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Through the Looking-Glass
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beckon
2 uses
I should be studying, but television beckons me.
beckons = calls (in this case by being desirable and inviting)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to summon (call to join) with a gesture, or to be desirable and inviting
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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beseech
1 use
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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bewilder
2 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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despair
2 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book2 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
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diligent
1 use
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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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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dismay
2 uses
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = feel sad, disappointed, or worried — typically in response to something surprising
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gyroscope
1 use
The gyroscopes enable us to maintain precise orientation while digging the tunnel.
gyroscopes = rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
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Book1 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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hobbled
2 uses
The blizzard killed dozens, cut power and hobbled transport.
hobbled = hampered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hobbled means:
hampered the action or progress of

or:

walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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impertinent
1 use
It was impertinent of the child to lecture a grownup.
impertinent = rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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ingenuity
1 use
He exercised great ingenuity in making excuses for missing class.
ingenuity = cleverness (the ability to use intelligence and creativity)
DefinitionGenerally ingenuity means:
the ability to solve problems in smart creative ways
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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lithe
2 uses
The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
lithe = moving and bending with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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perplex
1 use
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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plaintive
1 use
She asked in a plaintive voice.
plaintive = expressing sadness or pleading
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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ponder
1 use
The question the audience is left to ponder is...
ponder = think deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pretense
1 use
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book1 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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retort
1 use
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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saunter
1 use
It was pleasant to saunter lazily through the park.
saunter = walk leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wither
1 use
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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