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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 45 uses
1  —31 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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2  —14 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book14 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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contrast   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 53
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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 3
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3  —2 uses as in:
it is a contrast
College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably different compared to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 42 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book21 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book2 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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3  —5 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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Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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4  —12 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27
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5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 58
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 33
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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disposition
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood or typical way of behaving
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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endeavor
43 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book43 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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recollect
44 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book44 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 40 uses
1  —33 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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2  —5 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 39
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = settled or solved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 52
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