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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I can't abide her continual complaints.
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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archbishop
2 uses
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the principal leader of the Church of England.
archbishop = a bishop of highest rank (in charge of other bishops and churches)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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audible
1 use
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dispute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
their border dispute
The area has long been a source of dispute between India and Pakistan.
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 8
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earnest
2 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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entangled
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
entangled in the branches
like a fly entangled in a spider web
entangled = caught in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of entangled means:
caught in

or:

twisted together into a confusing mass
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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grave
6 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book6 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
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inclined
1 use
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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
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indignant
5 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 5
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inquisitive
1 use
She is an inquisitive child who always asks questions.
inquisitive = inclined to try to learn about things
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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latitude
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
latitude and longitude
They estimate the satellite will fall at about 50 north latitude.
latitude = a measure of north/south (relative to the equator) on the earth — calculated by using imaginary horizontal circles on the surface of the earth that are parallel to the equator
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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melancholy
6 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
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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oblige
3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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persist
2 uses
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Some call Warren Buffett the "Sage of Omaha".
sage = someone known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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serpent
12 uses
a picture of a serpent eating its tail
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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solemn
7 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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suppress
5 uses
The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
suppressed = kept or tried to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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