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accommodate   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
the room can accommodate four
Equally breathtaking was the corridor's width, which easily could have accommodated a pair of side-by-side passenger trains.
accommodated = provided 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
Like a lazy parent who found it easier to acquiesce to the whims of a spoiled child than to stand firm and teach values, the Church just kept softening at every turn, trying to reinvent itself to accommodate a culture gone astray.
accommodate = adjust for
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
Despite his plush accommodations, he had always dreamed of owning a riverside apartment on L'lle Saint-Louis, where he could rub shoulders with the true cognoscenti, rather than here, where he simply met the filthy rich.
accommodations = lodging space (place to stay)
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
Collet knew the opportunity for a stealth approach had long since passed.†
approach = getting near
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
The Hawker is on final approach.†
approach = route (way to get somewhere)
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
Sophie moved directly to the sarcophagus, but Langdon hung back a few feet, keeping an eye on the abbey around them.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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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
His eye was trained not just on the massive inverted pyramid, but on what lay directly beneath it.†
directly = straight (in a straight line)
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
Sophie's grandfather's final verse made direct reference to the Master Masons who adorned Rosslyn with their carved artistic offerings.†
direct = clear
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
How may I direct your call?†
direct = guide
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
Word Statistics
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...
With the soundproof divider raised, Teabing was able to phone Silas in the front seat, use the fake French accent of the Teacher, and direct Silas to go straight to Opus Dei.†
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
Fache had looked distressed ever since talking to the director of Cryptology on the phone.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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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
He would not dare abolish a personal prelature established by a previous Pope!†
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
Nonetheless, establishing Christ's divinity was critical to the further unification of the Roman empire and to the new Vatican power base.†
establishing = demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
Word Statistics
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.
His red eyes were focused dead ahead, tears streaming down his pale, blood-spattered face.†
focused = looking
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...
Although the pilot denied knowing what was in the box, he admitted it had been the focus of Langdon's full attention during the flight to London.†
focus = center
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
Slowly, the greenish shapes came 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.)
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-22
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immaterial
4 uses
Anyway, it's immaterial.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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keystone
171 uses
According to lore, the brotherhood had created a keystone—an engraved tablet that revealed the final resting place of the brotherhood's greatest secret...
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
Langdon had lectured often enough on the Knights Templar to know that almost everyone on earth had heard of them, at least abstractedly.
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
...master stonemasons, erecting Templar churches all over Europe, but Rosslyn was considered their most sublime labor of love and veneration.
veneration = respect

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
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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