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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book6 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 30
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afflict
7 uses
She is afflicted by diabetes.
afflicted = made to suffer
DefinitionGenerally afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses 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 = a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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contend
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
She contended for the gold medal
Militant groups are contending for control of the country
contending = competing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to compete
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 19
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey the princess to London.
convey = transport
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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impudent
7 uses
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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indulge
7 uses
She indulges her children more than is good for them.
indulges = allows them to get their way (gives into their desire)
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 28
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magnanimous
1 use
He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a negative effect
Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
negatively = in a bad or harmful manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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opulent
1 use
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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ostracize
1 use
She is ostracized for her unpopular opinions.
ostracized = excluded from a community or group
DefinitionGenerally ostracize means:
exclude someone from a community or group
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = proved or argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 27
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soliloquy
3 uses
Perhaps the best known soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in Hamlet:  "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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