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acquiesce
2 uses
Arya acquiesced, but Eragon could tell that she found it distasteful.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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acquit
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she acquitted herself well
You acquitted yourself well, Eragon.†
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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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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ambivalent
2 uses
Nasuada regarded the marks with ambivalence.
ambivalence = mixed feelings
DefinitionGenerally ambivalent means:
having mixed feelings about something — such as when part of you wants to do something and part of you does not
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1st useChapter 8
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
His study of the ancient language had taught him to appreciate the importance of names—names were power, names were understanding—and until he knew the name of the religion, he would not be able to fully apprehend its true nature.†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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1st useChapter 17
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approach
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
use the best approach
Eragon admired the elf's courage, but he wondered whether insulting Glaedr was really the best approach.†
approach = way of doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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chaos
2 uses
When it came to spreading chaos and destruction, dragons were without equal.
chaos = a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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convoluted   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convoluted thinking
It was an odd spell; the phrasing was obscure and convoluted, and Eragon was unable to determine what it was supposed to accomplish.†
convoluted = complex
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
complex — often more complex than necessary
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1st useChapter 23
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2  —2 uses as in:
convoluted folds of the brain
Arya and Blodhgarm stayed as close beside him as the convoluted passageway would allow.
convoluted = complexly turning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
having complex coils, folds, twists, or irregularities
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1st useChapter 2
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dais
19 uses
Eragon and Roran ran past the marble dais, Eragon restricting his speed so as not to leave Roran behind.†
dais = a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to people on it
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
A new order is about to descend upon Alagaesia, and I would have you be a part of it.†
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43
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despair
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
do not despair
It was an immense task, and he despaired of accomplishing what was needed, fearing that the city might erupt into open battle again.†
despaired = lost hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePrel
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dispose
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
The belief that I know better and that because I have this power at my disposal, I have a responsibility to act.†
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
It was only logical that Murtagh and Thorn would have taken her there, and it would explain the elvish look of the room; the elves had built much of Uru'baen, the city they called Ilirea, either before their war with the dragons—long, long ago—or after the city had become the capital of the Broddring Kingdom and the Riders had established a formal presence therein.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 42
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Fortunately, even though he could not always figure out what a spell was supposed to do, he was often able to establish whether it would affect him, Saphira, or Glaedr.†
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 51
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maxim
1 use
They soon progressed beyond maxims to applied practice.
maxims = short sayings that express general truths or principles
DefinitionGenerally maxim means:
a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
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1st useChapter 25
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
And again, and now it was on her shoulder, the hooks pinching and digging into her skin like a strip of minute cockleburs.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 48
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moreover
16 uses
Moreover, the apparition gave Eragon strength and speed equal to those of the elves themselves.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePrel
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nevertheless
24 uses
Nevertheless, he opened his hand, and the sword clattered against the stones even as Roran's weight settled into his arms.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book24 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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rebuttal
1 use
He could find no way to rebut Orrin's points; they were valid, each and every one, and they left him feeling shamed.
rebut = argue against
DefinitionGenerally rebuttal means:
a statement arguing against something
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1st useChapter 37
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resume
29 uses
Eragon took the lead as they filed back into the stairwell and resumed their climb.†
resumed = began again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
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Book29 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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