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1984 by Orwell

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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = method (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.9 (17), p.193.6
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2  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1 (9), p.112.9
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unquizzed meaning  —10 uses
compose   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
compose a poem
The assignment is to compose a poem.
compose = write
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3 (11), p.130.2
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2  —1 use as in:
composed of many parts
The Unites States is composed of 50 states.
composed = made up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to create something by arranging parts; or to be those parts
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.8 (16), p.170.9
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3  —1 use as in:
keep your composure
After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
composure = calm state of mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to calm someone or settle something
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.4 (22), p.280.4
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 10 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a contrary idea
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.
contrary = different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.9 (17), p.212.8
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2  —7 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1, p.14.6
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7, p.73.7
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demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
The salesperson demonstrated features of both phones so I could compare them.
demonstrated = showed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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Book3 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.1 (19), p.235.5
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2  —8 uses as in:
demonstrate to protest
The students demonstrated against hate speech.
demonstrated = joined with others in a public protest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.2, p.22.4
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differentiate
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
differentiate our product
How does your company differentiate itself from the competition?
differentiate = make different; or show difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of differentiate means:
to make different; or to show difference
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.6 (14), p.157.4
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 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
Book5 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.9 (17), p.203.4
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2  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.4 (22), p.275.9
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heresy
20 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
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Book20 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4, p.45.7
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imply
2 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.4, p.40.8
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infer
2 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
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.9 (17), p.208.1
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obsolete
4 uses
My mother still has a twenty-year-old obsolete computer in storage.
obsolete = no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.5, p.51.1
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orthodox
21 uses
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = normal
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1, p.10.5
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rectify
8 uses
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4, p.44
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relevant
4 uses
Shannon tells an interesting story, but it's not relevant to the decision we have to make.
relevant = important (related in a meaningful way)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.7 (15), p.165.6
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