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adapt
3 uses
Ideas contained in passages for this test, some of which are excerpted or adapted from published material, do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board.
adapted = changed (to fit this situation)
DefinitionGenerally adapt means:
change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
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condescending
3 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
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context
5 uses
She said she was quoted out of context and that anyone who read her full speech would know it.
context = in a misleading manner (because the quote left out additional words that changed the meaning of what was quoted)
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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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 = a home in which someone lives
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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environment
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conditions in that environment
Cactus survives in the harsh desert environment.
environment = surrounding conditions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of environment means:
surrounding conditions (such as:)
  • conditions in a geographic area
  • conditions that affect a particular activity — such as business, learning, or raising children
  • conditions that create a certain mood — such as one of romance or competition
  • conditions that impact a particular computer system, subsystem, or program
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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epic
7 uses
I think Game of Thrones is the most epic fantasy written since The Rings Trilogy.
epic = an outstanding literary work that is long and heroic
DefinitionGenerally epic means:
something that is outstanding — especially a literary work that is long and heroic
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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Hitler
50 uses
Hitler killed disabled children as his first action of  "racial hygiene." He pretended to end the program when the public protested.
Hitler = German Nazi dictator during World War II
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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narrator
2 uses
The narrator in the play, Our Town talks to characters in the play as well as to the audience.
narrator = an actor in a play, movie, or other performance who helps to tell the story by talking directly to the audience (breaking the imaginary barrier between the performers and the audience)
DefinitionGenerally narrator means:
someone who tells a story—especially the main voice in a documentary, or a character who talks directly to the audience in a movie, play or other performance
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nostalgia
8 uses
The music makes me feel nostalgic.
nostalgic = happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Look at it from her perspective
A child who was abused with have a different perspective of family life than one raised in a nurturing home.
perspective = a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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prescribe
10 uses
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
prescribed = gave medical instructions instructing that the patient should take
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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revise
1 use
How can you revise that paragraph to improve the expression of ideas?
revise = improve (change)
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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simulate
12 uses
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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static
1 use
He was raised in a static village community where most people farmed in the same manner as their grandparents.
static = not changing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of static means:
not moving or not changing
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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toxic
43 uses
She suffered from exposure to toxic substances.
toxic = poisonous or harmful
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visceral
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
visceral muscles
A sedentary life has lead to excessive visceral fat.
visceral = relating to or affecting the viscera (internal organs)
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