expect, believe, or suppose
His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to stop pestering him I consulted Atticus: "Reckon he's got a tapeworm?"
gotten through environmental forces
Overnight, it seemed, Jem, had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me: several times he went so far as to tell me what to do.
incapable of being put up with
With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.
to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate
She had trusted Jem for years, but that night she invaded his privacy and provoked an outburst: "Can't anybody take a bath in this house without the whole family lookin'?"
to cause to separate and go in different directions
It was dim inside, with a damp coolness slowly dispelled by the gathering congregation.
At each seat was a cheap cardboard fan bearing a garish Garden of Gethsemane, courtesy Tyndal's Hardware Co.
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
I did likewise with no qualms.
remain present although waning or gradually dying
Music again swelled around us; the last note lingered and Zeebo met it with the next line: "And we only reach that shore by faith's decree."
cause to move forward with force
I wanted to stay and explore, but Calpurnia propelled me up the aisle ahead of her.
marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
That Calpurnia led a modest double life never dawned on me.
having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others
I realized that this was not a tactful question.
remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
There was a story behind all this, but I had no desire to extract it from her then: today was Sunday, and Aunt Alexandra was positively irritable on the Lord's Day.
reflect deeply on a subject
I understood, pondered a while, and concluded that the only way I could retire with a shred of dignity was to go to the bathroom, where I stayed long enough to make them think I had to go.
treat with excessive indulgence
If anything, she's been harder on them in some ways than a mother would have been . . . she's never let them get away with any- thing, she's never indulged them the way most colored nurses do.
Still, everything he read he passed along to me, but with this difference: formerly, because he thought I'd like it; now, for my edification and instruction.
go or come after and bring or take back
He went to the kitchen and fetched the broom.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
There was a murmur among the group of men, made more ominous when Atticus moved back to the bottom front step and the men drew nearer to him.
not agitated; without losing self-possession
I sometimes think Atticus subjected every crisis of his life to tranquil evaluation behind The Mobile Register, The Birmingham News and The Montgomery Advertiser.
be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
The fake peace that prevailed on Sundays was made more irritating by Aunt Alexandra's presence.
forbidden by law
Shooting on Sundays was prohibited, so Dill and I kicked Jem's football around the pasture for a while, which was no fun.
(followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability
In Maycomb, if one went for a walk with no definite purpose in mind, it was correct to believe one's mind incapable of definite purpose.
(followed by `to' or `of') lacking conscious awareness of
He was sitting in one of his office chairs, and he was reading, oblivious of the nightbugs dancing over his head.
agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus's instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging.
providing or experiencing physical discomfort
He seemed uncomfortable; he cleared his throat and looked away.
a positive feeling of liking
As they passed under a streetlight, Atticus reached out and massaged Jem's hair, his one gesture of affection.