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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Handle according to instructions.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
From page 365.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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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Book10 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2, p.10.9
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
For another, I thought, you gave it away of your own accord.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
From page 148.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2, p.12.6
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affidavit
1 use
Various affidavits were presented attesting to how Ty and Pete, and later, Jess, and Rose and myself had conducted business on the farm over the summer.
affidavits = written statement made under oath
From page 321.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally affidavit means:
a written statement made under oath
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.40, p.321.9
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allude
2 uses
She alluded to Jess only tactfully, and gave me little hugs from time to time, or compliments.†
alluded = indirectly referenced
From page 310.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.37, p.293.7
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attribute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
Sometimes I thought it was naive of us to attribute softer sentiments to my father.†
attribute = credit (point to as the source of something)
From page 66.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.14, p.101.8
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context
2 uses
Later I thought if there were enough of them it would sort of put him in context, or diminish him somehow.†
in context = with consideration of surrounding setting and conditions
From page 300  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.38, p.300
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contradict
2 uses
It was full of contradictory little rituals.†
contradictory = in disagreement
From page 279.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.19, p.144.9
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cultivate
10 uses
It's very old, I'm used to it, and most of the time, I'm better at cultivating inner peace.
cultivating = developing

(editor's note: Often in this book, cultivate is used to refer to helping crops to grow, but here the word is used in a less specific sense.)
From page 56.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.8, p.56.4
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
These three remarks went unelaborated upon.†
unelaborated = without details

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unelaborated means not and reverses the meaning of elaborated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
From page 230.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.30, p.230.3
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flaunt
1 use
The uncharacteristic flaunting of his new tractor, at the pig roast, was quickly followed by complaints, which Jess faithfully relayed to us.
flaunting = showing off
From page 107.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally flaunt means:
the act of showing off (displaying something in an obvious way for others to admire or envy)

or:

openly defiant of rules or expectations
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15, p.107.7
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irrelevant
1 use
She cared about what we did or failed to do—our homework, our chores, our share of the cooking and cleaning—and expected our feelings about these doings to rise and fall according to some sort of childhood barometer, irrelevant to her, having to do with "phases."†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
From page 223.4  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.29, p.223.4
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monopoly
15 uses
I would have been eight months pregnant for the coming of Jess Clark, the ponderous focus of witty remarks during all our Monopoly games.†
monopoly = the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
From page 256  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book15 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.12, p.76.4
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mortgage
7 uses
A hundred and sixty acres, no mortgage.†
mortgage = a real estate loan; or pledging something for a loan
From page 12.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally mortgage means:
a real estate loan; or to offer real estate as collateral for a loan

(collateral is something that has to be given to the lender if the loan isn't paid as agreed)
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1, p.4.4
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poignant
1 use
I knew that all children had certain precious belongings, odd things that represented happiness to them, but the way she cradled that case in her hand seemed poignant to me, emblematic of some sort of deprivation that she could feel but not define, or, maybe, admit to.
poignant = intensely sad
From page 95.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally poignant means:
sharp or intense — typically arousing deep emotion such as sadness, but possibly having or creating a sharp smell, taste, or insight
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.13, p.95.8
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portfolio
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
investment portfolio
This is a big loan, Ginny. One of the biggest in our portfolio now, though I shouldn't be telling you that.
portfolio = all the investments held by an individual or organization
From page 201.5  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.26, p.201.5
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precede
2 uses
It is hard to know whether an air of self-confidence precedes or follows success.†
precedes = goes, does, or is before
From page 282.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.36, p.282.4
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remorse
11 uses
Rose left me a riddle I haven't solved, of how we judge those who have hurt us when they have shown no remorse or even understanding.†
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
From page 370.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6, p.33.2
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self-righteous
1 use
And then there was this self-righteous look on her face, for clearly she had taken up Daddy's burden of injustice, and she shouldered it with a sense of injured virtue.
self-righteous = belief in personal moral superiority over others
From page 318.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally self-righteous means:
believing oneself morally superior to others — especially in an annoying manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.40, p.318.1
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
A little insurance for the yield, and the pleasure of driving that shiny red piece of machinery along the fencerow next to Cabot Street Road.†
yield = production
From page 231.7  Typical Usage
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 4.30, p.231.7
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
I paused at the kitchen door and watched the unyielding back of his head for a few seconds.†
unyielding = strict, firm, or hard (not giving in, not giving way, or not giving up)

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unyielding means not and reverses the meaning of yielding. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
From page 67.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10, p.67.1
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