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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
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Book28 uses
Library46 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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approach
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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
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Book2 uses
Library88 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
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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convention
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
conventional behavior
Her knowledge of life extended to that little conventional round of society of which she was not—but longed to be—a member.†
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 47
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elated
13 uses
Minnie worked with less elation than she had just before Carrie arrived.†
elation = intense feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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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Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5
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foreman
16 uses
Then some word was sent around, and a foreman, in an apron and shirt sleeves, the latter rolled up to his shoulders, approached.†
foreman = a person who is in charge of other workers

or:

a juror in a court case who is selected by other jurors to head the jury
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Book16 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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genial
22 uses
Carrie smiled under his irresistible flood of geniality.†
geniality = friendly and good-natured
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Book22 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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 is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
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
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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43
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invariably
13 uses
They were the serious reflections of a mind which invariably adjusted itself, without much complaining, to such surroundings as its industry could make for it.†
invariably = consistently or without variation
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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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 (from anger or distress)
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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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opera
19 uses
A noted comic opera comedian was holding forth that week, and the air of distinction and prosperity overawed her.†
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung (or the art form that consists of such musicals; or describing something as related to that art form)
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book19 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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