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The Great Gatsby
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assert   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
asserts = says (that something is true — especially something disputed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
asserted her authority
She says women should assert themselves more.
assert = to be forceful in exercising rights
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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bond
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
the bond market
US Bonds are considered vary safe, but they will go down in value when interest rates rise.
bonds = certificates to repay a loan that are issued by a government or corporation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bond means:
a certificate issued by a government or corporation that promises to repay a debt  in return for a loan
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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bound   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
south-bound lanes
There was an accident in the south-bound lanes.
bound = travelling (in that direction)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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3  —1 use as in:
bound together
The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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4  —1 use as in:
out of bounds; bounded on the east
The ball went out of bounds.
bounds = the boundaries of an area where a game is played
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
a boundary or limit
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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corroborate
2 uses
The detectives looked for evidence to corroborate her story.
corroborate = support
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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 9
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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 2
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elude   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
he eluded the police
The thief eluded the police
eluded = avoided (got away from)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach — as in:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home.
  • Success has eluded me so far.
  • She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
your point eludes me
What you are seeing in him eludes me.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understood)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 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 or start
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 9
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imply
2 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 2
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incessant
9 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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incredulous
8 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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scorn
6 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = treated with disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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sensuous
3 uses
I made the bed with sensuous silk sheets.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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