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acclaim
1 use
It's a critically acclaimed movie.
acclaimed = popularly and enthusiastically praised
DefinitionGenerally acclaim means:
to praise enthusiastically and publicly — sometimes choosing without opposition or a formal vote
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.22.6
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asthma
10 uses
Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization in children.
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.9.4
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audible
8 uses
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.149.4
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clamor
10 uses
She ignored the clamor of the crowd.
clamor = loud noise and/or persistent demands
DefinitionGenerally clamor means:
loud noise and/or persistent demands — especially from human voice
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.56.6
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context
1 use
She said she was quoted out of context and that anyone who read her full speech would know it.
context = in a misleading manner (because the quote left out additional words that changed the meaning of what was quoted)
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.16.1
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contradict
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.31.9
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convey
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.149.9
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critical
4 uses
1  —4 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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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.11.1
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direct
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.25.3
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book1 use
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.114.2
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2  —2 uses
technical usage
The satellite dish focuses the signal into a relatively narrow beam.
focuses = concentrates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point where things come together such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.73.5
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gesticulate
5 uses
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.88.8
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grave
8 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book8 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.43.2
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implication
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
the implication is that...
I object to her implication that my work was sub-standard.
implication = something implied (said indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implication means:
Something that follows from something else.
The thing that follows could be:
  • something suggested indirectly (not said directly)
  • something that can be concluded (often a logical consequence)
  • something that results from something else
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4, p.70.6
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incantation
3 uses
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.94.9
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indignant
11 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.42.3
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irrelevant
2 uses
The sentence should be deleted because it introduces information that is irrelevant to the passage.
irrelevant = not relevant
DefinitionGenerally irrelevant means:
not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.16.1
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tacit
3 uses
There was a tacit understanding that Jessica would play good cop and Tyler would play bad cop.
tacit = implied (not directly said, but understood)
DefinitionGenerally tacit means:
implied or understood, but not expressed directly
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.65.2
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 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 any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3, p.55.4
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2  —1 use 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
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.22.7
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