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accord
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
"Can you stack these in order according to size?" he said loudly and slowly, as if I were hard of hearing and really stupid.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
From page 19.7  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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Book2 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.19.7
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accumulate
1 use
Mrs. Shannon rolls all of us closer so we can watch the snow accumulate on the grass and trees.†
accumulate = collect or gradually increase
From page 127.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally accumulate means:
to collect or gradually increase
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 15, p.127.5
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amble
2 uses
Claire stays on the other side of the room with her parents, but Connor ambles over and stands next to Rose.†
ambles = walks leisurely
From page 215.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19, p.173.9
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autism
1 use
She's autistic, I think.†
autistic = a mental illness most commonly associated with undeveloped social abilities, language, and other communication skills
From page 34  Typical Usage
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.34
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a bronze tan
Red-bronze leaves.
bronze = a reddish-brown color
From page 113.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.113.8
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commotion
1 use
In the midst of all the commotion Mr. Dimming seemed to get an inspiration.†
commotion = noisy disturbance
From page 228.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26, p.228.1
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concerto
1 use
I learned to tell the difference between Beethoven and Bach, between a sonata and a concerto.†
concerto = music written for orchestra and one (or more) solo instruments
From page 48.2  Typical Usage
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.48.2
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curt
1 use
"No, I don't understand," Mom says curtly.†
curtly = in a manner that uses few words or is abrupt and perhaps discourteous or rude
From page 264.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29, p.264.5
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deft
1 use
Mom took the CD, dug down in her purse for a moment, gave Mrs. Billups a five-dollar bill, and deftly snapped the disc in half.†
deftly = skillful
From page 59.7  Typical Usage
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.59.7
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focus
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I have to stay focused.†
focused = concentrating on the matter at hand
From page 177.7  Typical Usage
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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Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20, p.177.7
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however
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Scoring, however, will be the same.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
From page 218.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book7 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6, p.45
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indignant
1 use
"So, you aced the quiz and then bombed the follow-up?" she said to me, indignation decorating her words.†
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong

(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.)
From page 159.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 18, p.159.5
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matinée
1 use
Maybe we can go catch a matinee.†
matinee = daytime performance
From page 86.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally matinée means:
a daytime performance (of something like a movie or play)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.86.2
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notify
1 use
Shouldn't we have been notified that the flight was cancelled?"†
notified = told someone about something
From page 258.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally notify means:
to tell someone about something — typically in an official manner
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28, p.258.3
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plaintive
1 use
"Oh, Melody, if only I could make your hurt go away," she says plaintively.†
plaintively = in a sad manner
From page 265.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally plaintive means:
expressing sadness — sometimes with a plea for help
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29, p.265.4
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I am absolutely positive!†
positive = certain
From page 162.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.150.9
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2  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
"We've got to think positive thoughts."†
positive = optimistic
From page 74.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.74.3
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resilient
1 use
Toddlers are very resilient, you know.†
resilient = able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it
From page 280.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally resilient means:
able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it — such as a person retaining a positive attitude, or a material returning to its shape after being bent, stretched, or pressed
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31, p.280.1
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sedative
1 use
He sent a prescription for a sedative, but Mom didn't give it to me.†
sedative = a drug that calms or puts to sleep; or describing something as calming
From page 17.8  Typical Usage
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.17.8
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taint
1 use
He brought out a stack of well-used, hopefully not lead-tainted, wood blocks, then leaned in so close to me, I could see the pores in his face.†
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
From page 19.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.19.6
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