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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
The nurse accompanies the old woman everywhere.
accompanies = travels with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2, p.102.4
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censor
2 uses
The Chinese devote enormous resources to censoring the Internet.
censoring = suppressing everything considered politically unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of censor means:
to remove or suppress anything considered obscene, immoral, or politically unacceptable

or:

a person who does such suppression
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1, p.55.4
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cite
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cited from the President's speech
She cited census statistics to prove her point.
cited = quoted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cite means:
to mention something or quote someone (to make a point)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2, p.103.4
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compose
1 use
1  —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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 1, p.56.5
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critical
4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
critical acclaim
The film is receiving critical acclaim.
critical = "Critical acclaim" is a common expression meaning praise from people whose job is to share expert judgement.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of critical means:
relating to thoughtful judgement of what is good and bad about something — possibly from people whose job is to share their expert opinions in a given industry
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 1, p.55.2
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
desolate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
desolated the region
Fires desolated the region.
desolated = destroyed and emptied it of living things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of desolate means:
destroyed; or emptied of people; or emptied of most plants and animals
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 3, p.152
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dismay
2 uses
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = sad, disappointed, or worried
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 1, p.47.2
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displace
3 uses
It is a much better way to manufacture the product, but many workers will be displaced by the new technology.
displaced = forced to move (in this case, out of their old jobs)
DefinitionGenerally displace means:
force to move; or to take the place of
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2, p.106.2
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environment
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
her family environment
Cactus survives in the harsh desert environment.
environment = surrounding conditions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of environment means:
surrounding conditions
in various senses, including:
  • conditions in a location or geographic area — as in "the desert environment"
  • conditions that affect a particular activity — as in "the learning environment"
  • conditions that create a certain mood — as in "a competitive environment," or "a romantic environment,"
  • conditions that impact a particular computer system, subsystem, or program — as in "the Windows environment"
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 1, p.57.7
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evaluate
1 use
I'm evaluating colleges and deciding which I want to apply to.
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2, p.87.3
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fugitive
3 uses
She is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
fugitives = people running away or hiding to avoid arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who is running away or hiding to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3, p.117.9
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function
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
can't function well without sleep
I don't function well on less than six hours of sleep a night; and I do best on nine.
function = work or operate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
work or operate — sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 1, p.24.1
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melancholy
5 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1, p.13.8
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mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2, p.82.5
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oblivion
2 uses
She stopped performing and her music faded into oblivion.
oblivion = the state of being completely forgotten
DefinitionGenerally oblivion means:
the state of being completely forgotten

or:

the state of being completely destroyed — typically so as to no longer exist

or:

a state of having lost all sense of what is going on — as during sleep or use of some drugs
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3, p.128.5
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perish
2 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 2, p.79.9
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recite
2 uses
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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Book2 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3, p.146.9
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simultaneous
2 uses
On Super Tuesday a large number of states have simultaneous primary elections.
simultaneous = at the same time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2, p.90.2
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 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
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 3, p.112.9
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2  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
She didn't have a camera or a copier, so she used a pencil to trace an outline of the picture on thin paper.
trace = draw (by following the image)
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. For example:
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, 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
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1, p.53.7
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