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abundant
15 uses
But after all, as Conseil noted, we enjoyed complete freedom, we were daintily and abundantly fed.†
abundantly = with great quantity
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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Book15 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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accord
41 uses
1  —41 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Its flesh is actual red meat, highly prized ... accordingly, this excellent animal has been hunted so bloodthirstily that, like its manatee relatives, it has become more and more scarce.
accordingly = in keeping with (what was said before)
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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Book41 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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adorn
19 uses
Some thirty pictures by the masters, uniformly framed and separated by gleaming panoplies of arms, adorned walls on which were stretched tapestries of austere design.†
adorned = decorated
DefinitionGenerally adorn means:
to decorate — especially a person
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Book19 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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continuous
13 uses
When the device is operating, this gas becomes luminous and gives off a continuous whitish light.†
continuous = continuing in time or space without interruption or irregularity
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Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
contrary to
And, contrary to custom, it executed such a maneuver several times during that day of January 19.†
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —5 uses as in:
on the contrary
On the contrary, my respect is due you.†
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
I spotted some magnificent albatross, birds ... whose discordant calls sound like...
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 2
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dispose
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
The skiff was put at our disposal for the next morning.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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enable
16 uses
This sudden illumination of our cabin enabled me to examine its tiniest details.†
enabled = made possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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irascible
1 use
"But professor," our irascible companion went on, "can't you see that we could die of hunger in this iron cage?"
irascible = easily angered
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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moreover
15 uses
Moreover, the solution it proposed allowed for free play of the imagination.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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perish
21 uses
Braving the ice banks of the South Pole, the coral of Oceania, the cannibals of the Pacific, only to perish wretchedly in a train wreck!†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book21 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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phenomenon
24 uses
I'll spare you the innumerable hypotheses with which we've tried to explain this inexplicable phenomenon, whose secret is yours alone.†
phenomenon = something that happened and is considered extraordinary
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book24 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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prodigious
21 uses
Conseil and I were soon dressed in these diving suits, as were Captain Nemo and one of his companions—a herculean type who must have been prodigiously strong.†
prodigiously = enormously; or with a magnitude or degree that is far beyond what is usual
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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refuge
17 uses
Gone are the days when Jonahs took refuge in the bellies of whales!†
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Book17 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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relevant
3 uses
A second well–polished stone removed a tasty ringdove leg from Conseil's hand, giving still greater relevance to his observation.†
relevance = importance (meaningful relation to the issue in question)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
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specimen
40 uses
This man was certainly the most wonderful physical specimen I had ever encountered.†
specimen = a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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Book40 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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torrent
13 uses
The cowls over the companionways would vomit a torrent of sailors and officers.†
torrent = an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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tranquil
17 uses
It's the most tranquil of the seas; its currents are wide and slow–moving, its tides moderate, its rainfall abundant.†
tranquil = calm and undisturbed
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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yield
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Defeated, mutilated, battered to death, the monsters finally yielded to us and disappeared beneath the waves.†
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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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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