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Great Expectations
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acquisition
2 uses
From the fifth grade onward, most vocabulary acquisition occurs incidentally while reading.
acquisition = to get possession of
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 23
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avenge
4 uses
In the story, she wants to avenge the murder of her brother.
avenge = take revenge for
DefinitionGenerally avenge means:
take revenge for a perceived wrong
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
3 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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candid
2 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 8
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complacent
3 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 31
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desist
1 use
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53
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grindstone
1 use
Do you have a grindstone to sharpen the knife?
grindstone = a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish
DefinitionGenerally grindstone means:
a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish

or:

work — as in the expressions "back to the grindstone" (back to work) or "keep your nose to the grindstone" (keep working hard)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use 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
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use 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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 40
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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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 19
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obstinate
7 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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penitent
10 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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prodigal
1 use
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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querulous
1 use
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55
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remonstrate
11 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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servile
3 uses
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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subsequent
3 uses
Her guess was proven right by subsequent developments.
subsequent = following
DefinitionGenerally subsequent means:
following something else
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
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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
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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wretch
6 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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