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augment
8 uses
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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daunt
8 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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disdain
34 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book34 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 6
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divine
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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emulate
6 uses
It wasn't just that she copied her older sister's hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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forbearance
7 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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forsake
41 uses
The country must forsake terrorism as a political instrument.
forsake = abandon or give up
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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Book41 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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haughty
31 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book31 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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impetuous
9 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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lament
19 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book19 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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mortal   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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2  —1 use as in:
a mortal wound
Have the detectives determined who struck the mortal blow?
mortal = causing death
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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3  —1 use as in:
felt mortal agony
She was in mortal fear of seeing him.
mortal = extreme or intense
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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pious
62 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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Book62 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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sustain   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
sustained = continued through time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 4
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3  —1 use as in:
sustained wounds
Every building within a two miles of the center of the earthquake sustained damage.
sustained = suffered from
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 10
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zeal
7 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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