toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Oliver Twist
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

(click/touch triangles for details)
alacrity
3 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
Web Links
convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
2  —5 uses as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey the princess to London.
convey = transport
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 46 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
2  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
3  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
4  —12 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
Web Links
2  —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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
engender
3 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43
Web Links
2  —2 uses 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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
illustrate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
impetuous
7 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
Web Links
remonstrate
12 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
Web Links
yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —8 uses 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 (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/choices)
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.