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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 29 uses
1  —28 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
Book28 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
They expect to be accorded the same respect as any other nuclear armed nation.
accorded = given special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Although they did not win, the team acquitted itself well and we were proud to have them represent us.
acquitted = handled (itself in a specified way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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condescending
6 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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consequence
12 uses
1  —12 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
Book12 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47
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establish
4 uses
1  —4 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 43
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2  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43
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indulge
10 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
Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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lilt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an Irish lilt
She has an appealing Irish lilt.
lilt = accent (or way of speaking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of lilt means:
a way of speaking, singing, or making music — typically cheerful, lively or pleasing — sometimes with the pitch of the voice rising and falling
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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mollify
2 uses
She managed to mollify the angry customer.
mollify = calm
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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novel
3 uses
We're looking for novel marketing ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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proclivity
1 use
She has a proclivity for exaggeration.
proclivity = tendency
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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strata
2 uses
The Grand Canyon has many exposed rock strata ranging from 200 million to 2 billion years old.
strata = layers
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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tact
10 uses
She has the tact of a politician or diplomat.
tact = the ability and tendency to say or handle things in such a way that others feel good about them
DefinitionGenerally tact means:
the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 44
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