toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

The Magician's Nephew

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

instructions
abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I never could abide such goings on, sir,
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
according to, or in accord with
Things always work according to their nature.
according to = in keeping with (or in 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 or accordingly 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
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
...the gates closed behind him of their own accord.
own accord = own mind (without anyone making them)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
Web Links
aghast
1 use
Polly and Digory looked at each other, aghast. ... Certainly, she was not at all the sort of person one would like to take home.
aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay
DefinitionGenerally aghast means:
shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay (sadness, disappointment, or worry)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
coronation
3 uses
Let us now proceed to the coronation of King Frank of Narnia and Helen his Queen.
coronation = ceremony to install
DefinitionGenerally coronation means:
a ceremony of installing a new monarch (new king or queen)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
cunning
1 use
All the sharpness and cunning and quarrelsomeness ... seemed to have been washed away,
cunning = cleverness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
deplore
5 uses
as evil as the Deplorable Word
deplorable = strongly disapproved of

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
DefinitionGenerally deplore means:
strongly dislike or regret
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
desolate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a desolate place
Have you forgiven the Boy for the violence he did you in the Hall of Images in the desolate palace of accursed Charn?
desolate = empty (of life)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of desolate means:
empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
despair
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
she felt despair
And he began to see that there might be some sense in that last line about getting your heart's desire and getting despair along with it.
despair = 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
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
focus
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
bring into focus; or out of focus
Then they could see Uncle Andrew, very vague and shadowy, but getting clearer and more solid-looking all the time, just as if he were coming into focus.†
focus = view (a state where something can be seen clearly)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
a state where something has come into view or can be seen clearly

(Typically this is said of the appearance of an image or picture, but it can also be said of something that get's attention, or of an understanding that become clear.)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
grave
1 use
As he said this he sighed and looked so grave and noble and mysterious that for a second Digory really thought he was saying something rather fine.
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
incantation
1 use
Prepare your incantations and take me there at once.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
indignant
2 uses
"London isn't a Hole," said Polly indignantly.
indignantly = angered at the injustice of his statement
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
mane
6 uses
...she turned pale and bent down till her face touched the mane of the horse. You could see she felt deadly sick.
mane = hair on the neck
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair such as that which grows around a lion's head or on the back of a horse's neck
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
ostentatious
1 use
You have insisted on my entertaining you to an exceedingly expensive, not to say ostentatious, lunch...
ostentatious = showy
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
scorn
1 use
"I see," she said scornfully, "you are a Magician - of a sort."
scornfully = disrespectfully (with a strong feeling of dislike)
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sheer fun
And it was sheer bad luck that he sat down on the pile of thistles.
sheer = pure or complete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
treachery
2 uses
If you attempt treachery I will...
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
wither
2 uses
It looks dreadfully withered,
withered = shriveled and weak
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
At any moment I was ready to make peace — yes and to spare her life too, if only she would yield me the throne.†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
† 
Sample usage followed by this mark was not checked by an editor. Please let us know if you spot a problem.
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.