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The Call of the Canyon

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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
He could dance and dangle attendance upon her, and amuse her—but how would he have acquitted himself in a moment of peril?†
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
She wanted to adapt herself to the metamorphosis that had been wrought in her.†
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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aloof
13 uses
Cold, silent, haunted by something, he had made her miserable with his aloofness.†
aloofness = the quality or degree of being socially distant or uninterested

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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anguish
7 uses
Poignant regret seemed added to the anguish she was suffering.†
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
The crescent moon went down, the stars moved on their course, the coyotes ceased to wail, the wind died away, the lapping of the waves along the lake shore wore to gentle splash, the whispering of the insects stopped as the cold of dawn 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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Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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attain
5 uses
In a moment she was racing at a speed she had never before half attained on a horse.†
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 9
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
How deep and soft the red color in contrast with the green!†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
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
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
To Carley these groves, by reason of contrast and proof of what once was, only rendered the landscape more forlorn and dreary.†
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
Before she had gone West she might have had many of the conventional modern ideas about women and marriage.†
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book2 uses
Library11 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
Their merry voices contrasted discordantly...
discordantly = not sounding good together
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 9
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eloquent
7 uses
Flo talked eloquently about the joys of camp life, and how the harder any outdoor task was and the more endurance and pain it required, the more pride and pleasure one had in remembering it.†
eloquently = with powerful use of language
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
endured the pain
The lesson of the West had been to endure, not to shirk—to face an issue, not to hide.
endure = work through the difficult (suffer through)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book9 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
This old mountain ... endured because of the spirit of nature.
endured = continued to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
On August 1st she accompanied her aunt and several friends to Lake Placid, where they established themselves at a hotel.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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foliage
8 uses
When at length she looked out instead of down she could see nothing but a mass of green foliage crossed by tree trunks and branches of brown and gray.†
foliage = plant leaves
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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grave
3 uses
The chasm seemed a grave of silence.†
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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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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manifest
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Here he manifested hunger, then a contrary nature, next insubordination, and finally direct hostility.†
manifested = made obvious (or shown)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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moreover
4 uses
Moreover, along with her idea of what a spectacle she must have presented, it quickly decided Carley that Spillbeans was a horse that was not to be opposed.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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retort
12 uses
"You are twenty-six years old, Carley," retorted Aunt Mary.†
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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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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scorn
11 uses
She set her will and steeled her heart with all the pride and vanity and fury of a woman who had been defeated but Who scorned defeat.†
scorned = disrespected or rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book11 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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