toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Atlas Shrugged

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

instructions
abridge
1 use
The first commercially available audiobook was a 1981 abridged version of the Doctor Who story, State of Decay.
abridged = shortened
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.10
Web Links
approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 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)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
Web Links
ascetic
2 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
Web Links
contempt
19 uses
1  —19 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
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
depravity
41 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
Word Statistics
Book41 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
Web Links
despair   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 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)
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
do not despair
Don't despair. Next year will be better.
despair = lose hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.2
Web Links
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —8 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
Book8 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.10
Web Links
2  —4 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)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.5
Web Links
evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
She evaded his question by asking one of her own.
evaded = avoided answering
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
Web Links
futile
48 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
Web Links
immutable
1 use
It is an immutable law of physics.
immutable = unchangeable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
Web Links
indolent
2 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
Web Links
mystic
101 uses
She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
mystic = someone who attempts to tune into realities beyond scientific understanding
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
Word Statistics
Book101 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
Web Links
objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.9
Web Links
rational
18 uses
It's hard to think rationally when I'm this upset.
rationally = in a reasonable manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rational means:
reasonable
in various senses, including:
  • "It's not rational to treat 2+2 as 5." — logical as contrasted to illogical
  • "I know you're upset, but please think about this in a rational manner." — based on reason as contrasted to emotion
  • "When I was 10-years-old, I wasn't very smart, but I was still rational." — capable of using reason as contrasted to being insane or lacking the ability to reason
  • "In matters of the heart, I trust my intuition more than my rational analysis." — based on a logical analysis as contrasted to intuition, instinct, custom, tarot-card reading, or some other system of decision making
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
Web Links
remnant
81 uses
They are working to eliminate remnants of al-Qaeda in that area.
remnants = small amounts that remains after the rest is gone
DefinitionGenerally remnant means:
a small amount that remains after the rest is gone — sometimes specifically of cloth
Word Statistics
Book81 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
Web Links
reproach
47 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book47 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.2
Web Links
repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.10
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.