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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
read the abstract
The abstract is free, but there is a fee to see the entire article.
abstract = summary
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
a summary; or to summarize — especially academic writing
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePro.
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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 18 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
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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Book15 uses
Library47 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useFrwd.
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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 = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
They expect to be accorded the same respect as any other nuclear armed nation.
accorded = given special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey her to London.
convey = transport
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = clever and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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despair   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePro.
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2  —6 uses as in:
do not despair
Don't despair. Next year will be better.
despair = lose hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.6
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dismay
15 uses
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = sad, disappointed, or worried
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.1
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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2  —9 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePro.
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.4
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
She is gone, but her teachings endure through the ages.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePro.
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frugal
2 uses
A good salary and frugal spending habits led to a large bank account.
frugal = money-saving
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste — typically being careful not to spend much money
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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grave
10 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
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
Book10 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.1
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heed
20 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book20 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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mortal
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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supple
2 uses
Yoga keeps my body supple.
supple = moving and bending easily
DefinitionGenerally supple means:
moving and bending easily — sometimes used figuratively to indicate mental flexibility when adapting to different conditions
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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wither
13 uses
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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