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accord
19 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
"Each according to his fate," she seemed to say.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement 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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Book17 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
alias
1 use
For some reason he must live and act under an alias.
alias = alternative name
DefinitionGenerally alias means:
an alternative name
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
Suddenly the element of life became distinguishable, as apprehensible as electric currents, air and water, desire for happiness, earth, sky.
apprehensible = able to be perceived
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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arbitration
1 use
One night they had guests-the headmistress of Lara's school, several fellow teachers of her husband's, the member of an arbitration court on which Pavel Pavlovich too had recently served, and a few others.
arbitration = an official process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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capitalism
1 use
Whatever it was called-feudalism and serfdom or capitalism and industrial workers, it was unnatural and unjust.
capitalism = an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
The fields appeared to him as something seen in the fever of a dangerous illness, and the woods, by contrast, in the lucidity of health regained.†
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.15
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The woods and the fields offered a complete contrast in those days.†
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.15
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
You tell me my ideas don't correspond to reality.
correspond = connect or fit with
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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.7
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2  —4 uses as in:
corresponding by email
I used to correspond with them, you know, after I got back to Moscow, and then they suddenly stopped writing.
correspond = exchange letters through the mail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Several seats have been put at my disposal for my assistants.†
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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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.11
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duplicity
1 use
The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Fedka lived in sin with his ward Motia and therefore saw himself as a disrupter of the established order and a champion of progressive thought.†
established = long-practiced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book3 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.2
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flout
1 use
But no one flouts that way of life and thought as openly as you do.
flouts = openly disregards
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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grave
1 use
Antipova stopped ironing and gave him a grave, astonished look.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.5
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hackneyed
1 use
These reflections appealed to Gordon just because they were so hackneyed.
hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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interpret
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
These works were inspired by a new interpretation of Christianity, and led directly to a new conception of art.
interpretation = understanding (of something in a particular way)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
It proved to be an equally dull collection of minutes of partisan meetings.†
minutes = formal notes (from a meeting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11
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proletariat
8 uses
His origin is even more proletarian than mine.
proletarian = a social class consisting of those who must work for wages to support themselves
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Leaning against an upright at the entrance, I strain to make the far-off echo yield A cue to the events that may come in my day.†
yield = produce or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.17
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2  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
As a result, his feeling, still pulsing and warm, was gradually eliminated from his poems, and romantic morbidity yielded to a broad and serene vision that lifted the particular to the level of the universal and familiar.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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