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accord
55 uses
1  —55 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
...he worked on bringing Swedish law into accord with that of the EU,
accord = agreement
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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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
He had begun his career as the assistant prosecutor in Uppsala, until he was recruited as an investigator by the Ministry of Justice, where he worked on bringing Swedish law into accord with that of the EU, and he acquitted himself so well that for a time he was appointed division chief.†
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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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
We will also be asking about what type of advertising images you like and we show you various alternatives.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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cryptic
17 uses
Gradually she was getting a good overview, even though it was based on cryptic fragments that she had to piece together from their various documents.†
cryptic = secretive or difficult to understand
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Milton Security had close to forty cars at its disposal, some of which carried the company logo and were used on business trips.†
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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epiphany
1 use
Pythagoras' equation (x2 + y2 = z2), formulated five centuries before Christ, was an epiphany.
epiphany = important and sudden realization
DefinitionGenerally epiphany means:
a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Armansky kept waiting for a link to be established between Salander and the couple in Enskede.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
In my view, we have a responsibility to establish the truth.†
establish = show, determine, or understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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grave
1 use
He looked absurdly well—approachable and relaxed, but with a grave expression.†
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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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
I don't know how we're going to illustrate this.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
For Salander it was an irony of fate that she and her sister were so dramatically dissimilar.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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malevolent
1 use
She suddenly looked malevolent.
malevolent = evil (dangerous)
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
That sounds like an objective researcher!
objective = fact-based and not influenced by personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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pithy
2 uses
Miriam Wu expressed her feelings in a pithy way.
"Ah yes. That Blomkvist. Go to hell, journalist creep."
She broke off the connection before Blomkvist had a chance to explain what he wanted.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
When we started I was positive that she was guilty.†
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Not a positive development.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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rectify
1 use
She decided to rectify that situation and set the dildo on her bedside table.
rectify = fix
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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relevant
3 uses
When he put in a request for the report he was told that it was stamped "TOP SECRET by Order of His Royal Highness," but that he could file an appeal with the relevant government department.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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stonewall
1 use
McBain stonewalled the many questions and directed his guests to the cellar stairs behind the front desk.
stonewalled = didn't answer questions
DefinitionGenerally stonewall means:
to block progress - typically by refusing to answer questions
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
So 3,060 grams would yield a cut value of about 600,000 kronor.†
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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