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accompany
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
The nurse accompanies the old woman everywhere.
accompanies = travels with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 7
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accustomed
7 uses
In the United States we're accustomed to forming our own opinion about the promises of advertisements and politicians.
accustomed = used to (have adapted to and have an expectation of)
DefinitionGenerally accustomed means:
to be or to become psychologically or physically used to something

(used to is an expression that means someone has adapted to and has an expectation of something so it does not seem unusual)
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Book7 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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adapt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
Ideas contained in passages for this test, some of which are excerpted or adapted from published material, do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board.
adapted = changed (to fit this situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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compose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
composed of many parts
The United States is composed of 50 states.
composed = made up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to create something by arranging parts; or to be those parts
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses as in:
keep your composure
After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
composure = calm state of mind

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to calm someone or settle something
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 9
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contradict
1 use
Does the sentence contradict the main claim of the essay?
contradict = disagree with
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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demented
2 uses
Some demented killer has declared open season on people in nice cars.
demented = insane (crazy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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despair
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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grievous
3 uses
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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instantaneous
4 uses
Relief was instantaneous.
instantaneous = immediate
DefinitionGenerally instantaneous means:
immediate (happening instantly with no delay)
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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nevertheless
4 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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notwithstanding
1 use
Notwithstanding other provisions of this contract, employee may be fired immediately if there is any material misrepresentation on employee's resume or job application.
notwithstanding = in spite of (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(In this case, even if other parts of the contract protect the employee from being fired without notice, the employee can be fired immediately for these reasons. The other parts of the contract do not withstand this part.)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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peasant
10 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = an historical term describing people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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persist
6 uses
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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queue
4 uses
People have already begun to form a queue outside the theatre.
queue = line
DefinitionGenerally queue means:
a line of people waiting for something; or anything (such as computer tasks) that are lined up to be handled in order
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ration
12 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount each person would have
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book12 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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retort
6 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded foolish, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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solidarity
1 use
The incident threatens Arab solidarity.
solidarity = agreement and mutual support
DefinitionGenerally solidarity means:
a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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