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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 90 uses
1  —80 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
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
Book80 uses
Library47 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —10 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
animate
95 uses
1  —95 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
Word Statistics
Book95 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
She doesn't yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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complacent
11 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
disdain
13 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
forage
12 uses
forage for firewood
forage = searched for and gathered
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
however
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
impetuous
11 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —9 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
3  —4 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
pedantic
3 uses
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
rectify
3 uses
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
resolute
53 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book53 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
venerate
3 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
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