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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 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 useChapter 4
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constraint
1 use
I will devote my full energy to the project, without constraint.
constraint = limitation
DefinitionGenerally constraint means:
limitation (something that limits something else)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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derive
1 use
She likes to win, but she doesn't derive pleasure from watching others lose.
derive = get
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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1st useChapter 1
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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enable
1 use
The test enables earlier identification of autism.
enables = makes possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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harangue
1 use
My parents continuously harangue me about my grades.
harangue = annoyingly try to persuade or criticize
DefinitionGenerally harangue means:
to try to persuade, or to criticize in an impassioned and often annoying manner; or a speech with such an intent
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inert
1 use
The snake had recently eaten and lay inert in the grass.
inert = unmoving
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or:

slow, lethargic, or without interest

or (in chemistry/medicine):

chemically inactive (not having an effect)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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infernal
2 uses
Please stop making that infernal noise!
infernal = very annoying
DefinitionGenerally infernal means:
very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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lament
1 use
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief about
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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mystic
4 uses
She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
mystic = someone who attempts to tune into realities beyond scientific understanding
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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notorious
2 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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refuge
3 uses
The park serves as a refuge for wildlife.
refuge = safe place
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Can you offer some sage advice?
sage = wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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tone
2 uses
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
tone = general feeling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow in self-pity
Don't wallow in your sorrows.
wallow = indulge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to excessively give into a desire (indulge)

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone is enjoying a lot of something such as luxury or rest.)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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wizened
1 use
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
Word Statistics
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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