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apprehend
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the criminal
Police are determined to apprehend the murderer.
apprehend = catch and arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 5.3
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banish
29 uses
He was banished from his own country.
banished = expelled (forced to leave)
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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Book29 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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beseech
7 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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chide
5 uses
She constantly chides me for my grammar.
chides = corrects or criticizes
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.3
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consort
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
consort together
She consorts with criminals.
consorts = spends leisure time with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consort means:
spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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devise
3 uses
She plans to devise something to launch water balloons.
devise = come up with (invent or create)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devise means:
to come up with a way of doing something — typically a creative idea or plan
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 2.4
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.3
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2  —2 uses as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.5
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useScene 3.3
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Don't dwell on the past.
dwell = think or talk about something longer than seems appropriate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 2.2
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2  —3 uses as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 5.1
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exile
6 uses
She fled Tibet and is living in exile in India.
exile = having to live outside one's home country
DefinitionGenerally exile means:
to force someone to live outside of their home country; or living in such a condition

or more rarely:  voluntary absence from one's own country
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Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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frayed
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
into the fray
I'm hesitant to join the political fray.
fray = the fight or struggle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fray means:
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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lament
8 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book8 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 2.4
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loathe
5 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.6
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mortal
5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
scorn
5 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = treated with disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 1.1
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warrant
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
I warrant it
I warrant the material is original.
warrant = promise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of warrant means:
to promise, guarantee, or indicate certainty of something

(seldom used today, but common in classic literature)
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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writ
7 uses
Her attorney filed for a writ of habeas corpus.
writ = an order issued by a court or judicial officer
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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