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accompany
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
He returned a minute later accompanied by a blond guy in his early twenties.
accompanied = escorted (in the company of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st usePart 3
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agile
5 uses
Like you're two seconds faster in the agility drill.
agility = ability to move well quickly and easily
DefinitionGenerally agile means:
able to move well quickly and easily

or:

able to think well quickly and easily
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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annex
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
annex of the main building
Monday morning, I was called out of English class to the library annex.
annex = an addition that extends a main building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of annex means:
an addition that extends a main building

or:

to attach something — especially to something larger or more important
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
That week I took a different approach. I did everything I could to conserve my energy, to save every ounce of strength for the game.
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 5
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2  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
Kaylee wasn't the only person who approached me that day.†
approached = began talking with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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compensate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she compensates with extra effort
"You're going to be taking two hundred milligrams each time," he said, "so go to about two twenty-five milligrams to compensate for any air bubbles."
compensate = make up for; or adjust for
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 4
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congregate
1 use
When he finished, the guys turned and started to congregate at the mouth of the tunnel, their voices alive with excitement.
congregate = come together
DefinitionGenerally congregate means:
come together as a group
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
If we stayed back in a conventional defense, their running backs nickel-and-dimed us to death.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 5
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Woodinville won the toss, but they deferred, which meant we'd have the ball first.
deferred = postponed (in this case, postponed receiving the kickoff)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 6 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
He strode across the tile floor, walked directly up to me, and stuck out his hand.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book2 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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2  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
I could feel the rage coming—only this time it wasn't directed at Russ Diver or anybody else.†
directed = aimed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book1 use
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 4
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Next came another whistle, and within seconds they had broken up into different subgroups, and each subgroup had a coach directing it.†
directing = instructing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 3
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the movie
Maybe he burned out, or someone got sick in his family, or he hated the athletic director.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book2 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
The linebackers were so focused on me that they had all come up, leaving our tight end wide open over the middle.†
focused = concentrating (on one thing and not paying attention to other things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book5 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 5
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2  —2 uses as in:
The focus of our study is...
With my focus narrowed, most of the panic was gone.†
focus = where attention is concentrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 2
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humiliate
4 uses
Before every game, you worry that some guy on the other team is going to manhandle you, humiliate you, show you up.
humiliate = extremely embarrass (decrease dignity, self-respect, or pride)
DefinitionGenerally humiliate means:
extremely embarrass (decrease dignity, self-respect, or pride — especially in front of others)
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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mediocre
2 uses
It was supposed to be a game between the two best teams in the state, but Rogers seemed mediocre.
mediocre = average or a bit below average in quality
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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passage
1 use
"Sometimes when I'm feeling lost," she said as she handed it to me, "I'll open the book and read and before long I'll find a passage that will comfort me."†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useEpil.
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Everything he'd said after the Inglemoor game was positive, but I knew what was happening. Dave Kane was playing better and better every week. His star was shining brighter and mine was fading.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 5
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
I'd pop free for a first down now and again, but we couldn't sustain anything.
sustain = continue through time (in this case, keep making good plays one-after-the-other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2
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