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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —14 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
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library46 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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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allege
4 uses
She alleged that she was the victim of a crime.
alleged = asserted (said) without proof
DefinitionGenerally allege means:
claim (asserted without proof)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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astute
2 uses
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
astute = smart and perceptive
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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clemency
4 uses
He petitioned the Governor for clemency.
clemency = mercy
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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compel
15 uses
Does our DNA compel us to act as we do?
compel = force
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —7 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
Book7 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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faction
13 uses
It was a fight between the moderate and liberal factions of the Democratic Party.
factions = sub-groups
DefinitionGenerally faction means:
a sub-group with some interests not shared by the entire group
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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impetuous
3 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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mercenary
16 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
a mercenary soldier
He enlisted as a mercenary.
mercenary = a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
mitigate
2 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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oppress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
oppressive government
The regime oppresses its people.
oppresses = harshly and unfairly dominates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to dominate harshly and unfairly (as in "oppressive government")

or:

to deny equal rights to others or make them suffer (as in "The government oppresses minorities.")
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
prudent
11 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
reproach
11 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
valor
20 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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