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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
According to Harrison School superintendent Dr. A. Seymour, there is no rule against singing the anthem.†
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 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
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Book3 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.92.61
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acknowledge
2 uses
STEWART: But you do acknowledge that you sent him from your room?†
acknowledge = recognize
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
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Book2 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4, p.13.19
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albeit
1 use
When requested by Miss Narwin—on the first occasion—to cease, Philip Malloy did so. albeit reluctantly.†
albeit = although
DefinitionGenerally albeit means:
although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces or modifies the effect of what preceded it)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15, p.128.82
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Andrew Jackson
1 use
DR. DOANE: In 1767, Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, was born.†
Andrew Jackson = 7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.6.51
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
It should be noted that Philip Malloy was reported to show inappropriate behavior in his regular English classes with Miss Narwin.†
inappropriate = unsuitable (not fitting) for a particular situation

(editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inappropriate means not and reverses the meaning of appropriate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15, p.120.78
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colleague
2 uses
Dear Colleagues: As I am sure you are well aware, the April 5 municipal elections will have voters—for the second time—casting ballots on the school budget.†
colleagues = fellow workers — especially in a respected profession such as teaching, medicine, or law
DefinitionGenerally colleague means:
fellow worker — especially in a respected profession such as teaching, medicine, or law
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.16.22
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commotion
1 use
To make a commotion.†
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.117.74
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compel
1 use
Then Joe Palleni (assistant principal) felt compelled to suspend him for a bit, something I never believe is productive.†
compelled = forced; or (more rarely) convinced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12, p.78.49
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condone
3 uses
It should not be condoned!†
condoned = accepted without criticism; or approved of
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
accept without criticism; or approve of
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.136.26
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controversial
1 use
If, by chance, any controversial issue springs up between now and election day, I would very much appreciate being informed as to the particulars.†
controversial = tending to arouse strong disagreement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.17.22
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dismay
1 use
As a teacher in the Dayton, Ohio, school system for ten years, I am dismayed and horrified that in this day and age a colleague of mine should suspend a student from school for singing the national anthem.†
dismayed = to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.140.62
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estimate
1 use
MR. MALLOY: Some job estimate that went wrong.†
estimate = a rough calculation or guess of a value, quantity, or extent of something
DefinitionGenerally estimate means:
rough calculation or judgment
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11, p.56.29
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indicate
5 uses
There are strong indications that he was acting out some personal animosity toward the teacher in question for reasons unknown.†
indications = things that serve as signs to show other things
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Book5 uses
Library38 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 15, p.132.40
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inquiry
1 use
But before I go off half-cocked, let me make some further inquiries and then get back to you.†
inquiries = questions or investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15, p.109.18
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insolent
1 use
MISS NARWIN: Philip, stop this insolence!†
insolence = rude disrespectful behavior or action
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.50.19
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novel
1 use
Question four: What is the significance of Jack London's choice in making Buck, the dog in The Call of the Wild, the focus of his novel?†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4, p.12.23
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prudent
1 use
The budget is fiscally prudent, and I, for one, support it.†
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.166.5
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relevant
1 use
MR. MALLOY: That's not exactly relevant!†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12, p.79.95
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Shakespeare
5 uses
MISS NARWIN: Now, class, during the first few weeks of this new term well be reading William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.†
William Shakespeare = author widely regarded as the greatest in the English language and whose works include Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Shakespeare means:
English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language and who wrote such words as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (1564-1616)
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Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.24.77
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suppress
1 use
On behalf of our membership we strongly condemn your suppression of patriotism in the American School System.†
suppression = the act of trying to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.130.29
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