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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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ambiguous
2 uses
Her answer was ambiguous.
ambiguous = unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
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bulwark
10 uses
It is a bulwark against storms.
bulwark = something that offers protection
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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Book10 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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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Library4 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
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 34
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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ebb
10 uses
The patient's strength ebbed away.
ebbed = gradually declined
DefinitionGenerally ebb means:
decline — typically gradually as with the height of the tide
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 28
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extricate
1 use
She was caught in the wreckage and could not extricate herself without help.
extricate = release from entanglement or difficulty
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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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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Library1 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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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incongruous
2 uses
incongruous behavior
incongruous = out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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obsequious
1 use
In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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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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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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plateau
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found on the plateau
The plateau is about half a mile above sea level.
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 32
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