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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was acquitted
It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
acquit = officially find "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.168.9
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appeal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
appeals to youthful tastes
She has an appealing smile.
appealing = attractive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appeal means:
attractiveness or desirability; or to be attractive or desirable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5, p.76.5
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.59.2
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bewilder
6 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book6 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.88.3
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compose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
compose a poem
The assignment is to compose a poem.
compose = write
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.169.5
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conform
1 use
Most teenagers are surprisingly conformist within their subgroup.
conformist = someone who thinks and acts like others in a group
DefinitionGenerally conform means:
to comply, fit in, or be similar to what is normal
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.137.5
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.59.9
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critical
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a critical problem
It is of critical importance.
critical = highly important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of critical means:
important, serious, or dangerous
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.102.5
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delirium
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
delirious = mentally confused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delirium means:
a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.157.3
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dogged
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
dogged determination
She worked with dogged determination.
dogged = continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.88.1
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elude
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your point eludes me
What you are seeing in her eludes me.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understand)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.78.1
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engage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
engage in conversation
She engaged in conduct that is a violation of the honor code.
engaged = was involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.39
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environment
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her family environment
Cactus survives in the harsh desert environment.
environment = surrounding conditions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of environment means:
surrounding conditions
in various senses, including:
  • conditions in a location or geographic area — as in "the desert environment"
  • conditions that affect a particular activity — as in "the learning environment"
  • conditions that create a certain mood — as in "a competitive environment," or "a romantic environment,"
  • conditions that impact a particular computer system, subsystem, or program — as in "the Windows environment"
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9, p.136.6
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genuine
1 use
I am genuinely sorry for what I did.
genuinely = sincerely
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.110.2
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indignant
2 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10, p.159.1
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ornery
3 uses
I avoid contact when he's in an ornery mood.
ornery = cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ornery means:
quick to get annoyed, complain, argue, and be uncooperative
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.39.8
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premonition
1 use
She had a premonition that her child would be hurt.
premonition = a feeling, not based on reason, that something will happen
DefinitionGenerally premonition means:
a feeling, not based on reason, that something will happen — especially something bad
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.67.2
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testify
2 uses
She testified against the robber.
testified = provided oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.86.1
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theme
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
wrote a 2-page theme on my summer
She has us write a 500-word theme every other week.
theme = an essay written by a student
DefinitionGenerally this sense of theme means:
an essay written by a student

(This sense of theme is much rarer in recent decades than in the past.)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12, p.169.9
tone
5 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
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.21.8
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