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assert   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record of crime.
asserts = says
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.17.7
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2  —2 uses as in:
asserted her authority
She says women should assert themselves more.
assert = be forceful in exercising influence or rights
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to be forceful in exercising influence or rights
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.18.1
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conscientious
3 uses
She is conscientious in the lab.
conscientious = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally conscientious means:
careful to do what is right—especially to perform duties in a thorough manner (as when guided by conscience)
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.87.5
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contingency
2 uses
I was prepared for that contingency.
contingency = something that might happen
DefinitionGenerally contingency means:
something that might happen — especially something that it is hoped will not happen

or more rarely:

something available in case of an event — especially an event that it is hoped will not occur
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.100.5
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corroborate
2 uses
The detectives looked for evidence to corroborate her story.
corroborate = support
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1, p.19.7
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desolate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
felt desolate
I heard a low desolate wail.
desolate = very sad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of desolate means:
sad or miserable—and often lonely
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.9.8
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dismal
2 uses
The coach will probably be replaced after such a dismal year.
dismal = terrible
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.127.6
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elaborate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
an elaborate design
It's part of her elaborate plan for getting accepted at Harvard.
elaborate = complicated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.33.9
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2  —1 use as in:
an elaborate wink
He gave her a slow elaborate wink.
elaborate = exaggerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.48.5
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grotesque
6 uses
She was wearing a grotesque mask that was quite disturbing.
grotesque = distorted or ugly
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.23.3
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haughty
4 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.28.9
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imply
2 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2, p.32.4
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inquest
2 uses
The coroner's inquest ruled the death a homicide.
inquest = formal inquiry or investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquest means:
a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an undesirable event — often an investigation of an unexpected death
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.136.1
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paternal
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
paternal attitude
The City Council means well, but they are too paternal. Adults should be allowed to make more of their own decisions without having to leave town.
paternal = the way a father would treat a young child
DefinitionGenerally this sense of paternal means:
kindness and concern like that of a father — sometimes implying that it is overly intrusive
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.5
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portentous
2 uses
It is a portentous day for the space program.
portentous = important
DefinitionGenerally portentous means:
very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.127.5
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precipitate
1 use
1  —1 use
(adj) as in: a precipitate decision
Think about this. Don't make a precipitate decision.
precipitate = sudden (without adequate thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 7, p.125.2
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saunter
3 uses
It was pleasant to saunter lazily through the park.
saunter = walk leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.24.5
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sensuous
3 uses
She claims the tango as the most sensuous of dance forms.
sensuous = pleasing to the physical senses (sexy)
DefinitionGenerally sensuous means:
relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.25.9
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solidarity
1 use
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
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9, p.165.9
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transcendent
1 use
Hearing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah was a transcendent experience for me.
transcendent = beyond the ordinary range of human experience or understanding
DefinitionGenerally transcendent means:
beyond the ordinary range of human experience or understanding

or:

surpassing usual limits of excellence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.23.4
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