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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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Book3 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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apparent
1 use
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book1 use
Library55 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 24
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approximate
1 use
The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
approximately = about (but not exactly)
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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asthma
1 use
Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization in children.
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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Charles Dickens
2 uses
At the age of 12 when his father was in prison for unpaid debts, Charles Dickens worked in a factory where he affixed labels to bottles of boot polish.
Charles Dickens = English writer who depicted and criticized social injustice in such stories as Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol
DefinitionGenerally Charles Dickens means:
arguably one of the English language's best writers and the foremost writer of the Victorian Era whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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distinct
2 uses
Martinez and his colleagues identified 21 distinct emotions made by the human face.
distinct = different
DefinitionGenerally distinct means:
clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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Book2 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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genuine
2 uses
I am genuinely sorry for what I did.
genuinely = sincerely
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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Book2 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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Holland
1 use
For a long time, windmills were used in Holland to drain water that would otherwise have flooded regions beneath sea level.
Holland = Informal reference to The Netherlands (confusion arises because important provinces in The Netherlands are North Holland and South Holland)
DefinitionGenerally Holland means:
Informal reference to The Netherlands (confusion arises because important provinces in The Netherlands are North Holland and South Holland).
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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infinite
1 use
There are infinite possibilities.
infinite = unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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Monsieur
1 use
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to Mr. in English

or:

French equivalent to sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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opera
1 use
She is a popular opera singer.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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positive
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book3 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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prejudice
1 use
The group works to eliminate racial prejudice.
prejudice = unreasonable and unfair belief or feeling
DefinitionGenerally prejudice means:
to have unreasonable belief — especially when unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group

or more generally:

to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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recite
2 uses
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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stationery
2 uses
It was a form-letter, but written on the President's stationery with a White House return address.
stationery = paper and envelopes for writing letters
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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tinge
1 use
I could hear a tinge of regret in his voice.
tinge = a slight amount; or to contain a slight amount
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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unanimous
1 use
It was a unanimous decision.
unanimous = with everyone in complete agreement
DefinitionGenerally unanimous means:
with everyone in agreement
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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