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ambivalent
3 uses
Polling indicates the public is ambivalent on the subject. Their opinions change depending upon the latest headlines.
ambivalent = uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book4 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useA.N.
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2  —2 uses as in:
foreign correspondent of the paper
Let's get a report from our correspondent in Mexico City.
correspondent = reporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondent means:
a reporter — typically from a foreign country or with a particular expertise
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book3 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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glacier
36 uses
Scientist believe Europe will continue to face greater glacier retreat due to global warming.
glacier = a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river

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DefinitionGenerally glacier means:
a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river
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Book36 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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highlight
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
highlights with a yellow marker
The previous owner of the book highlighted with a yellow marker, so I'm using a green one.
highlighted = marked important text
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
to mark important text; or the text that is marked — typically marked using a felt-tip pen with a bright, transparent ink in order to reinforce memory and assist later review
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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hypothesis
3 uses
1  —3 uses 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 or explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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passage
10 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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perspective   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Look at it from her perspective
A child who was abused with have a different perspective of family life than one raised in a nurturing home.
perspective = a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
She loses perspective and continually wants to change the plan in a manner that depends on the most recent complaint.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4
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subsist
6 uses
Fortunately, the museum doesn't have to subsist entirely on admission charges.
subsist = survive
DefinitionGenerally subsist means:
to survive — especially without being able to manage comforts or luxuries
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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toxic
10 uses
She suffered from exposure to toxic substances.
toxic = poisonous or harmful
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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tundra
5 uses
Tundra reindeer travel as much as 3,000 miles a year.
tundra = a vast treeless plain in the northern arctic regions where the subsoil is always frozen (between the ice cap and the tree line)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses 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
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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