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accommodate   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
the room can accommodate four
The lab can accommodate up to 30 students at one time.
accommodate = provide for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
provide (or have the ability to provide) for something desired or needed
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
moved to accommodate her
She accommodates different learning styles.
accommodates = adjusts for (different needs)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 33-34
3  —1 use as in:
hotel accommodations
Overnight accommodations are available.
accommodations = lodgings
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodations means:
space or lodgings — such as a hotel room or office space
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 43-44
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 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)
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Book2 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = method (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 81-82
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 65 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —42 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book42 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45-46
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3  —6 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book6 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43-44
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book2 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23-24
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5  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 99-100
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6  —7 uses as in:
directed the movie
She directed the move.
directed = supervised the making of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-12
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 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 37-38
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2  —2 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)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 55-56
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focus   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 18 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book14 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 57-58
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2  —2 uses as in:
The focus of our study is...
Since we're running out of time, let's narrow our focus to just what needs to be done tomorrow.
focus = area where attention is concentrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 57-58
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3  —2 uses as in:
bring into focus; or out of focus
The bridge collapse brought aging infrastructure into focus as a political issue.
focus = into view (as an area of attention)
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 21-22
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immaterial
4 uses
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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keystone
171 uses
the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money
keystone = something of importance upon which other things depend
DefinitionGenerally keystone means:
something of importance upon which other things depend

or:

architecture or masonry:  the central building block at the top of an arch or vault (providing pressure to lock the other blocks into place)
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Book171 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47-48
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Knights Templar
70 uses
The Knights Templar were the first significant international bankers.
Knights Templar = an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade and who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem when it was under Christian control
DefinitionGenerally Knights Templar means:
an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem
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Book70 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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venerate
4 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-26
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