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accompany   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
"You will, of course, need a guide," said the king, "and, since he knows the obstacles so well, the Humbug has cheerfully volunteered to accompany you."
accompany = travel with
From page 99.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8, p.99.8
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2  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
"AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE," bellowed the doctor and two screeches and a bump accompanied his response.
accompanied = occurred at the same time as
From page 136.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11, p.136.1
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approximate
1 use
"Well, approximately yes." he replied, lowering his arm to the vast relief of the bug: that is, comparatively no. What I mean is, relatively maybe—in other words, roughly perhaps.
approximately = roughly (not exactly)
From page 221.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17, p.221.4
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arbitration
1 use
They discussed and debated and raved and ranted until they were on the verge of blows, when it was decided to submit the question to arbitration by the princesses.
arbitration = judgment and decision
From page 77.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.77.1
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arbor
1 use
One day as he was strolling peacefully about the grounds, he discovered two tiny babies that had been abandoned in a basket under the grape arbor.
arbor = framework that supports climbing plants
From page 75.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of arbor means:
a framework that supports climbing plants; or a shady rest area made by such a framework or by trees and shrubs
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.75.2
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compose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
compose a poem
Compose sonnets?
compose = write
From page 85  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.54.9
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concur
1 use
  "I never realized it would be so simple," said the king, stroking his beard and smiling broadly.
  "Quite simple indeed," concurred the bug.
concurred = agreed
From page 97.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of concur means:
to agree
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.97.9
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consensus
1 use
Many people thought it was the weather, and others blamed the moon, but the general consensus of opinion held that the trouble began at the time that Rhyme and Reason were banished.
consensus = generally agreed upon understanding
From page 148.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally consensus means:
agreement by a group as a whole
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12, p.148.9
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engage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
engage in conversation
Sacks and boxes were piled high waiting to be delivered to the ships that sailed the Sea of Knowledge, and off to one side a group of minstrels sang songs to the delight of those either too young or too old to engage in trade.
engage = get involved
From page 45.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.45.7
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engrossed
1 use
But Milo was too engrossed in the circus to notice,
engrossed = with all attention focused
From page 229.5  Typical Usage
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18, p.229.5
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evaluate
1 use
"That is quite an accurate evaluation of the situation," said the voice coldly "Then why did you help us at all?" shouted Milo angrily.
evaluation = analysis and judgment

(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 215.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17, p.215.7
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indignant
3 uses
"That's a ridiculous law," said Milo, quite indignantly.
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
From page 26  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2, p.26
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nimble
1 use
As they argued, a most peculiar little figure stepped nimbly from behind the sign and approached them, talking all the while.
nimbly = quickly and easily
From page 172.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.172.2
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ordinance
4 uses
Opening the book again, Milo found Ordinance 574381-W "In the Doldrums, laughter is frowned upon and smiling is permitted only on alternate Thursdays."
ordinance = a rule or law — typically enacted by city government
From page 26.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.24.8
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pandemonium
1 use
"So, wherever the noise is, that's where you'll find me," said the DYNNE with an appreciative smile; "and I must hurry along, for I understand that today there's to be a screech, several loud crashes, and a bit of pandemonium."
pandemonium = a state of noisy confusion and disorder
From page 143.3  Typical Usage
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.143.3
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plummet
1 use
The road, finally making up its mind, plummeted down, as if anxious to renew acquaintance with the sparkling blue stream that flowed below.
plummeted = fall or decrease suddenly
From page 132.7  Typical Usage
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.132.7
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prosper
1 use
Despite this, their own kingdoms have continued to prosper, but the old city of Wisdom has fallen into great disrepair, and there is no one to set things right.
prosper = do well
From page 77.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally prosper means:
to do well or to grow stronger
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.77.9
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prosperous
1 use
So each spring he set forth with his army and each autumn he returned, and year by year the kingdom grew larger and more prosperous.
prosperous = successful
From page 73.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally prosperous means:
successful or good — especially with regard to finances or wealth
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.73.9
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pungent
1 use
A sweet yet pungent aroma hung in the air and drifted easily from one anxious nose to the other, stopping only long enough to make several mouths water and a few stomachs growl.
pungent = strong
From page 184.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally pungent means:
strong smelling or tasting

or much more rarely: anything sharp, painful, or penetrating — physically or emotionally
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.184.3
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
But above all the noise and tumult of the crowd could be heard the merchants' voices loudly advertising their products.†
tumult = disturbance
From page 45.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.45.7
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