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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 90 uses
1  —80 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
carefully prepared in accord with the modern science of...
accord = in keeping (or in agreement)
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
Library51 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —10 uses as in:
done of her own accord
the horses began to tug at the reins of their own accord and increased their pace.
own accord = own mind (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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animate
95 uses
1  —95 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
At the men's end of the table the talk grew more and more animated.
animated = lively
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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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
"He is not to be apprehended by reason, but by life," said the Mason.†
apprehended = understood
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
9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
But as a youth in love trembles, is unnerved, and dares not utter the thoughts he has dreamed of for nights, but looks around for help or a chance of delay and flight when the longed-for moment comes and he is alone with her, so Rostov, now that he had attained what he had longed for more than anything else in the world, did not know how to approach the Emperor, and a thousand reasons occurred to him why it would be inconvenient, unseemly, and impossible to do so.†
approach = begin 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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unquizzed meaning  —8 uses
complacent
11 uses
Several of our men fell, among them the round-faced officer who had marched so gaily and complacently.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern (often to a fault)
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
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disdain
13 uses
The unknown general looked disdainfully down at Kozlovski, who was rather short, as if surprised that anyone should not know him.
disdainfully = with a 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
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forage
12 uses
Denisov, who had been losing at cards all night, had not yet come home when Rostov rode back early in the morning from a foraging expedition.
foraging = searching for and gathering — often food and provisions
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
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however
86 uses
1  —23 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However much we approximate the time of judgment to the time of the deed, we never get a conception of freedom in time.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book23 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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unquizzed meaning  —63 uses
impetuous
11 uses
You were not right, not quite in the right, you were impetuous.
impetuous = impulsive (acting without adequate 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
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Napoleon turned to him with a pleasant, though slightly ironic, smile. "They tell me this is the room the Emperor Alexander occupied? Strange, isn't it, General?"
ironic = as though amused that what happened is very different than what might have been expected
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
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
  "We had our hands full last night. However, I think the
regiment is not a bad one, eh?"
  The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
irony = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
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
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly.
obscured = made harder to hear and understand
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
Met by this difficulty historians of that class devise some most obscure, impalpable, and general abstraction which can cover all conceivable occurrences, and declare this abstraction to be the aim of humanity's movement.
obscure = hard to understand
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
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3  —4 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
...would lift him from the ranks of obscure officers and offer him the first step to fame!
obscure = undistinguished
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
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pedantic
3 uses
He was continually traveling through the three provinces entrusted to him, was pedantic in the fulfillment of his duties, severe to cruelty with his subordinates, and went into everything down to the minutest details himself.
pedantic = excessive concern with formal rules and details
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
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rectify
3 uses
Having given orders in the commander in chief's name to rectify this omission, Prince Andrew galloped back.
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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repudiate
2 uses
He could not disavow his actions, ... so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
repudiate = strongly reject
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
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resolute
53 uses
She entered the room with resolute steps.
resolute = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book53 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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venerate
3 uses
what feeling except veneration could such a man as my father evoke?
veneration = respect and reverence

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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