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abject
8 uses
She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn't know it.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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avert
11 uses
We are trying to avert a strike.
avert = prevent
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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caustic
1 use
Don't get it on your skin. It's caustic.
caustic = harsh or capable of hurting skin (like a strong acid)
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use 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.)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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delta
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
delta wing aircraft
The aircraft uses a delta wing configuration.
delta = shaped like the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (a triangle)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet; or an object shaped like its capital form (like an equilateral triangle)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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embryo
35 uses
The doctor implanted multiple embryos to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
embryos = a human in the first eight weeks of pregnancy
DefinitionGenerally embryo means:
an animal organism in the early stages of growth; in humans the first eight weeks of pregnancy (prior to the fetal stage)
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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flaccid
1 use
His flaccid handshake, didn't fill me with confidence.
flaccid = lacking firmness or strength
DefinitionGenerally flaccid means:
lacking in firmness or strength
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
solidarity
13 uses
The incident threatens Arab solidarity.
solidarity = agreement and mutual support
DefinitionGenerally solidarity means:
a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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superfluous
2 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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surrogate
27 uses
The candidate stays positive by using surrogates to attack his opponent.
surrogates = someone (or something) taking the place of another
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
synthetic
24 uses
The couch is covered with synthetic leather.
synthetic = artificial (man-made rather than natural)
DefinitionGenerally synthetic means:
artificial (man-made rather than natural)

or more rarely:

apparent, but not genuine
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
vivacious
2 uses
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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