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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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annihilate
6 uses
She reported that "ISIS needs to understand the the Joint Force is on orders to annihilate them."
annihilate = completely defeat and destroy
DefinitionGenerally annihilate means:
to completely destroy or defeat
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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capitalism
21 uses
Capitalism has helped to move millions of people out of poverty.
capitalism = an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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Book21 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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continuous
24 uses
The national power grid is under almost continuous attack.
continuous = constant (uninterrupted)
DefinitionGenerally continuous means:
continuing in time or space without interruption or irregularity
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Book24 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
The salesperson demonstrated features of both phones so I could compare them.
demonstrated = showed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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Book3 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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2  —8 uses as in:
demonstrate to protest
The students demonstrated against hate speech.
demonstrated = joined with others in a public protest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 19 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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3  —4 uses as in:
directed the movie
She directed the move.
directed = supervised (was in charge) — including specialized senses such as to have been in charge of the production of or performance of a movie, play, or orchestra
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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?  —7 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
empirical
3 uses
Is her theory supported by empirical data?
empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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forgery
6 uses
The painting is a forgery.
forgery = a fake ( a copy meant to look like the original)
DefinitionGenerally forgery means:
something that is represented as real even though it is a fake; or the making of such a fake item
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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heresy
20 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8
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moreover
11 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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obsolete
4 uses
That old phone is obsolete.
obsolete = outdated (no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better)
DefinitionGenerally obsolete means:
no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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orthodox
21 uses
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = standard (adhering to what is commonly accepted)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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prevail
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
prevailing attitude
In the afternoon, the meadow enjoys prevailing winds from the west.
prevailing = most commonly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prevailing means:
most common, powerful, or influential
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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rectify
8 uses
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = make right or correct
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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relevant
4 uses
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 15
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