beneath one's position
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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consequence
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently, he arranged his hours very much to suit himself, taking now an afternoon, now an evening, but invariably returning between eleven and twelve to witness the last hour or two of the day's business and look after the closing details.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
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 23
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
The walls of the rooms were discordantly papered.
discordantly = seeming wrong along with everything else
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 2
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
One was a convent mission-house of the Sisters of Mercy in Fifteenth Street—a row of red brick family dwellings, before the door of which hung a plain wooden contribution box, on which was painted the statement that every noon a meal was given free to all those who might apply and ask for aid.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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1st useChapter 47
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establish
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
"Carrie," he said one morning, shortly after they had so established themselves, " I've invited my friend Hurstwood to come out some day and spend the evening with us."†
established = settled
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 5
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grave
1 use
There was a class however, too rich, too famous, or too successful with whom he could not attempt any familiarity of address, and with these he was professionally tactful, assuming a grave and dignified attitude, paying them the deference which would win their good feeling without in the least compromising his own bearing and opinions.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
It was about this time that the newspapers and magazines were beginning to pay that illustrative attention to the beauties of the stage which has since become fervid.†
illustrative = serving to help explain or demonstrate something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 43
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2  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
Now, because Carrie was pretty, the gentlemen who made up the advance illustrations of shows about to appear for the Sunday papers selected Carrie's photo along with others to illustrate the announcement.†
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43
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indulge
10 uses
Chapter IV THE SPENDINGS OF FANCY: FACTS ANSWER WITH SNEERS For the next two days Carrie indulged in the most high flown speculations.†
indulged = enjoyed to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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lilt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an Irish lilt
There was a lilt in her voice which was new.†
lilt = way of speaking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of lilt means:
a way of speaking, singing, or making music — typically cheerful, lively or pleasing — sometimes with the pitch of the voice rising and falling
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1st useChapter 20
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mollify
2 uses
The fact that he had in a measure mollified Carrie was a source of satisfaction to Hurstwood, but it furnished only the most temporary relief.
mollified = calmed
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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novel
3 uses
At the shoe factory she put in a long day, scarcely so wearisome as the preceding, but considerably less novel.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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proclivity
1 use
He carried himself with the same self-important air, took his new state with easy familiarity, and rejoiced in Carrie's proclivities and successes.
proclivities = tendencies
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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1st useChapter 31
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strata
2 uses
In the view of a certain stratum of society, Carrie was comfortably established-in eyes of the traveling, beaten by every wind and gusty sheet of rain, she was safe in a halcyon harbor.
stratum = social class

(editor's note:  Strata, the plural form of this word is used much more commonly than the singular form. Many Latin words that end in "um" are made plural by changing the "um" to "a"—such as stratum to strata, bacterium to bacteria, and millennium to millennia. In modern writing, changing the "um" to "ums" is also accepted for many Latin words ending in um, but not for any of those listed above.)
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
He began to feel those subtleties which he could find words to express.†
subtleties = things that are not obvious, but noticeable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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tact
10 uses
By this tact he made Drouet feel that he admired his choice.†
tact = the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 44
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