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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
"Is your mom around?" Ronnie asked as Alice shifted her weight, trying to see into the kitchen behind me.
I adjusted myself accordingly, blocking her view, before saying...
accordingly = because of what was just happened
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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Book6 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
I would have had more faith if she'd gone of her own accord.
own accord = own mind (voluntarily — without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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acquiesce
3 uses
I needed the money, though, so I'd bitten my tongue and acquiesced.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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aversion
1 use
Maybe it was a late-shift thing, this aversion to daylight in general, and morning specifically.
aversion = dislike
DefinitionGenerally aversion means:
dislike that leads to avoidance
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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calculus
19 uses
"I'm very good at calculus," he explained, pushing up his glasses.
calculus = the branch of mathematics that is concerned with continuously changing values
DefinitionGenerally this sense of calculus means:
any system or process used to calculate values or to reason

or:

the branch of mathematics that is concerned with continuously changing values
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The hole was even bigger now, the red clay and exposed rock a marked contrast to the even green grass on either side of it.†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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cursory
1 use
Sure enough, by the time I lifted my head a couple of minutes later to turn my attention to the teacher, a cursory check revealed everyone else was pretty much doing the same.
cursory = hasty (quick) and without attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally cursory means:
quick—not thorough (without attention to detail)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Or will you get your own apartment, Ruby, with all the money at your disposal?†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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dubious
1 use
I looked up at her, dubious, as she extended her hand to me.
dubious = doubtful or uncertain
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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extricate
1 use
I had a feeling he was trying to extricate himself, although he'd had little luck thus far.
extricate = free from constraint or difficulty
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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gullible
1 use
It was possible he was just that gullible.
gullible = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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incredulous
3 uses
'No way,' Nate said, incredulous.
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
I'd noticed the irony in what all the girls were wearing, which was basically expensive clothes made to look cheap.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
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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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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kiosk
18 uses
And how long did it take you to leave me alone here, to run the kiosk myself?
kiosk = a very small area used as a store or to dispense information
DefinitionGenerally kiosk means:
a very small area used as a store or to dispense information; or an interactive computer-driven self-service machine
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Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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literally   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
literally--not figuratively
Still, the woman literally jumped in the air. Completely vertical, feet off the ground, coffee spilling out of the cup backward, splattering the pavement.
literally = actually (not figuratively; not an exaggeration)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of literally means:
actually true using the basic meaning of the words (not an exaggeration, metaphor, or other type of figurative speech)
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Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —4 uses as in:
literally at death's door
Nate, who was a friend to me before I even knew what a friend was. Who picked me up, literally, over and over again, and never asked for anything in return except for my word and my understanding.
literally = an intensifier (to intensify what is said)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of literally means:
an intensifier (to intensify what is said — especially a metaphor)
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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perfunctory
1 use
Officially, it was my job to keep the ice bucket full and make sure the music was audible, but other than doing this on a most perfunctory level, I wasn't exactly mingling.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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petulant
1 use
My mother was at her worst just before going to work, petulant like a child.
petulant = prone to be unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
But Perkins Day is more rigorous, academically, than you're used to.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
Then, tentatively, he came closer, then a bit closer still, until finally...
tentatively = careful or unsure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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