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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16, p.283.66
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askew
2 uses
She came out of the water with her glasses askew but still on her head.
askew = not straight (not in proper alignment)
DefinitionGenerally askew means:
not straight (not in proper alignment)

or:

(when used metaphorically) not right, or not as planned
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.172.77
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bound   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 13 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.10.39
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2  —1 use as in:
bound together
The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5, p.80.36
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3  —5 uses as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
bound = tied together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
tied up, prevented, or required
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17, p.290.53
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4  —3 uses as in:
out of bounds; bounded on the east
The ball went out of bounds.
bounds = the boundaries of an area where a game is played
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
a boundary or limit
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.127.42
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5  —2 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
She's the sort of person who bounds out of bed in the morning and runs five miles before starting her day.
bounds = jumps
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8, p.140.60
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burnish
1 use
burnished bronze
burnished = polished
DefinitionGenerally burnish means:
polish and make shiny — especially metal

or more generally:  to improve something — especially the impression that something makes
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.72.56
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centaur
12 uses
Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.254.43
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 7 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.207.1
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2  —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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.130.17
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3  —2 uses 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
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11, p.189.50
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4  —3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.199.61
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disgruntled
2 uses
The employees were disgruntled by their bad working conditions
disgruntled = in a bad mood - typically unhappy and annoyed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.94.18
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expulsion
13 uses
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out — in this case, kicking someone out of school
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.59.89
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nettle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
beware of nettles near the river
I ran into some stinging nettles.
nettles = a type of plant that has fine irritating hairs
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nettle means:
a type of plant with stinging or irritating hairs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.138.98
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reflection   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
my reflection in the mirror
I was looking at my reflection in her sunglasses.
reflection = image
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.208.63
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2  —1 use as in:
lit by the reflection
I watched the reflection of the sunlight in the underside of the pool umbrella.
reflection = light seen after it bounces off a surface to another
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
light seen after it bounces off a surface to another; or the process of bouncing light, sound, or other energy off of a surface
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11, p.187.50
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
Her New Year's resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
resolution = a firm decision to do something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15, p.246.9
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tapestry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the tapestry hangs in the museum
The tapestry depicts the building of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
tapestry = a heavy fabric with a woven picture or design — often hung on a wall for display
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.128.98
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