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accompany   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
Tita had agreed to accompany John under a half moon to a neighbor's ranch to celebrate the neighbor's discharge from military service.
accompany = travel with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
Mama Elena died within a month, wracked by horrible pains accompanied by spasms and violent convulsions.
accompanied = joined at the same time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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3  —1 use as in:
accompanied her in the performance
Juan, standing next to him, was accompanying him on the guitar.
accompanying = performing with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to perform with
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1st useChapter 10
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celibate
1 use
No one wanted to become stepfather to this child, which is why she had chosen to spend her life entirely celibate.
celibate = never having sexual intercourse
DefinitionGenerally celibate means:
abstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse

or:

an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
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1st useChapter 11
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
John, in contrast, was offering her something different, the opportunity to establish a new family that no one could take away from her.
in contrast = in a comparison that shows a difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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2  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The delicacy of her face, the perfection of her pure virginal body contrasted with the passion, the lust, that leapt from her eyes, from her every pore.
contrasted = gave a completely different impression
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 3
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
Pedro, holding her much closer than convention allowed, took advantage of this unique opportunity to whisper in Tita's ear:
convention = normally acceptable behavior
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 2
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Juan gave Tita a powerful embrace and told her to convey to Pedro his best wishes for his recovery.†
convey = communicate or express
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1st useChapter 10
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crescendo
1 use
Then she expanded her field of action to the four blocks around her house and so on, gradually, until, in crescendo, she was sweeping all of Piedras Negras before going to school.
crescendo = the time of maximum intensity
DefinitionGenerally crescendo means:
a gradual increase in intensity; or the time of maximum intensity — especially in the loudness of music
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1st useChapter 11
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
From the first, they had established a communication that went far beyond words.
established = created and maintained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
And besides, she'd like to know what kind of studies had established that the youngest daughter and not the eldest is best suited to care for their mother.
established = shown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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glutton
2 uses
When nobody eats the last chile on the plate, it's usually because none of them wants to look like a glutton, so even though they'd really like to devour it, they don't have the nerve to take it.
glutton = a person who regularly eats to excess
DefinitionGenerally glutton means:
someone who consumes more than they should — especially eating and drinking too much

The expression:  "a glutton for punishment" refers to someone who persist in some activity despite negative consequences (as though loving the punishment)

The expression: "a glutton for whatever" refers to people who like whatever a lot — such that "a glutton for sunshine" loves sunshine.
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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illicit
3 uses
Young Jose Trevino was the product of an illicit love affair between the elder Jose Trevino and a beautiful Negress.
illicit = contrary to law or accepted morality
DefinitionGenerally illicit means:
illegal
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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impervious
1 use
The pain of losing her, practically as a newlywed, had made him impervious to love all these years.
impervious = incapable of being affected
DefinitionGenerally impervious means:
not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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1st useChapter 4
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imply
1 use
As the name implies, these rolls are usually prepared around Christmas, but today they were being prepared in honor of Tita's birthday.
implies = suggests (says indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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infinite
6 uses
no matter how hard Tita tried she always got an infinite number of things wrong.
infinite = too numerous to count
DefinitionGenerally infinite means:
unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
Tita saw the incident from a completely different perspective than the rebel soldiers.
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
It was a good thing she hadn't said anything, because when Tita returned to the ranch after hearing about their calamity, Chencha's pious lie would have been shattered by Tita's splendid beauty and radiant energy.
pious = well-intentioned (made to help another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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revise
1 use
She decided to revise the recipe slightly, just so she could use the flowers.
revise = change
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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torment
7 uses
For months she'd been tormented by the thought that Pedro had lied to her on his wedding day, that he'd told her he loved her just so she wouldn't suffer, or that as time went on, he really had grown to love Rosaura.
tormented = made to experience great mental suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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