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acquaint
33 uses
You should acquaint yourself with the new computer program.
acquaint = cause to know better
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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amiable
36 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book36 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses 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)
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Book2 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1-2
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = method (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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censure
6 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 34 uses
1  —18 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)
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Book18 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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2  —16 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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forbearance
8 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.17-18
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use 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
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 111 uses
1  —55 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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Book55 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
Web Links
2  —34 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
Book34 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
Web Links
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 1.1-2
Web Links
recollect
40 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
Book40 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.1-2
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remonstrate
4 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15-16
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 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
Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.17-18
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2  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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sanguine
8 uses
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1-2
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