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anxiety
2 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 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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Book1 use
Library4 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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conjure
2 uses
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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consequence
3 uses
1  —3 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 (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
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
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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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 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
indignant
4 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
Book4 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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inquire
4 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
melancholy
4 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
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use 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
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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provoke
7 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
scorn
2 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = treated with disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
solemn
5 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
trifle with
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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