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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 45 uses
1  —40 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
Book40 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —5 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
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40-42
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allude
40 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7-9
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apprehend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 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
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
apprehend misfortune
It can be worse to apprehend than to suffer.
apprehend = fear, or anticipate with worry

(editor's note:  This is commonly seen in the forms apprehensive or apprehension, but it is also seen in this form in classic literature.)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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approach
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
endeavor
50 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
Book50 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4-6
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engender
6 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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impetuous
6 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
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 76 uses
1  —42 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
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Book42 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
2  —12 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
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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3  —22 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 52-54
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 38 uses
1  —26 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
Book26 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 46-48
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2  —10 uses 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)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = settled or solved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25-27
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sagacious
8 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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venerate
9 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13-15
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2  —12 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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