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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book19 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 35
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2  —5 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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defer
1 use
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)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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dispose   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle (something so it no longer requires attention)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
dispose of the assets
Will you dispose of your California real estate now that you have moved?
dispose = sell or transfer to another
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 33
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3  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —12 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
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Book12 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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inclined
3 uses
1  —3 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
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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inquiry
31 uses
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 51 uses
1  —45 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
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Book45 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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3  —3 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 28
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recollect
35 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book35 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
Her New Year's resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
resolution = a firm decision to do something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 46
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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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 41
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —23 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
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Book23 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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2  —10 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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