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accommodate   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the room can accommodate four
The lab can accommodate up to 30 students at one time.
accommodate = provide for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
provide (or have the ability to provide) for something desired or needed
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 33
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2  —1 use as in:
moved to accommodate her
She accommodates different learning styles.
accommodates = adjusts for (different needs)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
3  —1 use as in:
hotel accommodations
Overnight accommodations are available.
accommodations = lodgings
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodations means:
space or lodgings — such as a hotel room or office space
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 58
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 20 uses
1  —19 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 or accordingly 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
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book19 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 44
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2  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 37 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book14 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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2  —6 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book6 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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3  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 30
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4  —10 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book10 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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6  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
She directed the move.
directed = supervised the making of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —13 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
Book13 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —4 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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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 40
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oblige
27 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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unquizzed meaning  —15 uses
penitent
11 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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remonstrate
11 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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resolve
25 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book25 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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retort
32 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded foolish, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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