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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 39 uses
1  —36 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
In this exigency the guide came to a decision with his usual cool promptitude, making his preparations accordingly.†
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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Book36 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
Sartain, when I got the right position, I finished the affair of my own accord.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
On the upper margin of the opening, the viewless influence had piled tree on tree, in such a manner as had not only enabled the two males of the party to ascend to an elevation of some thirty feet above the level of the earth, but, with a little care and encouragement, to induce their more timid companions to accompany them.†
ascend = climb upward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —23 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The utmost circumspection consequently became necessary, and each one was too much engrossed with his own thoughts to feel a disposition to utter more than was called for by the exigencies of the case.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book23 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
It would have been a pleasant sight to witness the eager desire of each of these two sincere females to ascertain all that might be of consequence to their respective friends; and yet the native delicacy with which each refrained from pressing the other to make revelations which would have been improper, as well as the sensitive, almost intuitive, feeling with which each avoided saying aught that might prove injurious to her own nation.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 22
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...hid her countenance in her apron to conceal her tears;
countenance = face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...he was willing enough to defer the argument until they had been longer together,
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
a woman unaccustomed to defer to the superior rights of
defer = submit
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 22
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
a strange and discordant sound
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 29
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Lieutenant Muir, it is true, claims his right; but, being quartermaster, I do not like to break up well-established arrangements.†
established = long-practiced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book4 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
There, sure enough, it was found that the Quartermaster's bullet had gone through the hole made by Jasper's, and that, too, so accurately as to require a minute examination to be certain of the circumstance; which, however, was soon clearly established, by discovering one bullet over the other in the stump against which the target was placed.†
established = demonstrated or known
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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grave
10 uses
"Good morrow, brother Cap," said the Sergeant giving the military salute, as he walked, in a grave, stately manner, on the bastion.†
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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Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 134 uses
1  —132 uses as in:
However, complications may...
At the end of the month, however, the season was getting to be too far advanced to render her situation pleasant to June.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book132 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
However much she tried...
I think it every man's duty to believe in the power of God, however difficult it may be.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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inclined
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
But I did not think it possible I could be deceived as to the young woman's inclinations, which I think I may boldly pronounce to be altogether above the condition of Pathfinder.†
inclinations = tendencies (attitudes favoring)

(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 this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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notwithstanding
32 uses
Notwithstanding his professional pride, Cap would have gladly followed; but he did not like to exhibit so unequivocal a weakness in the presence of a fresh-water sailor.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book32 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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novel
3 uses
In him, therefore, the scene in the blockhouse awakened no very novel feelings.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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prudent
20 uses
Not he, not he; he is as prudent as he is brave, in the main, though so forgetful of himself in the late ambushment.†
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
I thank you for this advice, Quartermaster, which is the more acceptable as it costs nothing; but I do not think it belongs to my gifts to yield a place like this while food and water last.†
yield = produce or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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2  —13 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Mabel said, pressing the other's hand, and yielding to an impulse of generous confidence.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book13 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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