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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 with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book52 uses
Library46 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 = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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amiable
26 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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candid
16 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 52-54
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complacent
10 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13-15
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condescending
25 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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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
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4-6
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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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deport   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 43 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deport from the U.S.
The government deported her.
deported = forced (someone) to leave the country
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
force someone to leave a country
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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2  —42 uses as in:
deport herself with dignity
She launched into a lecture on deportment and dress at school.
deportment = behave in a certain manner
Word Statistics
Book42 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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disdain
12 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
Book12 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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entreat
35 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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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
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 46-48
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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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10-12
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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 someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library5 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
remonstrate
21 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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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
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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