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accompany   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
The nurse accompanies the old woman everywhere.
accompanies = travels with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useIntr.
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2  —1 use as in:
law and accompanying regulations
The trend is easily seen in the accompanying graph.
accompanying = provided together to be complete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
complement (to provide with something else to make it whole or better)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19
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3  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
We'll need to increase public transportation to address the congestion that accompanies higher population density.
accompanies = occurs at the same time (as a result of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 6
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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 23 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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Book18 uses
Library47 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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3  —2 uses as in:
accord her the respect deserved
They expect to be accorded the same respect as any other nuclear armed nation.
accorded = given special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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dwell   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 21 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Don't dwell on the past.
dwell = think or talk about something longer than seems appropriate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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2  —13 uses as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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3  —5 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —11 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
Book11 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use 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
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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ignominious
24 uses
They retreated in ignominious defeat.
ignominious = bringing disgrace or shame
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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infamy
12 uses
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live on in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
infamy = famous for something bad
DefinitionGenerally infamy means:
famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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infer
5 uses
Which of the following facts can you infer from the first paragraph?
infer = figure out or guess by reasoning
DefinitionGenerally infer means:
to figure out or guess by reasoning
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2
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sustain   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 14 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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2  —4 uses as in:
sustained through the ages
For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
sustained = maintained through time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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3  —3 uses as in:
sustained wounds
Every building within a two miles of the center of the earthquake sustained damage.
sustained = suffered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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unrequited
9 uses
It's a sad song about the heartbreak of unrequited love.
unrequited = unreturned
DefinitionGenerally unrequited means:
not returned in kind
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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