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accompany
4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
The nurse accompanies the old woman everywhere.
accompanies = travels with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 6, p.43.4
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unquizzed meaning  —3 uses
acknowledge
4 uses
She acknowledged that she might have forgotten.
acknowledged = admitted
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.22.4
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acquire
5 uses
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (get)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2, p.12.9
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anguish
7 uses
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme pain
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.100.9
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apprehensive
5 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.79.2
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appropriate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16, p.127.7
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comprehend
4 uses
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11, p.82.1
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conscious
13 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
environmentally conscious
She prides herself on being socially conscious.
conscious = aware and concerned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conscious means:
aware or concerned about something
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.44.5
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
direct
14 uses
1  —5 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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.1.7
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unquizzed meaning  —9 uses
dwell
39 uses
1  —38 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
Book38 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.27.5
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
function   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Its main function is to...
The function of the lens of the eye is to focus light on the retina.
function = job or purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10, p.74.1
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2  —1 use as in:
can't function well without sleep
I don't function well on less than six hours of sleep a night; and I do best on nine.
function = work or operate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
work or operate — sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16, p.127.5
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meticulous
5 uses
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.48.6
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nurture
44 uses
We want older employees to help nurture the talents of new employees.
nurture = help to develop
DefinitionGenerally nurture means:
help develop or grow
Word Statistics
Book44 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.5
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perceive
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = see (become aware of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11, p.81.5
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precise
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
about noon; 12:03 to be precise
Is it precise enough if I measure to the closest inch?
precise = accurate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precise means:
exact (accurate)
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7, p.55.4
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relinquish
4 uses
Mary Queen of Scots refused to relinquish her throne, so Queen Elizabeth had her executed.
relinquish = give up
DefinitionGenerally relinquish means:
to give something up, or to let go of something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.46.6
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solemn
8 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.45.3
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subside
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
her anger subsided
I couldn't think clearly until the pain subsided.
subsided = became less severe
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.59.6
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