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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
moved to accommodate her
Troy is fifty-three years old, a large man with thick, heavy hands; it is this largeness that he strives to fill out and make an accommodation with.
accommodation = arrangement

(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 accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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destitute
1 use
Near the turn of the century, the destitute of Europe sprang on the city with tenacious claws and an honest and solid dream.
destitute of = extremely poor
DefinitionGenerally destitute means:
extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter

The expression "destitute of" means:  lacking
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direct
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
He'll be back directly.†
directly = in a short time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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down payment
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You can put a down payment on it and carry it on home with you.
down payment = a partial payment made at the time of purchase
DefinitionGenerally down payment means:
a partial payment made at the time of purchase (the rest to be paid later)
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dubious
1 use
One or two chairs of dubious value sit at one end where the kitchen window opens onto the porch.
dubious = doubtful (in this case saying, they are not good chairs)
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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eloquent
1 use
That they could breathe free, finally, and stand to meet life with the force of dignity and whatever eloquence the heart could call upon.
eloquence = powerful use of language
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emulate
1 use
His commitment to their friendship of thirty-odd years is rooted in his admiration of Troy's honesty, capacity for hard work, and his strength, which Bono seeks to emulate.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
You grown ... we done established that.†
established = accepted as true
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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guile
1 use
It nourished itself and offered each man a partnership limited only by his talent, his guile, and his willingness and capacity for hard work.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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integral
1 use
Though she doesn't drink, her presence is an integral part of the Friday night rituals.
integral = an essential part or characteristic
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pneumonia
1 use
You remember he had pneumonia?
pneumonia = respiratory disease characterized by inflammation and accumulation of fluid in the lungs
DefinitionGenerally pneumonia means:
respiratory disease characterized by inflammation and accumulation of fluid in the lungs; caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses or bacteria) or by inhalation of certain irritants
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Troy is usually the most talkative and at times he can be crude and almost vulgar, though he is capable of rising to profound heights of expression.
profound = intense (or deep and far-reaching)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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rein
2 uses
I picked up them reins and commenced to whupping on him.
reins = straps used to control a horse
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse (You might like to think of other senses of rein as being figurative derivations from this sense.)
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ridicule
1 use
He has come to borrow money from Troy, and while he knows he will be successful, he is uncertain as to what extent his lifestyle will be held up to scrutiny and ridicule.
ridicule = made fun of
DefinitionGenerally ridicule means:
mock (make fun of); or the language or behavior that does so
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scarcity
1 use
Jobs are scarce.
scarce = available less than desired
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
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scrutiny
1 use
He has come to borrow money from Troy, and while he knows he will be successful, he is uncertain as to what extent his lifestyle will be held up to scrutiny and ridicule.
scrutiny = careful examination
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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succession
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a succession of events
a succession of abusive men and their babies,
succession = series (one after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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taunt
2 uses
Troy taunts him. He sticks out his head and offers him a target.
taunts = angers or challenges
DefinitionGenerally taunt means:
to intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone — especially by mocking them or hurling insults

or (as a noun): an insult or other action intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
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turbulent
1 use
The Milwaukee Braves won the World Series, and the hot winds of change that would make the sixties a turbulent, racing, dangerous, and provocative decade had not yet begun to blow full.
turbulent = disorderly
DefinitionGenerally turbulent means:
a state of disturbance and disorder

or:

of liquid or gas:  rough (rapid and irregular flow)
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vulgar
1 use
Troy is usually the most talkative and at times he can be crude and almost vulgar,
vulgar = crude or offensive
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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