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acquisition
2 uses
From the fifth grade onward, most vocabulary acquisition occurs incidentally while reading.
acquisition = to get possession of
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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aversion
14 uses
Our older staff tend to have an aversion to change.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
correspond = are equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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1st useChapter 17
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desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useChapter 3
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entreat
17 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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insipid
1 use
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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1st useChapter 14
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interloper
1 use
All the new settlers made him feel like an interloper in the country of his fathers.
interloper = someone who intrudes or encroaches (inserts himself without invitation)
DefinitionGenerally interloper means:
someone or something that, without invitation, inserts itself — such as an uninvited guest at a party or a species that invades non-native territory
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1st useChapter 4
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —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 13
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obstinate
9 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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perspicacity
1 use
Such legislation would require perspicacity all too rare in the congress.
perspicacity = intelligence
DefinitionGenerally perspicacity means:
intelligence — especially the ability to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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petulant
5 uses
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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querulous
1 use
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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1st useChapter 3
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 2
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subsequent
4 uses
Her guess was proven right by subsequent developments.
subsequent = following
DefinitionGenerally subsequent means:
following something else
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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1st useChapter 26
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vex
17 uses
It is a vexing problem.
vexing = annoying
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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