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apprehensive
8 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
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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belligerent
3 uses
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library8 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
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Book1 use
Library12 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 metal in the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
contracts = gets shorter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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cultivate
6 uses
We encourage our representatives to cultivate a close relationship with their clients.
cultivate = develop or grow
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • 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
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Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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implement
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a small implement
They found a skeleton along with a number of implements belonging to the Stone Age.
implements = small tools or other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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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 for work
DefinitionGenerally migrant means:
a person (or animal) that moves from one place to another — sometimes seasonally — sometimes for work
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Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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obscure
4 uses
1  —4 uses 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
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10
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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
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Book17 uses
Library5 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 = person who is very poor
DefinitionGenerally pauper means:
someone who is very poor
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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perplex
5 uses
She was perplexed by the rules of the game.
perplexed = confused
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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
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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
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
She changed from a happy, outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = unhappy and withdrawn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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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 1000
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
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Book7 uses
Library1 use 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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