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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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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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
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audible
8 uses
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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bastion
3 uses
These rules are a bastion against corruption.
bastion = defense or 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)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 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
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1st useChapter 1
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convey
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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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)
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
dominate
1 use
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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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
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
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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
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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incantation
3 uses
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = creating a magical effect by saying words 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
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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
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Book11 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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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)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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nevertheless
2 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
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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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
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
Her New Year's resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
resolution = a firm decision to do something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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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
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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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 = continued 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
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