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affectation
3 uses
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —17 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
Book17 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —9 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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countenance
3 uses
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 4
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
digress
2 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
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 48 uses
1  —1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —22 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
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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3  —7 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
Book7 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
4  —17 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
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
5  —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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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disposition   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or inclination
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
strategic troop disposition
They met to discuss the best disposition of border control agents along the southern border.
disposition = positioning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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inhabitant
34 uses
What will traffic be like if the city has twice as many inhabitants?
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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malicious
22 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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metropolis
22 uses
I want to live and work in the middle of a vibrant metropolis.
metropolis = large, important city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
a large city — especially one that is considered important
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —15 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
Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useIntr.
Web Links
sagacious
4 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
servile
3 uses
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
venerate
6 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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