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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
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.22.38
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acquire
5 uses
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2, p.12.91
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apprehensive
5 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.79.18
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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) for a particular situation
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16, p.127.65
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chastise
10 uses
She said the United Nations resolution amounted to chastising Israel for wanting to exist.
chastising = scolding or criticizing
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.20.86
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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
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Book4 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11, p.82.9
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 14 uses
1  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.66.44
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.51.92
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3  —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 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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Book5 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.1.74
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4  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15, p.118.45
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5  —5 uses 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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Book5 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.23.62
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 39 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Don't dwell on the past.
dwell = think or talk about something longer than seems appropriate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8, p.61.28
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2  —38 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = a home in which someone lives
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.27.50
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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10, p.74.13
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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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16, p.127.45
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nurture
31 uses
We want older employees to help nurture the talents of new employees.
nurture = help develop or grow
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Book31 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.53
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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 = 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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11, p.81.52
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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 = exact
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precise means:
exact (accurate)
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Book12 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7, p.55.35
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solemn
8 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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Book8 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.45.26
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22, p.173.34
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