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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
I explained the situation to them as briefly as possible, underlining that their work had been satisfactory and that they would, accordingly, receive good references.
accordingly = in keeping with or 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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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
Miss Kenton, I believe you are according this matter an urgency it hardly merits.
according = giving special treatment to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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anecdote
6 uses
We often pass the time amusing ourselves with anecdotes about you.
anecdotes = short, true stories
DefinitionGenerally anecdote means:
a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
For all that, it has never been my position that good accent and command of language are not attractive attributes, and I always considered it my duty to develop them as best I could.
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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2  —5 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
The fact that I am now ... at the mercy of Mr and Mrs Taylor's generosity on this night, is attributable to one foolish, infuriatingly simple oversight:
attributable = traceable (caused by)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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complacent
4 uses
It is essential, then, to keep one's attention focused on the present; to guard against any complacency creeping in on account of what one may have achieved in the past.
complacency = satisfaction (often unconcerned to a fault)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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convey
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Just convey the basic facts and be done with it.
convey = communicate or express
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daunt
4 uses
Sir David himself finds the task rather daunting and suspects he will not accomplish it before Reginald's wedding day.
daunting = discouraging or intimidating
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
That is to say, a sense of awe seemed to descend on them.†
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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discern
5 uses
There was still no trace of emotion discernible in his expression, and his hands on the back of the chair appeared perfectly relaxed.
discernible = noticeable
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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emulate
2 uses
...when lesser men trying to emulate his greatness mistook the superficial for the essence.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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imply
7 uses
Embarrassing as those moments were for me, I would not wish to imply that I in any way blame Mr Farraday, who is in no sense an unkind person; he was, I am sure, merely enjoying the sort of bantering which...
imply = suggest
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 27 uses
1  —23 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
I was obliged during the course of that first morning to go constantly in and out of the room, and so was unable to follow the proceedings at all fully.
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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2  —3 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Mr Charles remembered marvelling at how my father showed not one hint of discomfort or anger, but continued to drive with an expression balanced perfectly between personal dignity and readiness to oblige.
oblige = be helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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3  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
But he would be much obliged, he repeated, if I could "give it a go with four".
obliged = grateful or indebted
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preoccupied
17 uses
By this point, I had been preoccupied for some hours with the matter of Miss Kenton's sorrow, having given particular thought to the question of what I might best do or say to ease her burden a little.
preoccupied = took up the attention of
DefinitionGenerally preoccupied means:
busy thinking about or doing something so that other things are not noticed or done
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recollect
11 uses
The fact is, I have tended increasingly of late to indulge myself in such recollections.
recollections = memories

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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redundant
1 use
In that case, perhaps my message is rather redundant.
redundant = repetitious (repeats what was previously said)
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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refute
1 use
Since this allegation falls very directly into my own realm, I am able to refute it with absolute authority.
refute = argue that it is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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scrutiny
6 uses
His lordship went on fingering his page for a moment, leaned forward to scrutinize an entry, then said:
scrutinize = look very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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