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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
We'll need to increase public transportation to address the congestion that accompanies higher population density.
accompanies = occurs at the same time (as a result of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1, p.12.7
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apex
1 use
It was written during the apex of Roman power, wealth, and stability.
apex = the highest point
DefinitionGenerally apex means:
the highest point of something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5, p.77.8
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bastion
3 uses
The universities were the last bastion of freedom, but they were purged of anyone who questioned official propaganda shortly after the coup.
bastion = defensive fortification
DefinitionGenerally bastion means:
defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.29.3
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.30.9
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deride
4 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.149.6
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differentiate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
differentiate between right/wrong
The jury determined that she was able to differentiate between right and wrong.
differentiate = recognize difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of differentiate means:
to recognize difference
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2, p.41.7
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effigy
1 use
During the Spanish Inquisition, if the condemned died before their trial was finished, they were burned in effigy.
burned in effigy = burned a crude straw man or dummy made to represent a person
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effigy means:
a model or other representation — typically of a person — often of someone hated, so that it can be mocked an abused
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.87.1
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foliage
6 uses
It's difficult to spot the birds in the foliage.
foliage = plant leaves
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.9.7
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inarticulate
2 uses
She becomes inarticulate when she's nervous.
inarticulate = unable to express herself clearly
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)

or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed

The exact meaning of inarticulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
  • a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.89.4
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interpose
1 use
She interposed herself between them before someone threw a punch.
interposed = inserted
DefinitionGenerally interpose means:
to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.16.1
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lament
2 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief about
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5, p.87.1
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parody
3 uses
Did you see Saturday Night Live's parody of people in a fitness class?
parody = imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way
DefinitionGenerally parody means:
imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way

or:

a very poor imitation of somebody's style
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.72.2
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pinnacle
3 uses
She wrote the book at the pinnacle of her popularity.
pinnacle = highest point
DefinitionGenerally pinnacle means:
the highest point
in various senses, including:
  • the best stage of development — as in "I met her at the pinnacle of her success."
  • a high pointed rock formation or mountain peak — as in "The eagle circled the rocky pinnacle."
  • a pointed tower at the top of a building — as in "With the pinnacle, it is the highest building in the city."
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 11, p.174.4
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.117.1
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2  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
sheered = turned sharply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5, p.88.9
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subside
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
her anger subsided
I couldn't think clearly until the pain subsided.
subsided = became less severe
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.41.3
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sustain   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5, p.87.3
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
sustained = maintained through time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5, p.87.1
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utter   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
utter stupidity
She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
utter = complete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3, p.56.9
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2  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.195.8
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