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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
According to Helen's judgment Bo might have been a Western girl all her days.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
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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Book5 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
The grizzly, however, stopped of his own accord, just outside of the shadow-line of the forest.†
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 13
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Bo would readily adapt herself to the West, Helen thought, because she was so young, primitive, elemental.†
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 4
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attain
5 uses
And that growth toward absolute silence continued, yet absolute silence was never attained.†
attained = gained or reached something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
He was clean-shaven, dressed in his dark suit, which presented such marked contrast from his riding-garb, and he wore a flower in his buttonhole.†
contrast = 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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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deride
1 use
She took both hands, and called derisively as she fired again.
derisively = in a manner that made fun of and showed a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
The stream hummed a song, seemingly musical at times, and then discordant and dull,
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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dubious
9 uses
A-huh! ejaculated Anson, dubiously.†
dubiously = doubtfully or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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eloquent
9 uses
Bo gave her an eloquent glance.†
eloquent = powerful use of language
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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grave
7 uses
When the preacher stood up again and raised the couple from their kneeling posture, it seemed that a grave and solemn personage had left him.†
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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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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juncture
6 uses
At the juncture Moze returned.†
juncture = where things come together — especially a point in time with a critical event
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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manifest
19 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Then he scrambled to them with every manifestation of delight.†
manifestation = demonstration (something made obvious or shown)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book19 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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nevertheless
7 uses
Nevertheless, he started down, dismounting after a little way.†
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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Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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poignant
6 uses
It was there; the open, the wild, the beautiful, the lonely land; and she felt the poignant call of blood in her—to seek, to strive, to find, to live.†
poignant = sharp or intense
DefinitionGenerally poignant means:
sharp or intense — typically arousing deep emotion such as sadness, but possibly having or creating a sharp smell, taste, or insight
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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precede
6 uses
His loud voice, hoarse with passion, preceded the scrape and crack of hoofs.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
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ravine
13 uses
The forest that he struck into seemed ribbed like a washboard with deep ravines so steep of slope as to make precarious travel.†
ravines = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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resume
13 uses
They resumed their seats before the fire.†
resumed = began again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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retort
26 uses
"No, I 'ain't seen them an' don't want to," she retorted.†
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book26 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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scorn
11 uses
And, when temper was succeeded by genuine anger, she could have laughed to scorn this Harve Riggs and his schemes, whatever they were.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book11 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 25
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wistful
8 uses
The cowboy took two long strides beside the car, his heated boyish face almost on a level with the window, his eyes, now shy and a little wistful, yet bold, too, fixed upon Bo.†
wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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