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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Scattered riots had started just this morning, according to the news.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement 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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Book8 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
Getting Chelise out of her own accord might be far more difficult.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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1st useChapter 27
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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
We aren't exactly brimming with alternatives here.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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1st useChapter 11
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bronze
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
His face collided with cold bronze, but he managed a hand on the general s leather breastplate.†
bronze = a type of metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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1st useChapter 10
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast between her white face and so much black was quite startling.†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
But this is a bit unconventional.†
unconventional = not regarded as normal

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconventional means not and reverses the meaning of conventional. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I will defer to the judgment of this council.
defer = submit (accept its judgment as superior to my own)
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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1st useChapter 25
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despise
8 uses
Yes, it was true, and he despised himself for it.†
despised = disliked strongly and looked down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
She'll be at your full disposal the minute she's free.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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1st useChapter 14
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doctrine
7 uses
It would seem that Johan, of all people, having been drawn out of deception as a member of the Horde, would stand firm on the doctrine of drowning.†
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
Their simple mud dwellings were only temporary, a necessity mandated by the need to build so many houses in a short period of time.†
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 10
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imam
1 use
I assure you that the book contains the names of your most respected imams.
imams = Islamic religious leaders
DefinitionGenerally imam means:
Islam:  the person who leads prayers in a mosque

or for Shiites:  a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law, and a spiritual guide
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1st useChapter 24
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
The Horde referred to them as albinos because their flesh wasn't scaly and gray like a Scab's skin. Ironic, because they were all darker than the Horde.
ironic = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 2
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passage
1 use
Ronin, read this passage for us again.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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1st useChapter 2
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perimeter
16 uses
Thomas crouched in the forest watching the frenzied search of the house and its perimeter.†
perimeter = the outer edge
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge
The exact meaning of perimeter can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Stay inside the defensive perimeter." — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • "It is common on the city's perimeter." — the outer edges of the city
  • "What is the perimeter of the square?" — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
She felt positively giddy.†
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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2  —1 use as in:
The test came back positive.
Besides, I've been tested positive for the virus he predicted from these dreams of his.†
positive = indicating that a condition was found
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
found a condition or substance to be present
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1st useChapter 1
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precede
1 use
The smaller Roush ran his index finger under the words of the last paragraph, which were clearly written in handwriting different from those preceding.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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1st useEpil.
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primarily
2 uses
His horror was primarily motivated by the voice.†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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treason
11 uses
Aiding him in any way would be seen as treason.†
treason = an act of betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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