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ameliorate
1 use
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book1 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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amiable
14 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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compensate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
he compensates with extra effort
She uses several techniques to help compensate for her dyslexia.
compensate = make up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compensate means:
make up for; or adjust for
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 6
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conjecture
12 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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contrast
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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despondent
12 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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elude
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
he eluded the police
The thief eluded the police
eluded = avoided (got away from)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach — as in:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home.
  • Success has eluded me so far.
  • She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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entreat
18 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book18 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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epithet
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
racial epithet
Both sides are hurling the Nazi epithet.
epithet = an insulting or abusive word or phrase
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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implement
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a small implement
They found a skeleton along with a number of implements belonging to the Stone Age era.
implements = small tools or other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 14
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innumerable
5 uses
She has been the target of innumerable investigations.
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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obscure   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 10 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 23
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2  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 9
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3  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 14
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4  —2 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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penury
2 uses
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sagacious
2 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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transitory
4 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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vacillate
1 use
She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
vacillate = to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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