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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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condescending
1 use
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use 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
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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deride
4 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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diversity
1 use
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 34
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate wink
He gave her a slow elaborate wink.
elaborate = exaggerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 28
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elated
1 use
The elated winner couldn't stop smiling.
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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extricate
1 use
She was caught in the wreckage and could not extricate herself without help.
extricate = free
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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forage
1 use
forage for firewood
forage = searched for and gathered
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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forbearance
1 use
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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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formidable
3 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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furtive
1 use
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)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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obstinate
2 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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pious
5 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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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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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 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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prodigious
3 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 32
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