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advocate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5, p.52.1
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assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I assume it's true
I assume she was at school today, but I don't remember actually seeing her.
assume = accept as true (without really knowing for sure)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.35.5
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2  —1 use as in:
She assumed power
The dictator assumed control of the country at midnight this morning.
assumed = took (power)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
beginning to take power or responsibility
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.27.9
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compose
4 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 5, p.57
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.
contrary = different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.75.2
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2  —3 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.17.2
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3  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.55.4
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critical
5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a critical problem
It is of critical importance.
critical = highly important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of critical means:
important, serious, or dangerous
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6, p.60.8
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.130.7
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2  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.115.7
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determine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
determine the truth
They are working to determine the cause of the accident.
determine = learn or discover
DefinitionGenerally this sense of determine means:
to learn, discover, or officially decide
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.118.1
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2  —2 uses as in:
is determined to succeed
I'm determined to become a lawyer.
determined = firmly planning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of determined means:
firm in purpose
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.51.2
expulsion
10 uses
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out (in this case, kicking someone out of school)
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out
especially in 2 primary senses:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.54.5
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ignominious
2 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.42.8
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nevertheless
7 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.5.6
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
She loses perspective and continually wants to change the plan in a manner that depends on the most recent complaint.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6, p.67.4
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ration
15 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount each person would have
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.8.8
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a United Nations resolution
The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the country's use of chemical weapons.
resolution = a formal statement of opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a formal statement of decision or opinion voted on by a group
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3, p.31.3
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
resolution = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1, p.10
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trace
7 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
Early cat domestication is traced back to China over 5,000 years ago.
traced = found through investigation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of
This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something:
  • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
  • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
  • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
  • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation
to research or report on the development of something
  • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
  • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on
to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something
  • "She traces the progress of at-risk students." — monitors information
  • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6, p.64.6
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unquizzed meaning  —5 uses
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