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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
especially well adapted for
Matters of little moment are rarely consigned to parchment; since, for the mere ordinary purposes of drawing or writing, it is not nearly so well adapted as paper.†
well adapted = well suited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapted means:
to be especially well suited or appropriate for something
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allude
2 uses
I made no doubt that here was the 'devil's seat' alluded to in the MS.†
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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attain
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The shrub here often attains the height of fifteen or twenty feet, and forms an almost impenetrable coppice, burthening the air with its fragrance.†
attains = gains or reaches something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Well, Jup, perhaps you are right; but to what fortunate circumstance am I to attribute the honor of a visit from you to-day?†
attribute = credit (point to as the source of something)
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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context
1 use
But I was sorely put out by the absence of all else—of the body to my imagined instrument—of the text for my context.†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
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enable
4 uses
We, finally, lightened the box by removing two thirds of its contents, when we were enabled, with some trouble, to raise it from the hole.†
enabled = made possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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endeavor
4 uses
In the mean time I endeavored, but all in vain, to sound him in regard to the object of the expedition.†
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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grave
2 uses
Hereupon Legrand arose, with a grave and stately air, and brought me the beetle from a glass case in which it was enclosed.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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infernal
3 uses
"I am anxious to oblige you in any way," I replied; "but do you mean to say that this infernal beetle has any connection with your expedition into the hills?"†
infernal = very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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ingenuity
3 uses
Circumstances, and a certain bias of mind, have led me to take interest in such riddles, and it may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma of the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.†
ingenuity = ability to solve problems in smart creative ways
DefinitionGenerally ingenuity means:
the ability to solve problems in smart creative ways
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inquiry
3 uses
After some inquiries respecting his health, I asked him, not knowing what better to say, if he had yet obtained the scarabaeus from Lieutenant G ——.†
inquiries = questions or investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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nevertheless
1 use
And nevertheless it was done.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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obsolete
1 use
"It left me also in the dark," replied Legrand, "for a few days; during which I made diligent inquiry, in the neighborhood of Sullivan's Island, for any building which went by the name of the 'Bishop's Hotel;' for, of course, I dropped the obsolete word 'hostel.'†
obsolete = no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better
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precede
1 use
Looking beyond these words, for a short distance, we again see the combination;48, and employ it by way of termination to what immediately precedes.†
precedes = goes, does, or is before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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recollect
3 uses
I became perfectly certain of this; for I recollected turning up first one side and then the other, in search of the cleanest spot.†
recollected = remembered
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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relevant
1 use
This reflection suggested some meaning—some relevancy—in the death's-head.†
relevancy = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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scrutiny
6 uses
For some minutes he continued to scrutinize the drawing minutely where he sat.†
scrutinize = to look at very carefully

(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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subsequent
2 uses
We estimated the entire contents of the chest, that night, at a million and a half of dollars; and upon the subsequent disposal of the trinkets and jewels (a few being retained for our own use), it was found that we had greatly undervalued the treasure.†
subsequent = following something else
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supposition
2 uses
And what cause have you, Jupiter, for such a supposition?†
supposition = something supposed (rather than something known to be so)
DefinitionGenerally supposition means:
something supposed (rather than something known to be so) — especially when others doubt that reality
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vary
2 uses
In the present case—indeed in all cases of secret writing—the first question regards the language of the cipher; for the principles of solution, so far, especially, as the more simple ciphers are concerned, depend upon, and are varied by, the genius of the particular idiom.†
varied = differed; or changed
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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