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acquaint
27 uses
You should acquaint yourself with the new computer program.
acquaint = cause to know better
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Book27 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —20 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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Book20 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20
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2  —13 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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Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
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
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.
contrary = different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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2  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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3  —7 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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disdain
4 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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dispose   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —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 1
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2  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = to arrange, position, or use things
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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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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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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indulgent
11 uses
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 37 uses
1  —25 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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Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —7 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
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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3  —5 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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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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recollect
34 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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Book34 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
She reconciled her checking account statement.
reconciled = brought into agreement (in this case, the statement from the bank with the record she kept in her check register)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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zeal
6 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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