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Emma
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acquaint
33 uses
You should acquaint yourself with the new computer program.
acquaint = cause to know better
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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acquiesce
6 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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amiable
36 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
Word Statistics
Book36 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 32 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book16 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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2  —16 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.5-6
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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)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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forbearance
8 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
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses 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
Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.5-6
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3.17-18
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insipid
1 use
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11-12
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 111 uses
1  —55 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
Book55 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
Web Links
2  —34 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
Web Links
3  —22 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
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prudent
8 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9-10
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 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
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.17-18
Web Links
2  —2 uses 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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.15-16
Web Links
sanguine
8 uses
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1-2
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