Books (1000+)    Teacher Information    Your Review Words    Other . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading
The Second Hundred Study Words for
Standardized Tests like the SAT® or ACT®
Ordered by Importance of Study
Based on the SAT® as redesigned for tests taken after January of 2016
Click word for detail
Return to the Top 100 Words
Please elaborate on the reasons you think this is the best plan.
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
She says women should assert themselves more.
She disputes his claim.
I object to her implication that my work was sub-standard.
"Did she explicitly promise?"
"Well, I guess not explicitly, but nobody who was there could have missed the implicit promise."
This risk is implicit in your plan. We can work to minimize the danger, but it cannot be eliminated.
Her team has implicit confidence in her decisions.
substantiateprove or strengthen an argument or theory  — as in:  substantiated by the report
I knew that the mouse—wolf relationship was a revolutionary one to science and would be treated with suspicion, and possibly with ridicule, unless it could be so thoroughly substantiated that there would be no room to doubt its validity.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
I was too shocked to utter a complaint.
She wanted to warn him, but fear kept her from uttering a sound.
I was looking at my reflection in her sunglasses.
I watched the reflection of the sunlight in the underside of the pool umbrella.
The diversity of our police force is a reflection of our community.
Upon reflection, I should have been more patient with her.
I don’t think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
We’re looking for novel advertising ideas.
She is apprehensive about her new job.
Her play is inconsistent. Sometimes she’s unbeatable and other times she beats herself.
Please critique this performance
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
They created a sinister plan to recruit terrorists.
The hotel is decorated with ornate furniture, lots of carved designs, and gold leaf gilding.
I assume she was at school today, but I don’t remember actually seeing her.
The dictator assumed control of the country at midnight this morning.
She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
I’m taking the pills the doctor prescribed, but I’m also looking into alternative medicine such as acupuncture.
The author is known for creative use of foreshadowing.
preciseexact (accurate)

other common meaning(s)
on this page
  — as in:  about noon; 12:03 to be precise
Is it precise enough if I measure to the closest inch?
She has the kind of precise personality that never has a cluttered desk or an out-of-fashion item in her closet.
I don’t function well on less than six hours of sleep a night; and I do best on nine.
The function of the lens of the eye is to focus light on the retina.
I promised to attend their function tonight. I think it’s important that we show our support.
Their success is a function of their teamwork and practice.
I like Amazon’s new search function.
What is the function to calculate how much carpet is required to cover a rectangular room of a given length and width?
compensatemake up for; or adjust for

other common meaning(s)
on this page
  — as in:  he compensates with extra effort
She uses several techniques to help compensate for her dyslexia.
The company has offered to compensate everyone impacted by the defective cars.
We all agree that we want what’s "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
Is her theory supported by empirical data?
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
The money has been appropriated, but it hasn’t been spent yet.
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
I’m inclined to believe him.
inclineto be at an angle or to bend

other common meaning(s)
on this page
  — as in:  on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
The test enables earlier identification of autism.
We share the domestic chores.
The deparment is responsible for studying all the domestic species of animals and plants.
Her New Year’s resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the country’s use of chemical weapons.
She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
We anticipate a peaceful resolution to the dispute.
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
The abstract is free, but there is a fee to see the entire article.
She is an abstract painter.
She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity of each person.
She invoked the Fifth Amendment as reason not to answer.
The film benefited from the controversy.
Her analogy is flawed.
The two events coincided
After the initial answers, the moderator will facilitate an open discussion of the topic.
The information contained in the second report is either corrective of or supplementary to the previous report.
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
I’m optimistic that I’ll get into a good college.
She is suspected of implication in three burglaries.
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were contemporary artists who competed for some projects.
It’s easier to find outstanding books when selecting from those that have been in print for a long time, but were it not for that I would prefer modern literature with its contemporary language, issues, and ideas.
Gender roles were more defined when my grandmother was growing up.
Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
Her provocative article is sure to create debate.
From the fifth grade onward, most vocabulary acquisition occurs incidentally while reading.
A fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner.
She’s personable and funny with her friends, but tends to be inhibited with strangers.
By this time the two former friends were hardly speaking to each other and had to call in local elders to mediate.
Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
The recession in Asia was contemporaneous with that in the United States.
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
Her plan sounds feasible.
Cattle markets tend to fluctuate a lot, and some years, you don’t make much of anything.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
She is working subtly against us.
a subtle, but unmistakable warning
The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn’t harm it.
My plans are still tentative.
She plans to devise something to launch water balloons.
contendto compete

other common meaning(s)
on this page
  — as in:  She contended for the gold medal
Militant groups are contending for control of the country
Her lawyer contends that the contract isn’t valid.
contendto struggle

other common meaning(s)
on this page
  — as in:  She contended with it
She contends with headaches.
Don’t worry about my feelings. I’d like your candid opinion.
The book depicts the precariousness financial position of a working class, single mom.
Her story evoked sympathy.
I appealed to Boney now, Detective Rhonda Boney with the sympathetic air that seemed at least partly authentic.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
Give us feedback