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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 79 uses
1  —73 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
Book73 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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2  —6 uses 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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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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aesthetic
11 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25
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ascetic
1 use
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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capitalism
26 uses
Capitalism has helped to move millions of people out of poverty.
capitalism = an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 17 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
corresponding time period
The girls are using a simple code where "1" corresponds to "A", "2" to "B" and so on for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
corresponds = is equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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3  —3 uses as in:
a correspondence course
She took a correspondence course while she was in prison.
correspondence = done from afar via written communication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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enigma
9 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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ephemeral
1 use
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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immaterial
1 use
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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immutable
27 uses
It is an immutable law of physics.
immutable = unchangeable
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Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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indolent
1 use
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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innate
34 uses
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = see (become aware of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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perception
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perception of external stimuli
The drug dulls sensory perception.
perception = the act of sensing (to see, hear, taste, touch, or smell)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perception means:
something that someone senses; or the act of sensing
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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repress
19 uses
She could barely repress a smile as she scolded her son for fidgeting.
repress = to hold something back
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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stoic
24 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = unemotional
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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