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acquit
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she was acquitted
It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
acquit = officially find "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23, p.294.2
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assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 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
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Book8 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18, p.243.3
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2  —1 use as in:
She assumed a false identity
She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
assumed = took on (or adopted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24, p.310.5
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circumstantial evidence
3 uses
She argued that the accusations against her client were based on the worst kind of circumstantial evidence.
circumstantial evidence = evidence that can suggest something, but does not prove it
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20, p.272.8
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compose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27, p.338.6
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2  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15, p.198.2
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congregation
9 uses
It's a casual congregation where many people wander into services late.
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
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Book9 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.159.8
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contradict
5 uses
Does the sentence contradict the main claim of the essay?
contradict = disagree with
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.49.8
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.51.5
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15, p.203.8
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critical
2 uses
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16, p.217.9
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
cross-examination
6 uses
Prosecutors expect to wrap up their cross-examination tomorrow.
cross-examination = the re-questioning of a witness who has already been questioned by the other side in court
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.68.8
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defendant
15 uses
The defendant is confident she will be found innocent.
defendant = a person (or institution) legally accused or sued in court
DefinitionGenerally defendant means:
a person or institution legally accused or sued in court
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.193.1
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engage
6 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
engage in conversation
She engaged in conduct that is a violation of the honor code.
engaged = was involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24, p.312.8
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unquizzed meaning  —4 uses
Hitler
16 uses
Hitler killed disabled children as his first action of  "racial hygiene." He pretended to end the program when the public protested.
Hitler = German Nazi dictator during World War II who murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
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Book16 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26, p.327.8
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indicate
5 uses
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
indicated = pointed out (shown)
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Book5 uses
Library43 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 9, p.106.5
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persecution
7 uses
Everyone knows about the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
persecution = very bad and unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26, p.327.9
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tenet
1 use
Freedom of speech is a particularly American tenet.
tenet = principle belief
DefinitionGenerally tenet means:
an important belief that is part of a larger framework of beliefs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.237.1
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testify
8 uses
She testified against the robber.
testified = provided oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.220.8
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testimony
8 uses
Her emotional testimony moved the jury.
testimony = the statement of a witness at a trial
DefinitionGenerally testimony means:
something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.232.9
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