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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 55 uses
1  —52 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 or accordingly 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
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book52 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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2  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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acquit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
she was acquitted
It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
acquit = officially find "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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2  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Although they did not win, the team acquitted itself well and we were proud to have them represent us.
acquitted = handled (itself in a specified way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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apprehend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 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
1st useChapter 7-9
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the criminal
Police are determined to apprehend the murderer.
apprehend = catch and arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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candid
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 52-54
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 60 uses
1  —54 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
Book54 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4-6
Web Links
2  —6 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
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 7-9
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dispose
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19-21
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entreat
35 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
Web Links
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 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
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 46-48
Web Links
2  —4 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
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10-12
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nominal
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
he's nominally in charge
It was nominally written by the artist, but everyone suspects a ghostwriter did the bulk of the work.
nominally = in name only
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
Web Links
oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 66 uses
1  —27 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
Book27 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
2  —10 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
Web Links
3  —29 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
Book29 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
Web Links
venerate
4 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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