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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 82 uses
1  —73 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
Word Statistics
Book73 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11-12
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2  —8 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37-38
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
They expect to be accorded the same respect as any other nuclear armed nation.
accorded = given special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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alacrity
3 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.23-24
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chivalry
138 uses
Ideas of chivalry were popularized in medieval literature.
chivalry = the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
DefinitionGenerally chivalry means:
the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak

or:

courtesy — especially of men towards women
Word Statistics
Book138 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17-18
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.3-4
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digress
3 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.27-28
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engender
4 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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entreat
101 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book101 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —11 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
Book11 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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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)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.31-32
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.61-62
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prudent
28 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.21-22
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 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
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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2  —2 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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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sagacious
7 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Can you offer some sage advice?
sage = wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3-4
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transitory
2 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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