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accompany
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
The nurse accompanies the old woman everywhere.
accompanies = travels with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2
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agitate
3 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
3 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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compose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep your composure
After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
composure = calm state of mind

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to calm someone or settle something
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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conscious   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
conscious after the operation
The operation can be done with local anesthetic, so the patient is still conscious.
conscious = awake
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conscious means:
awake (not asleep or in a state similar to sleep where one is unaware of anything)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —8 uses as in:
environmentally conscious
She prides herself on being socially conscious.
conscious = aware and concerned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conscious means:
aware or concerned about something
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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dismal
5 uses
The coach will probably be replaced after such a dismal year.
dismal = terrible
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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endeavor
7 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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engage
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
engage in conversation
She engaged in conduct that is a violation of the honor code.
engaged = was involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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indignant
2 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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melancholy
4 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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nevertheless
1 use
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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recollect
4 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use 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)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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specter
12 uses
It aroused specters from her past.
specters = a mental image of something frightening or disturbing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of specter means:
a mental image of something frightening or disturbing

or:

a ghostly appearing image
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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thus
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
betrayed her thus
She read my diary and mocked my most private thoughts in public. My worst fears realized thus, I avoided friends between classes.
thus = in that way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thus means:
in the way mentioned or shown
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
wretched
5 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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