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apprehensive
8 uses
Thomas looked apprehensive.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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baptism
10 uses
Baptized both of you in the irrigation ditch at once.
baptized = "spiritually renewed" in a Christian ceremony
DefinitionGenerally baptism means:
a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

or:

a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
...and the storekeepers hated them because they had no money to spend. There is no shorter path to a store-keeper's contempt,
contempt = disrespect with dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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contract   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
Well, this here fella's got a contract to pick them peaches or chop that cotton.
contract = legal agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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2  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
The house cracked loudly as the cooler night air contracted the wood.
contracted = shrank

(editor's note:  Wood, like most materials, gets a little smaller as it cools.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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cultivate
7 uses
the land was cultivated.
cultivated = ready for growing crops
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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culvert
11 uses
In the gray starlight she could see the embankment and the black round hole of the culvert where she always left Tom's food.
culvert = a pipe that carries runoff water beneath something
DefinitionGenerally culvert means:
a pipe or other enclosed channel that carries runoff water beneath a road, railroad, or sidewalk
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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implement
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a small implement
And the men in the seat were tired and angry and sad, for they had got eighteen dollars for every movable thing from the farm: the horses, the wagon, the implements, and all the furniture from the house.
implements = small tools and other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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listless
6 uses
The old eyes turned listlessly to him.
listlessly = with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally listless means:
lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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obscure
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The black barn was nearly obscured by the rain.
obscured = hidden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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parole
17 uses
If they raised a stink, they'd get sent back for breakin' parole.
parole = things they promised to do in return for early release from imprisonment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of parole means:
conditional early release from imprisonment in which a person is required to comply with special conditions
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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pauper
5 uses
You got to report a death, an' when you do that, they either take forty dollars for the undertaker or they take him for a pauper.
pauper = someone who is very poor
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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perplex
5 uses
The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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protrude
7 uses
Al pointed to a big nail protruding from the flat casing.
protruding = sticking out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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revere
3 uses
Jessie's voice became almost reverential.
reverential = with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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squatter
11 uses
Last night a band of citizens, infuriated at the agitation going on in a local squatters' camp, burned the tents to the ground and warned agitators to get out of the county.
squatters = people who live in an unoccupied place without the legal right
DefinitionGenerally squatter means:
someone who lives in an unoccupied place without the legal right
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sullen
22 uses
Connie's eyes were sullen.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood
DefinitionGenerally sullen means:
showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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tone
19 uses
The questions of the driver had the tone of a subtle examination.
tone = general feel
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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vagrant
7 uses
You know a vagrant is anybody a cop don't like.
vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job (in this case, indicating violation of the then legal definition of vagrant which was a violation of the law)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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wizened
8 uses
The wizened face looked in again.
wizened = lean and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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