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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 25 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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 = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Ideas contained in passages for this test, some of which are excerpted or adapted from published material, do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board.
adapted = changed (to fit this situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 5
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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
We saw the rocket ascend.
ascend = move upward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —9 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)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 1
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2  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 3
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 6
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discern
15 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use 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
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 5
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 5
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exemplar
2 uses
She is an excellent exemplar of the modern woman.
exemplar = example — especially one that represents the ideal
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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impulsive
9 uses
letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted
impulsive = action taken without forethought
DefinitionGenerally impulsive means:
action without forethought; or such a tendency
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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indulge
13 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
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 1
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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moreover
6 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 1
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel marketing ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 2
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precede
3 uses
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 1
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rectify
1 use
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 6
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reproach
17 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 2
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