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accord
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
A robot is a machine which carries out certain operations in accordance with a program of instructions.
accordance = keeping with
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
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adapt   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
So they attempted to adapt the basic techniques to the needs of a larger race.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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2  —2 uses as in:
especially well adapted for
They are beautiful, friendly creatures, so well adapted to their environment that they don't have to mess it up in order to lead the life they seem to enjoy.†
well adapted = well suited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapted means:
to be especially well suited or appropriate for something
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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
It was cycling back and forth between these alternatives at the end.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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approximate
6 uses
Depth, approximately 175 fathoms.†
approximately = about (but not exactly)
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
I chuckled, which they doubtless attributed to the effects of the drug, and I continued practicing my yoga breathing techniques.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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conducive
1 use
Music was placed in this category, and Aristotle speculated in his Politics as to the profit to be derived from it, finally conceding that music might conduce to virtue by making the body fit, promoting a certain ethos, and enabling us to enjoy things in me proper way, whatever that means.†
conduce = contribute (to a result)
DefinitionGenerally conducive means:
contribute (help lead to a result)
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context
1 use
She had published a number of books and articles with titles full of alienations, roles, transactions, social contexts, and more alienations.†
contexts = the settings or situations in which things occur
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
I could provide myself with a conventional-seeming background in any area that amused me, and work as an employee there.†
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
The full sensitivity of the neuristor brain was not appreciated at first It was assumed that the operators were adding data in a linear fashion and that this would continue until a critical mass was achieved, corresponding to the construction of a model or picture of the world which would then serve as a point of departure for growth of the Hangman's own mind.†
corresponding = connected or fitting together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched
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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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
It is simply a matter of talking now or talking later. Since you prefer to defer it, ...
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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equivalent
5 uses
The average dolphin seems to be quite pacific, with an intelligence possibly equivalent to our own.†
equivalent = being equal or essentially equal
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
We have not yet succeeded in re-establishing contact.†
re-establishing = restoring

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in re-establishing means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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novel
1 use
Is it so novel a thing?
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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omit
2 uses
So I did, omitting only the substance I had derived from the babbling part.†
omitting = to exclude or neglect something
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phenomenon
6 uses
The half-familiar face becomes a familiar phenomenon in a crowded, highly mobile society.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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precede
1 use
Will you precede me and explain things, so that he will not be afraid when I come in?†
precede = to go or do before
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primarily
1 use
Our dreams are largely visual in nature, for our waking lives are primarily visually oriented.†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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revise
2 uses
"Yes?" she asked, and I revised my estimate as to the age of the photo.†
revised = changed
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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warrant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
serious enough to warrant surgery
This one is unwarranted and overly anthropomorphic, though ... You wanted my opinion.†
unwarranted = not justified

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unwarranted means not and reverses the meaning of warranted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of warrant means:
to justify (make an action reasonable or necessary)
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