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Flowers for Algernon -- Short Story

Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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acquaint
1 use
You should acquaint yourself with the new computer program.
acquaint = cause to know better
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 3, p.14.2
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analysis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
analysis of relevant data
According to my analysis, we should focus on improving customer service.
analysis = detailed examination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
the process or result of examining and thinking about something to better understand it
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useSection 4, p.17.4
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approach
1 use
1  —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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useSection 3, p.14.6
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artificial
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an artificial heart
The plants look real, but they are artificial.
artificial = made by humans
DefinitionGenerally this sense of artificial means:
made by humans — often to replace something that can be found in nature
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useSection 4, p.18.2
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cerebral
1 use
Moderate exercise increases cerebral blood volume which improves thinking.
cerebral = relating to the brain
DefinitionGenerally cerebral means:
relating to the brain — especially the cerebrum (front of the brain)

or:

involving careful thinking rather than emotions or instinct
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 4, p.18.4
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conflict
1 use
Violent conflict has broken out again in the Middle East.
conflict = struggle
DefinitionGenerally conflict means:
a struggle or disagreement
in various senses, including:
  • a serious disagreement — as in "political conflict"
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings — as in "I'm conflicted about where I should go to college."
  • a violent fight or war — as in "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"
  • an idiom that refers to tension between responsibilities to different entities — "conflict of interest"
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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useSection 2, p.6.3
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cower
1 use
She cowered in fear.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 3, p.14.9
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deceive
1 use
The plan was to deceive the Germans into believing the main attack would take place further north.
deceive = mislead
DefinitionGenerally deceive means:
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 3, p.14.1
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fissure
1 use
The earthquake opened a small fissure across the road.
fissure = a long narrow crack
DefinitionGenerally fissure means:
a long, narrow crack; or its creation — especially in the ground or in rock

or:

a crack in the unity of a group; or its creation
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 4, p.18.4
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useSection 4, p.18.1
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intellectual
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
intellectual stimulation
The job pays my expenses, but it doesn't offer much intellectual stimulation.
intellectual = relating to the use of intelligence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intellectual means:
related to intelligence — such as requiring, appealing to, or possessing intelligence
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 3, p.14.5
mock
1 use
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useSection 3, p.14.2
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neurology
2 uses
In the United States a specialty in neurology requires 8 years of post-undergraduate education and clinical training.
neurology = the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system (including the brain)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 3, p.13.9
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opportunist
1 use
Her opponents describe her as a self-serving opportunist who will say anything and stab anyone in the back to get what she wants.
opportunist = someone who takes advantage of unplanned circumstances
DefinitionGenerally opportunist means:
someone who takes advantage of unplanned circumstances — possibly unethically
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 2, p.11.7
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progressive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
progressive decline
It is a progressive disease.
progressive = gradually getting more severe
DefinitionGenerally this sense of progressive means:
gradually advancing or becoming more severe
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 4, p.17.9
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proportional
1 use
Sales people at our company earn income proportional to their sales.
proportional = related in amount
DefinitionGenerally proportional means:
appropriate or related in size, amount, or degree
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useSection 4, p.18.2
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useSection 3, p.14.3
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stimulus
1 use
We're hoping the stimulus package will increase the number and quality of available jobs.
stimulus = something that creates growth (in this case economic growth)
DefinitionGenerally stimulus means:
something that creates growth or excitement, or something that causes an action
in various senses, including:
  • economic stimulus — something that makes the economy grow
  • biological or psychological stimulus — something that makes the body react in a particular way such as when more light make the eye pupil shrink, or when lack of sleep causes stress
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 4, p.18
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tradition
1 use
My family's Thanksgiving tradition is to gather together and eat turkey.
tradition = a long-established practice
DefinitionGenerally tradition means:
a long-established or previously long-established practice or belief

and/or:

one or more practices, beliefs, or stories passed down through generations within a specific culture or group
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library40 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useSection 3, p.13.9
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vacuous
1 use
It is a vacuous, feel-good philosophy.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useSection 3, p.15.3
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