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animate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 21 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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2  —10 uses as in:
animate v. inanimate
Is it animate or inanimate?
inanimate = alive

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
alive; or (more rarely) an animal—not a plant; or (more rarely still) the degree to which as an animal feels and thinks
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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2  —8 uses as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey her to London.
convey = transport
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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despair
53 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
do not despair
Don't despair. Next year will be better.
despair = lose hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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unquizzed meaning  —46 uses
endeavor
56 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book56 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 43 uses
1  —35 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
2  —8 uses as in:
endure through the ages
She is gone, but her teachings endure through the ages.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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engage   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
engage in conversation
She engaged in conduct that is a violation of the honor code.
engaged = was involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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2  —6 uses as in:
engage her services
The school district engaged the services of her architectural firm.
engaged = hired
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4
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indicate
3 uses
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
indicated = pointed out (shown)
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Book3 uses
Library40 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12
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perceive
41 uses
1  —41 uses as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = see (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)
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Book41 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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precede
9 uses
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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reflect
34 uses
1  —28 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
Book28 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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unquizzed meaning  —6 uses
render
33 uses
1  —32 uses as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book32 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
unquizzed meaning  —1 use
sufficient
24 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough)
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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thus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 62 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Thus it was necessary.
Increase law enforcement reduced the supply of the drug and thus increased the cost, but the improvement was partially offset when the increased cost encouraged more supply.
thus = therefore (for that reason)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thus means:
therefore (for that reason; or what follows is so because of what was just said)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —60 uses as in:
betrayed her thus
She read my diary and mocked my most private thoughts in public. My worst fears realized thus, I avoided friends between classes.
thus = in that way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thus means:
in the way mentioned or shown
Word Statistics
Book60 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
utter
33 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
utter stupidity
She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
utter = complete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useIntr.
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unquizzed meaning  —16 uses
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