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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
From here the head of the Canyon was not visible, and the roar of the rapids was accordingly lessened in volume.†
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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Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
When he was not answering Hare's queries he was giving information of his own accord, telling about the cattle and the range, the mustangs, the Navajos, and the desert.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Hare found it hard to adapt his long legs to the posture, and he wondered how these men, whose legs were longer than his, could sit so easily.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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approach
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
When his task was done the desert brightness had faded to gray; the warm air had blown away on a cool breeze, and night approached.†
approached = got near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book2 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Whether to attribute that fact to the distance from White Sage or to the arrival at the water-hole he could not determine.†
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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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cleave
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
cleave through
He lifted the right forefoot, the one the horse had favored, and found a stone imbedded tightly in the cloven hoof.†
cloven = split (or divided in two)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
And he shut his teeth, and narrowed his eyes, and faced it with an eager joy that was in strange contrast to the pang in his breast.†
contrast = notable difference
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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...harp out of his pocket and began to extract doleful discords from it,
discords = unpleasant sounds
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 3
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endeavor
6 uses
He looked about, endeavoring to find her in the ring of light, for he felt in her a fascination akin to the charm of this twilight hour.†
endeavoring = trying or attempting
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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grave
2 uses
"If she went into the Painted Desert—" a grave shake of his shaggy head completed his sentence.†
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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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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nevertheless
1 use
It was a task for Hare to pretend to congratulate her; nevertheless he mumbled something.†
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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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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parched
7 uses
No moisture reached the parched desert.†
parched = dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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precede
3 uses
A clatter of hoofs and rattling of gravel preceded the appearance of a black horse in the garden path.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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prodigal
1 use
My garden is prodigal.
prodigal = abundant

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of the word, which more commonly means recklessly wasteful)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scorn
4 uses
They met as friends; no trace of scorn marred August's greeting, and Martin was not the same man who had shown fear on the desert.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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vary
1 use
While Hare feared for the lives of some of the Navajos, and pitied the laden ponies, he could not but revel in the scene, in its vivid action and varying color, in the cries and shrill whoops of the Indians, and the snorts of the frightened mustangs, in Naab's hoarse yells to his sons, and the ever-present menacing roar from around the bend.†
varying = differing; or changing
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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waive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
waive the discussion
He could not choose between roast beef and chicken, and so he waived the question by taking both; and what with the biscuits and butter, apple-sauce and blackberry jam, cherry pie and milk like cream, there was danger of making himself ill.†
waived = did not engage in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of waive means:
not engage in
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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wane
6 uses
But as the afternoon waned he crept weariedly back to the corral.†
waned = a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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wrath
7 uses
August Naab exclaimed in wrath.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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yield
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Then I yielded to the lust for blood.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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