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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Miss Katie said money was a bad thing, and according to the good book, it was the root of all evil.†
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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Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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afflict
1 use
How in the Lord's world did you come up with that affliction, Ruby Helen?†
affliction = something that causes ongoing suffering

(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 afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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1st useChapter 3
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apparent
1 use
And then, for no apparent reason, start to limp.†
apparent = clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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apprentice
1 use
Afterwards I apprenticed for awhile, learning textile design, fabric, wallpaper, and such.†
apprenticed = one who works for an expert to learn a trade; or (as a verb) performance of that kind of work
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1st useChapter 8
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communal
1 use
For some school paper, my daddy once wrote, "Between farmers, there is that communality of souls.†
communality = related to a group rather than individuals
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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compel
1 use
He simply said, quietly, "There is something so awesome about death, baby girl, people feel compelled to address it in some way.†
compelled = forced; or (more rarely) convinced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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constant
1 use
So are her parents/They are constantly on the move all the time, moving toward and away from each other, like the checkers move about a checkerboard.†
constantly = in a manner that is unchanging, continuous, or happens repeatedly
DefinitionGenerally constant means:
unchanging, continuous, or happening repeatedly
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Library64 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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cultivate
1 use
They are neatly placed beside homemade ones, made from wild broomstraw gathered from open uncultivated farm land.†
uncultivated = not developed

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in uncultivated means not and reverses the meaning of cultivated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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Denmark
3 uses
I went to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark last summer.†
Denmark = officially The Kingdom of Denmark; a constitutional monarchy in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe which was at one time the home of Viking raiding parties and is today a member of the EU and NATO
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1st useChapter 13
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direct
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
He looked directly at Gaten.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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entwined
1 use
You see, there is a vine that often times grows in peach orchards, entwined into peach trees.†
entwined = interconnected (not easily separated) or twisted together
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1st useChapter 10
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glimpse
2 uses
I keep cutting my eyes so sharp because sometimes it seems like I catch a glimpse of my daddy.†
glimpse = a quick look or partial understanding
DefinitionGenerally glimpse means:
a quick look or partial understanding
The exact meaning of glimpse can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I caught a glimpse of her when I was walking to class." — a very quick look
  • "I glimpsed at the headlines." — looked quickly
  • "Reading the book gave me a glimpse of the life of a devout Muslim immigrant in America." — a quick, incomplete view
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Library43 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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ligament
1 use
Your daughter likely tore a ligament in the beginning and doubtless kept hurting the same leg over and over.†
ligament = tough fibrous tissue that connects bones
DefinitionGenerally ligament means:
a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue that connects bones or cartilages
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1st useChapter 12
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migrant
1 use
Every summer if there's a big peach crop the migrant workers flood Round Hill.†
migrant = one who moves from one place to another
DefinitionGenerally migrant means:
a person (or animal) that moves from one place to another — sometimes seasonally — sometimes for work
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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monopoly
1 use
In a way it reminds me of a game of Monopoly.†
monopoly = the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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on the other hand
1 use
On the other hand, I'm sure there are things I can learn from Sara Kate.†
on the other hand = from another point of view; or in a way that is different (a phrase used to introduce a different perspective or idea)
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1st useChapter 6
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repentance
1 use
When Sara Kate told Everleen she'd made a dreadful mistake, Everleen said, "Repent, sinner and go thy way, and sin no more.†
repent = feel regret for having done wrong and resolve to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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tetanus
1 use
At the hospital they took out shotgun pellets from her hand, but missed one in her head, and gave her a tetanus shot and sent her back home.†
tetanus = bacterial infection typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object
DefinitionGenerally tetanus means:
a bacterial infection typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object; prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine and by subsequent booster shots every 10 years
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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tinged
1 use
Even now, there is a little tinge of hurt or sadness when they talk so bad about her.†
tinge = a slight amount; or to contain a slight amount
DefinitionGenerally tinged means:
with a slight amount

(If an amount of what is not clear from context, it is typically of color.)
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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wretched
1 use
He said, according to legend, "Bruce, hiding from enemies in a wretched hut, watched a spider swinging by one of its threads.†
wretched = miserable or very bad
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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