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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use 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
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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acquaint
29 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
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Book29 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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contrary   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 14 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a contrary idea
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.
contrary = different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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2  —4 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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3  —3 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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4  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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diffident
3 uses
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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diligent
6 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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discourse
15 uses
The event has elevated the level of public discourse on this issue.
discourse = conversation (or the exchange of ideas) on a particular topic
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic

or much more rarely: to speak or write formally on a particular topic; or to have a conversation
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Book15 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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dispute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 32 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
their border dispute
The area has long been a source of dispute between India and Pakistan.
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —13 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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endeavor
30 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
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Book30 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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forbearance
3 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
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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frugal
11 uses
A good salary and frugal spending habits led to a large bank account.
frugal = money-saving
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste — typically being careful not to spend much money
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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ingenious
18 uses
It is an ingenious solution to the problem. It is as reliable as it is easy.
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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inhabitant
23 uses
What will traffic be like if the city has twice as many inhabitants?
inhabitants = people (who live in a particular place)
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Book23 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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prudent
10 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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resignation
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
resolve
10 uses
1  —10 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
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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