Instead, I keep ending up instinctively clicking on my browser toolbar link for dict.leo.org, the other dictionary I end up using.
Surprisingly, search results with 3 or 4 definitions in German do just a good of job, especially when I already have a loose idea of the word.
In this case the word was "reticent" and the German words were:
The 1st and 3rd didn't help me, but still and especially zurückhaltend lead me to conclude reticent was "held back" or "reserved" or "quiet".
(reticent was in the Tivo description of some movie Dina recorded...)
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