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The Odyssey - translated by: Fitzgerald

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approach   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
At fall of dusk Odysseus and his son heard the approach of the good forester.†
approach = getting near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book3 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
use the best approach
So Nestor held his throne and scepter now, lord of the western approaches to Akhaia.†
approaches = roads leading
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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3  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
But clear-headed Telemakhos replied: "Mentor, how can I do it, how approach him? I have no practice in elaborate speeches, and for a young man to interrogate an old man seems disrespectful-"†
approach = begin communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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assuage
1 use
Thus to assuage the nations of the dead I pledged these rites,
assuage = to soothe (make less unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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auspicious
1 use
But cliffs and rock shoals made that place forbidding, so I turned back, swimming off shore, and came in the end to a river, to auspicious water, with smooth beach and a rise that broke the wind.
auspicious = favorable
DefinitionGenerally auspicious means:
favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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bronze   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Telemakhos went on through to the storeroom of his father, a great vault where gold and bronze lay piled along with chests of clothes, and fragrant oil.
bronze = a metal made mostly of copper
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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Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
her bronze is on display
They plan to drive the keen bronze through Telemakhos when he comes home.†
bronze = a sword made of the brownish metal with the same name
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
something made of the brownish metal with the same name — such as a sculpture (statue) or a third place medal
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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consequence
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
The immortal gods show you no less esteem, and the rough consequence would make them slow to let barbs fly at their eldest and most noble.†
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
contemptible
3 uses
My hand and eye are sound, not so contemptible as the young men say.
contemptible = deserving no respect (worthless or of bad quality)
DefinitionGenerally contemptible means:
very bad (deserving no respect)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 11 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
The grey-eyed goddess said directly: "Courage; and let the future trouble you no more."†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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2  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
With crack on crack of thunder, he let fly a bolt against the ship, a direct hit, so that she bucked, in sacred fumes of sulphur, and all the men were flung into the water.†
direct = exact
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book3 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
No, he thought; the more direct way would be best-to go humbly to his lord.†
direct = straightforward (uncomplicated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22
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4  —3 uses as in:
directed her question to
I came to this wild place, directed by Athena, so that we might lay plans to kill our enemies.†
directed = guided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book3 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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5  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Direct your maids at work.†
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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engender
1 use
My mother says I am his son; I know not surely. Who has known his own engendering?
engendering = parentage (causation)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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guile
8 uses
Then said that sly and guileful man, Odysseus:
guileful = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
  I take no raft you grudge me out to sea.
  Or yield me first a great oath, if I do,
  to work no more enchantment to my harm.†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
He yielded to her, and his heart was glad.†
yielded = gave in (agreed to what was asked)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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zenith
2 uses
Witness this, god of the zenith, noblest of the gods,
zenith = the highest point
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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Zeus
209 uses
Ah, Father Zeus almighty over gods and men!
Zeus = the most supreme of the gods (Greek Mythology)
DefinitionGenerally Zeus means:
Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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Book209 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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