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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
They'd been organized according to color and style.
according to = based on (in keeping with)
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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Book10 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
I accorded Elizabeth Barrister and Richard DeBlass respect and dignity.
accorded = given/gave special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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aesthetic
2 uses
He was almost ridiculously handsome: the narrow, aesthetic face; the slash of cheekbones; and sculpted mouth.
aesthetic = attractive
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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arrogant
8 uses
He was unquestionably arrogant.
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
With obvious relief, the uniform deferred to her superior. "The civilian demands entry."
deferred = yielded (in this case, to let her superior make the decision)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
But this was shocking, like a stage deliberately set to offend.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discretion   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
embarrassing lack of discretion
You must know, of course, our client data is strictly confidential. Paradise has a reputation for discretion as well as excellence.
discretion = behavior that does not attract attention or reveal private information
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
behavior that does not attract undesired attention or reveal private information
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised.
Feeling discretion would gain her more than aggression, Eve contacted the clients by 'link and explained herself.
discretion = good judgment or good taste
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1st useChapter 2
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disdain
7 uses
Summerset opened the door with his usual disdain.
disdain = a lack of respect — suggesting distaste and a sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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dubious
1 use
A woman of dubious reputation who...
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19
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elaborate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
I can elaborate and add that I prefer a different type of bedmate, and that I prefer to make my own moves.
elaborate = add detail (to what's been said)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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2  —3 uses as in:
an elaborate design
She eyed the gold foil and elaborate bow on the package she held with more suspicion than pleasure.
elaborate = fancy (complicated or special)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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indulge
8 uses
Some of us aren't allowed to indulge ourselves.
indulge = enjoy 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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Book8 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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meticulous
5 uses
The contents of the drawers were meticulously ordered, lingerie folded precisely, sweaters arranged according to color and material.
meticulously = in a manner treating details with great care
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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muse
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
her musings
Nice life if you can get it, she mused,
mused = thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book22 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
It's not as simple as taking your word for it. I have a job to do, a responsibility to the victim, to the system. I have to stay objective, and I—
objective = fact-based and not influenced by personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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relevant
1 use
No, lieutenant, though it hardly seems relevant.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
In a gesture that was both weary and resigned,
resigned = indicating the acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 8
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revere
3 uses
"The library," he announced in reverent terms, and opened the door for her.
reverent = with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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seduce
8 uses
You're not a creature of impulse, and though I believe you could be seduced, with the right timing, and the right touch, it wouldn't be an ordinary occurrence.
seduced = enticed into having sex
DefinitionGenerally seduce means:
to persuade someone to do something by tempting them with something pleasurable or desired — often to make them want to have sex
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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