toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books

Main Street
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

(click/touch triangles for details)
advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
an advocate
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
amiable
20 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
amorous
5 uses
She doesn't think of him in an amorous way.
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
asserts = says (that something is true — especially something disputed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
condescending
11 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
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
cordial
11 uses
The countries share a long border and have cordial relations.
cordial = showing warm and heartfelt friendliness
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
credulous
4 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
cynical
17 uses
The experience made her overly cynical.
cynical = someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
flippant
6 uses
Her response is entertaining, but the question deserves a less flippant answer.
flippant = showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
frivolous
11 uses
Instead of helping, her remarks were frivolous.
frivolous = not serious
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
heresy
11 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
lugubrious
5 uses
It's hard to say "No" to that lugubrious hound-dog face.
lugubrious = excessively mournful
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
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 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 30
Web Links
resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 32
Web Links
resolute
12 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
socialism
19 uses
She believes that more socialism would be more fair.
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership and control of all companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
suffrage
9 uses
Although few of the women who pioneered women's suffrage lived long enough vote, the right was finally granted to women in 1920.
suffrage = the right to vote
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
Take Quiz
Return to Book Menu
Go to Large-Screen Version
(more words)