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To Kill a Mockingbird
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 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
Book8 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.178.10
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2  —1 use 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)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21, p.281.4
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acquit
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she was acquitted
It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
acquit = officially find "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23, p.294.18
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congregation
1 use
It's a casual congregation where many people wander into services late.
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.162.60
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 4, p.51.46
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 15, p.203.80
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cross-examination
6 uses
Prosecutors expect to wrap up their cross-examination tomorrow.
cross-examination = the re-questioning of a witness who has already been questioned by the other side in court
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.68.75
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defendant
15 uses
The defendant is confident she will be found innocent.
defendant = a person (or institution) legally accused or sued in court
DefinitionGenerally defendant means:
a person or institution legally accused or sued in court
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.193.6
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1, p.4.52
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Hitler
16 uses
Hitler killed disabled children as his first action of  "racial hygiene." He pretended to end the program when the public protested.
Hitler = German Nazi dictator during World War II
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26, p.327.79
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immaterial
3 uses
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.236.48
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impair
2 uses
Alcohol impairs the ability to drive safely.
impairs = makes worse
DefinitionGenerally impair means:
make worse or less effective
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19, p.261.75
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narrator
1 use
The narrator in the play, Our Town talks to characters in the play as well as to the audience.
narrator = an actor in a play, movie, or other performance who helps to tell the story by talking directly to the audience (breaking the imaginary barrier between the performers and the audience)
DefinitionGenerally narrator means:
someone who tells a story—especially the main voice in a documentary, or a character who talks directly to the audience in a movie, play or other performance
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 27, p.338.95
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12, p.167.20
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positive
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 6, p.68.5
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reflect   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
reflect American Values
Which choice best reflects the overall sequence of events in the passage?
reflects = expresses
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
represent, demonstrate, or express
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.118.12
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2  —4 uses as in:
I want to reflect on it.
At the beginning of this passage, the author reflects on her life as a waitress.
reflects = thinks carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9, p.113.2
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3  —1 use as in:
reflect the light/heat/sound
We're replacing all the warning signs with signs that reflect headlights in the dark.
reflect = bounce back light from
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.14.68
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testify
8 uses
She testified against the robber.
testified = provided oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.220.81
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7, p.81.7
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