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condemn   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
She condemned their plan
We condemn racism wherever it is found.
condemn = strongly criticize
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
express strong criticism
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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2  —9 uses as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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conjure
10 uses
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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contempt   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —4 uses 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
Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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2  —7 uses as in:
held in contempt of court
The judge held her in contempt.
contempt = the crime of disrespect for the authority of a court
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
the crime of willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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contend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She contended that...
Her lawyer contends that the contract isn't valid.
contends = claims or says
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to claim that something is true
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 3
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2  —6 uses as in:
She contended with it
She contends with headaches.
contends = struggles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to struggle
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 1
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contradict
1 use
Does the sentence contradict the main claim of the essay?
contradict = disagree with
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 1
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critical
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a critical problem
It is of critical importance.
critical = highly important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of critical means:
important, serious, or dangerous
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 2
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deposition
13 uses
The purpose of a deposition is to discover facts and obtain evidence.
deposition = pretrial questioning of a witness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deposition means:
a pretrial questioning of a witness or the resulting transcript
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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direct
9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 4
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unquizzed meaning  —8 uses
dispute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
their border dispute
The area has long been a source of dispute between India and Pakistan.
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 4
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use 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
Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 1
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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)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 3
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fraudulent
10 uses
She stole money by filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
fraudulent = intended to deceive
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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pretense
9 uses
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = false appearance
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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vengeance
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
Most Americans wanted vengeance after the 9-11 attacks.
vengeance = revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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warrant   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
has a warrant to...
Do you have a search warrant?
warrant = document giving the right to do the thing just mentioned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of warrant means:
a document (granting the right to do something)
for example:
  • a document signed by a judge giving police the right to search a home
  • a document signed by a judge giving police the right to arrest someone
  • a document giving someone the right to buy stock shares at a given price by a given date
  • a voucher documenting the right to receive payment
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useAct 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
serious enough to warrant surgery
The company's reputation for high-quality products is no longer warranted.
warranted = justified (reasonable)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of warrant means:
to justify (make an action reasonable or necessary)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useAct 1
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