toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Main Street
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

(click/touch triangles for details)
advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
an advocate supporting
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
amiable
20 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
asserts = says (that something is true — especially something disputed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
complacent
5 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
condescending
11 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
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
cordial
11 uses
The countries share a long border and have cordial relations.
cordial = showing warm and heartfelt friendliness
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
credulous
4 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
cynical
17 uses
The experience made her overly cynical.
cynical = someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
decorum
6 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
Web Links
diligent
5 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
eccentric
6 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
frivolous
11 uses
Instead of helping, her remarks were frivolous.
frivolous = not serious
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
heresy
11 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 30
Web Links
pious
8 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
provincial
1 use
In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
provincial = unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly—often to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
Web Links
resolute
12 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
socialism
19 uses
She believes that more socialism would be more fair.
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership and control of all companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/choices)
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.