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bound   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 12 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
south-bound lanes
There was an accident in the south-bound lanes.
bound = travelling (in that direction)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —5 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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3  —1 use as in:
bound together
The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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4  —2 uses as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
bound = tied together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to be constrained in some way — such as tied up, prevented, required, or obligated
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "Her wrists were bound." — tied up
  • "I am bound by my word." — required or obligated (in this case to keep a promise)
  • "It is a binding contract." — must be obeyed (The people who signed the contract are legally required to do what it says or suffer legal penalties.)
  • "He is muscle bound." — prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
Web Links
5  —1 use as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
She's the sort of person who bounds out of bed in the morning and runs five miles before starting her day.
bounds = jumps
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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brash
5 uses
A brash newcomer wants to change the way the club operates.
brash = bold or self-confident in a manner that seems disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of brash means:
bold or self-confident in a manner that seems disrespectful or tasteless
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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cavort
4 uses
The puppies cavorted in the basket.
cavorted = played in a lively, unrestrained manner
DefinitionGenerally cavort means:
to play in a lively, unrestrained manner — typically with someone — sometimes implying sexual play
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use 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
Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 37
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disposition
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood or typical way of behaving
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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feud
7 uses
Perhaps the most famous American family feud was between the Hatfields and McCoys.
feud = a bitter, long-standing fight
DefinitionGenerally feud means:
a bitter, long-standing fight between two parties; or describing such a fight
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
fidget
6 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
to make small restless movements
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
Web Links
fraudulent
21 uses
She stole money by filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
fraudulent = intended to deceive
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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inscribe
9 uses
The ring was inscribed with these words...
inscribed = written upon
DefinitionGenerally inscribe means:
to write
in various senses, including:
  • to write, carve, or etch words onto something's surface — as in "The names of the major donors will be inscribed on the front wall."
  • to write a signed message and/or signature — as in "She inscribed the book with the message: I know this story will speak to your heart. Love Emma"
  • to write down something when adding it to a list — as in "Their names were inscribed in the register of at Ellis Island."
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
Web Links
providence
9 uses
On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.
providence = luck; or God's plan
DefinitionGenerally this sense of providence means:
resulting from God's intervention or plan; or lucky — especially with regard to when something happened
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sober   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
a sobering thought
It's sobering to think that more Americans die from opioid abuse than in car accidents.
sobering = makes one serious about an issue
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sobering means:
serious; or making one serious or calm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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soliloquy
3 uses
Perhaps the best known soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in Hamlet:  "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself
DefinitionGenerally soliloquy means:
a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
sublime
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she is sublime
I love good movies, from the silly to the sublime.
sublime = impressively wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sublime means:
impressively wonderful — often beautiful or morally admirable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
temperance
3 uses
The temperance movement led to Prohibition which completely outlawed the drinking of alcohol.
temperance = the belief that alcohol should not be drunk at all because it is harmful
DefinitionGenerally temperance means:
not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful

or:

moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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