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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —17 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
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Book17 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-07
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-07
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annex
76 uses
1  —76 uses as in:
annex of the main building
The YMCA added an annex where younger children can play.
annex = an addition that extends a main building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of annex means:
an addition that extends a main building

or:

to attach something — especially to something larger or more important
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Book76 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-07
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black market
7 uses
India's black market in kidneys arose in response to a combination of the shortage of the organs and extreme poverty amongst people who can survive with one of their two kidneys.
black market = the coming together of people who buy and sell things illegally
DefinitionGenerally black market means:
an illegal market that trades in illegal goods, stolen goods, or goods sold illegally to avoid tax payments, licensing requirements, or rationing
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-11
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confide
17 uses
She confided in her parents.
confided = told with the understanding that what was told would be kept secret
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
tell with the understanding that what is told will be kept secret
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Book17 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 42-07
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 14 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-04
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2  —12 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = In opposition to what was just said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of on the contrary means:
in opposition to what was just said
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-02
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use 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
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-03
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2  —4 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
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-09
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3  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 42-09
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4  —1 use 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 cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 44-07
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5  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
She directed the move.
directed = supervised (was in charge) — including specialized senses such as to have been in charge of the production of or performance of a movie, play, or orchestra
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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Dutch
51 uses
The Dutch are famous for their tulips.
Dutch = the people of the Netherlands (including Holland)
DefinitionGenerally Dutch means:
the people of the Netherlands (including Holland); or relating to them (including the name of their language)
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Book51 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-03
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genealogy
5 uses
The world wide web is making genealogy easier than ever.
genealogy = the study of family ancestry
DefinitionGenerally genealogy means:
family ancestry or its study
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44-01
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Holland
31 uses
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).
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Book31 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 42-09
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2  —2 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-11
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passage
6 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 44-02
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ration
16 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount available to people
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book16 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-05
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