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accord
9 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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?  —5 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I assume it's true
I assume she was at school today, but I don't remember actually seeing her.
assume = accept as true (without proof)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
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Book3 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
She assumed power
The dictator assumed control of the country at midnight this morning.
assumed = took (power)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
beginning to take power or responsibility
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.
contrary = different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —3 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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3  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = In opposition to what was just said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of on the contrary means:
in opposition to what was just said
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use 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
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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direct
3 uses
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
expulsion
10 uses
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out — in this case, kicking someone out of school
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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implement
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a small implement
They found a skeleton along with a number of implements belonging to the Stone Age.
implements = small tools or other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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nevertheless
7 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
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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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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ration
15 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount available to people
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a United Nations resolution
The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the country's use of chemical weapons.
resolution = a formal statement of opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a formal statement of decision or opinion voted on by a group
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
resolution = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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trace   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
found a trace of
There was not a trace of the defendant's DNA at the crime scene.
trace = a tiny quantity or indication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity or indication

The exact meaning of this sense of trace is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace." — any small indication that something was present
  • "She speaks English with just a trace of a southern accent." — a very small amount (especially an amount too small to be accurately measured)
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
Early cat domestication is traced back to China over 5,000 years ago.
traced = found through investigation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of

This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something

    • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
    • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
    • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
    • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation

  • to research or report on the development of something

    • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
    • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on

  • to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something

    • She traces the progress of at-risk students — monitors information
    • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track

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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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3  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
She used her finger to trace a route on the map.
trace = draw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • copying the outline of an image

    • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
    • She projected the image onto the wall, then hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil

  • draw an outline or a specific pattern

    • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
    • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw

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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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utter   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
utter a complaint
I was too shocked to utter a complaint.
utter = say something aloud
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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2  —7 uses as in:
utter a sound
She wanted to warn him, but fear kept her from uttering a sound.
uttering = making a sound with the voice
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
make a sound with the voice
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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