toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Animal Farm
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

(click/touch triangles for details)
accord
9 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
?  —4 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
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
Web Links
3  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = In opposition to what was just said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of on the contrary means:
in opposition to what was just said
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
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
Web Links
direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use 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
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
2  —1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
She directed the move.
directed = supervised (was in charge) — including specialized senses such as to have been in charge of the production of or performance of a movie, play, or orchestra
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
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 — such as:
  • 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
Web Links
maxim
6 uses
The advisor often quotes the maxim that all politics is local.
maxim = a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
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.)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
ration
15 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount available to people
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

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
Web Links
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
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
resolution = determination
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
trace   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
found a trace of
There was not a trace of the defendant's DNA at the crime scene.
trace = a tiny quantity or indication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity or indication

The exact meaning of this sense of trace is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace." — any small indication that something was present
  • "She speaks English with just a trace of a southern accent." — a very small amount (especially an amount too small to be accurately measured)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
2  —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. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • 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 500
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
She used her finger to trace a route on the map.
trace = draw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • copying the outline of an image

    • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
    • She projected the image onto the wall, then hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil

  • draw an outline or a specific pattern

    • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
    • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw

Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
utter   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
utter a complaint
I was too shocked to utter a complaint.
utter = say something aloud
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
2  —7 uses as in:
utter a sound
She wanted to warn him, but fear kept her from uttering a sound.
uttering = making a sound with the voice
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
make a sound with the voice
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/choices)
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.