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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 20 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
They expect to be accorded the same respect as any other nuclear armed nation.
accorded = given special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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contrast
6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 44
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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 57
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 22
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dismal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a dismal expression
It was a dark and dismal night.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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forbearance
6 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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inclined
7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 27 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
2  —7 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
3  —8 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
patron
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
patron = someone who contributes money to an organization
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44
Web Links
?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
render   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 37
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 54
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully.
rendered = played (portrayed or gave her interpretation of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
resolve
25 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
retort
32 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
Word Statistics
Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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wretched
26 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
yield
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 20
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