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apprehend   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use 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)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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2  —1 use 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
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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3  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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attribute
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
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Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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2  —5 uses as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey her to London.
convey = transport
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 46 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book25 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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3  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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4  —12 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle something so it no longer requires attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —3 uses as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 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
Book4 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43
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2  —2 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)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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illustrate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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remonstrate
12 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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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —8 uses 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
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
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2  —3 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
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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