toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Les Miserables
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

(click/touch triangles for details)
accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 100 uses
1  —95 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
Book95 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
Web Links
2  —4 uses 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)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
3  —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 3.4
Web Links
augment
35 uses
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.10
Web Links
austere
25 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7
Web Links
bourgeois
135 uses
Our lifestyle upsets their bourgeois sensibilities.
bourgeois = typical middle class
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits — typically used to show disapproval

or:

in Marxist theory: the property-owning class
Word Statistics
Book135 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
Web Links
condensation
1 use
She slipped on a sidewalk made wet by condensation from an air conditioner.
condensation = the process or result of becoming more dense — especially a liquid formed from a gas as when water collects on the side of a cold glass
DefinitionGenerally condensation means:
the process or result of becoming more dense in various senses — such as:
  • liquid formed from a gas—as when water collects on the side of a cold glass
  • an abridgement or shortened version of writing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.8
Web Links
divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 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
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.5
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
divined through intuition
They are trying to divine the outcome of next year's election.
divine = to discover something — usually through intuition or reflection
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.6
Web Links
enigma
42 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
Word Statistics
Book42 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
Web Links
epoch
103 uses
Easter Island has passed through three epochs.
epochs = a significant period of time — such as an historical period or a unit of geological time smaller than a period and larger than an age
DefinitionGenerally epoch means:
a significant period of time — such as:
  • an historical period
  • a unit of geological time smaller than a period and larger than an age
  • an arbitrary astronomical time reference
  • an important time in someone's life
Word Statistics
Book103 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
Web Links
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —21 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
Book21 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
2  —3 uses 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
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.7
Web Links
formidable
86 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
Word Statistics
Book86 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
illustrate
1 use
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.6
Web Links
insipid
4 uses
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
Web Links
minuteness   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
Web Links
perfidy
2 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
Web Links
render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.3
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/choices)
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.