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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 70 uses
1  —58 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
she resolved to inform her aunt Western where her cousin was, and accordingly she writ the following letter,
accordingly = in agreement with what was just stated
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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Book58 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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2  —11 uses as in:
done of her own accord
I am sure, sir, I should not have gone on my own accord, nor have willingly exceeded my authority in matters of this kind.
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 18
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
This was accorded with more good-will than it was accepted:
accorded = given (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 useBook 12
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acquaint
201 uses
"If you will have patience, madam," answered Mrs Miller, "I will acquaint you who I am, and how I came by that letter."
acquaint = inform (cause to know)
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Book201 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 117 uses
1  —92 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
You know she hath been educated always in a manner directly contrary to my advice, and now you see the consequence.
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book92 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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2  —25 uses as in:
of little consequence
Though this incident will probably appear of little consequence to many of our readers; yet, trifling as it was, it had so violent an effect on poor Jones, that we thought it our duty to relate it.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Tom's countenance was altogether as pale,
countenance = face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 18
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2  —3 uses as in:
giving countenance
He gave him frequent hints, that to adopt the fruits of sin, was to give countenance to it.
countenance = to tolerate or support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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disdain
23 uses
And with much disdain ... he replied, "Very probably, sir, that may be your opinion; but I have the satisfaction to know the best judges differ from you, and it is impossible to please every taste."
disdain = lack of respect
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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Book23 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 17
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 81 uses
1  —55 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
In our last book we have been obliged to deal pretty much with the passion of love; and in our succeeding book shall be forced to handle this subject still more largely.
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book55 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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2  —13 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
I much doubt whether she would not have sacrificed herself to a man she did not like, to have obliged her father.
obliged = granted a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 18
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3  —13 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
"An accident hath happened to me, indeed," says she, "and I am highly obliged to this gentleman" (pointing to Jones) "that it was not a fatal one, or that I am now living to mention it."
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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prevail
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reason will prevail
She was not, however, in her heart perfectly satisfied with his refusal to show her the letter; so deaf are we to the clearest reason, when it argues against our prevailing passions.
prevailing = winning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prevail means:
prove superior or win
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 14
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prudent
36 uses
she is in danger of running into the same fatal mischief, which, by foolishly and ignorantly refusing your most wise and prudent advice, I have unfortunately brought on myself.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book36 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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rectify
4 uses
Regard to my family hath made me take upon myself to be the mediating power, in order to rectify those mistakes in policy which you have committed in your daughter's education.
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Examine your heart, my good reader, and resolve whether you do believe these matters with me.
resolve = decide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 15
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2  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
She past for that gentleman's wife, and went by his name; and yet, as the serjeant said, there were some doubts concerning the reality of their marriage, which we shall not at present take upon us to resolve.
resolve = solve or settle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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sagacious
41 uses
This landlord had the character, among all his neighbors, of being a very sagacious fellow.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book41 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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scarcity
112 uses
Partridge had scarce seen his master since the happy discovery.
scarce = hardly (barely or very little)
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
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Book112 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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venerate
2 uses
Our intention, in short, is to introduce our heroine with the utmost solemnity ... and all other circumstances proper to raise the veneration of our reader.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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