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And Then There Were None
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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
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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appreciate
4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I appreciate her efforts.
I appreciate the importance of this decision.
appreciate = recognize
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appreciate means:
to recognize the value or importance of

and/or:

to be grateful for
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
contradict
3 uses
Does the sentence contradict the main claim of the essay?
contradict = disagree with
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree as in:
  • to say something is not true
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true
  • to be in conflict with
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 16
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 6
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Book1 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 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)
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
long established procedures
She got a job with an established firm.
established = long-accepted or long-successful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
cause long-term acceptance, reputation, or success
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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exonerate
3 uses
The jury exonerated him of all charges.
exonerated = freed from blame
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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grave
9 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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mania
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
the mania of manic depression
Impulsive acts accompanying mania often lead to problems.
mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement, rapidly changing ideas, and overactivity
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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nevertheless
8 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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perjury
4 uses
She was not found guilty of the theft, but was found guilty of perjury during her testimony to the grand jury.
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies in court after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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positive
5 uses
1  —5 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)
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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reflect   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
reflect in the mirror
She saw her face reflected in his sunglasses.
reflected = shown back
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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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 14
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
sheer fun
She got the job through sheer persistence.
sheer = complete and without restriction (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —2 uses as in:
a sheer cliff
Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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stolid
3 uses
She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow's.
stolid = revealing little emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — often thinking slowly

or:

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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tone
11 uses
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
tone = general feeling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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