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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 55 uses
1  —52 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
Book52 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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2  —3 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)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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amiable
26 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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condescending
25 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 60 uses
1  —54 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 (usually an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book54 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4-6
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2  —6 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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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 16-18
Web Links
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 46-48
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deport   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 43 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deport from the U.S.
The government deported her.
deported = forced (someone) to leave the country
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
force someone to leave a country
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
Web Links
2  —42 uses as in:
deport herself with dignity
She launched into a lecture on deportment and dress at school.
deportment = behave in a certain manner
Word Statistics
Book42 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
Web Links
entreat
35 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
Web Links
minuteness   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-27
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-39
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 66 uses
1  —27 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
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
2  —10 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
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
Web Links
3  —29 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book29 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
Web Links
trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22-24
Web Links
2  —10 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
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