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apprehensive
8 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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baptism
10 uses
She was baptized at the same church as her grandmother.
baptized = "spiritually renewed" in a Christian ceremony
DefinitionGenerally baptism means:
a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

or:

a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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 26
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contract   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
She signed the contract.
contract = a written agreement that is enforceable by law
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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2  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
When it is cold, the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
contracts = gets shorter or smaller
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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cultivate
7 uses
We encourage our representatives to cultivate a close relationship with their clients.
cultivate = develop or grow
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development — such as:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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culvert
11 uses
I spent the night in a culvert beneath the road.
culvert = an enclosed channel that carries runoff water beneath something
DefinitionGenerally culvert means:
a pipe or other enclosed channel that carries runoff water beneath a road, railroad, or sidewalk
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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grave
4 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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listless
6 uses
She was listless and bored.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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migrant
17 uses
Her parents were migrant farm workers.
migrant = moving from one place to another — often seasonally
DefinitionGenerally migrant means:
a person (or animal) that moves from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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parole
17 uses
Being home by 10 pm is one of the conditions of my parole.
parole = conditional early release from imprisonment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of parole means:
conditional early release from imprisonment in which a person is required to comply with special conditions
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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pauper
5 uses
I want to go to a college where the loans won't leave me feeling like a pauper-in-waiting.
pauper = someone who is very poor
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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proprietor
17 uses
After 40 years of greeting guests in person, the proprietor is retiring.
proprietor = the owner of a business
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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protrude
7 uses
Metal spikes protrude from the dog's collar.
protrude = stick out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
restive
5 uses
Employees became restive as management grew increasingly more demanding.
restive = uneasy, impatient, and difficult to control
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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squatter
11 uses
She estimates that there are over a billion squatters in the world.
squatters = people who live in an unoccupied place without the legal right
DefinitionGenerally squatter means:
someone who lives in an unoccupied place without the legal right
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sullen
22 uses
She changed from outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Book22 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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tone
19 uses
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
tone = general feeling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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vagrant
7 uses
She says the American hobo has nearly died out and that today's developed world is hard on vagrants in general.
vagrants = people who are poor and have no regular home or job
DefinitionGenerally vagrant means:
someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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wizened
8 uses
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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