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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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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 with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book3 uses
Library46 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 = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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constraint
1 use
Both sides have demonstrated a lack of constraint in the discussions.
constraint = staying within limits (in this case restraining themselves from saying things that make it hard to work together)
DefinitionGenerally constraint means:
something that limits something's motion or someone's actions; or the state of being so limited
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1st useChapter 2
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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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
Library6 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 such as:)
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something
  • to activate a computer system for use
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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foreman
4 uses
She complained to the shop foreman.
foreman = a person who is in charge of other workers

or:

a juror in a court case who is selected by other jurors to head the jury
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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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1st useChapter 3
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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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/having no effect
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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lament
1 use
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library9 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
Library9 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
Library7 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 = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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refuge
3 uses
The park serves as a refuge for wildlife.
refuge = 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
Some call Warren Buffett the "Sage of Omaha".
sage = someone known for being 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
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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 indulge in an emotion or situation

(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 has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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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
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1st useChapter 3
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