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A Christmas Carol
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adapt
1 use
Ideas contained in passages for this test, some of which are excerpted or adapted from published material, do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board.
adapted = changed (to fit this situation)
DefinitionGenerally adapt means:
change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 2
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avarice
2 uses
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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blithe
3 uses
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
blithe = carefree and happy
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1st useChapter 5
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comprehensive
2 uses
Her insurance includes comprehensive coverage.
comprehensive = including everything
DefinitionGenerally comprehensive means:
including everything or everything important
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dismal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a dismal expression
It was a dark and dismal night.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
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endeavor
7 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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forbearance
2 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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foreshadow
1 use
The author is known for creative use of foreshadowing.
foreshadowing = using events as signs of future events
DefinitionGenerally foreshadow means:
to be a sign of future events
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SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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latent
2 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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melancholy
4 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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notwithstanding
3 uses
Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
notwithstanding = in spite of (In this case, my fear does not withstand my desire to try parachuting. My desire is stronger than my fear.) (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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revere
3 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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specter
12 uses
It aroused specters from her past.
specters = a mental image of something frightening or disturbing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of specter means:
a mental image of something frightening or disturbing

or:

a ghostly appearing image
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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