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acquire
2 uses
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
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albeit
1 use
She is just a person, albeit a very powerful person.
albeit = although
DefinitionGenerally albeit means:
although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces or modifies the effect of what preceded it)
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anxiety
1 use
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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arduous
1 use
She undertook the arduous work of caring for twins.
arduous = difficult
DefinitionGenerally arduous means:
difficult  — especially requiring great effort over an extended period of time
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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assail
1 use
Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
assailed = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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comprehend
2 uses
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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contrast
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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deranged
1 use
She has a deranged mind.
deranged = mentally imbalanced
DefinitionGenerally deranged means:
mentally imbalanced — often temporarily due to anger
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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dissuade
2 uses
The ad features a woman dying of lung throat cancer in an attempt to dissuade people from starting to smoke cigarettes.
dissuade = persuade someone not to do something
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dominate
1 use
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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earnest
1 use
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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moreover
2 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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nonetheless
4 uses
Sometimes she gets angry and loses her temper, but I love her nonetheless.
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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reproach
3 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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resolve
1 use
1  —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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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sufficient
2 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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