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contrast   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 21 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 10-12
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2  —19 uses 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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Book19 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4-6
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3  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 88-90
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43-45
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey the princess to London.
convey = transport
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 85-87
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correspond
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
correspond = are equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 103-105
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credulous
5 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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desist
6 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 55 uses
1  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —27 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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Book27 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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3  —17 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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Book17 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useExtr
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4  —6 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
Book6 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 49-51
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 106-108
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6  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
She directed the move.
directed = supervised (was in charge) — including specialized senses such as to have been in charge of the production of or performance of a movie, play, or orchestra
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 118-120
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —5 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)
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43-45
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illustrate
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 43-45
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sagacious
9 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 76-78
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book15 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31-33
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2  —9 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 133-135
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