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acquiesce
1 use
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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allude
13 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7
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amiable
6 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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astute
1 use
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
astute = smart and perceptive
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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candid
3 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 15
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 13
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
She signed the contract.
contract = a written agreement that is enforceable by law
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 13
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corroborate
1 use
The detectives looked for evidence to corroborate her story.
corroborate = support
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 8
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deprecate
1 use
I want to acknowledge her contribution without deprecating that of others.
deprecating = belittling (minimizing or diminishing the value of)

or:

expressing disapproval of
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to belittle (diminish the value of) or express disapproval of something
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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diffident
2 uses
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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diligent
2 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = to extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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dubious
3 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
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Dublin
40 uses
Dublin has a rich history and was recently ranked among the top-25 global financial centers.
Dublin = capital, largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
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Book40 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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furtive
3 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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incredulous
2 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 15
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mitigate
1 use
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 14
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pious
6 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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