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abrupt
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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appropriate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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assert   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
asserts = says (that something is true — especially something disputed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I assume it's true
I assume she was at school today, but I don't remember actually seeing her.
assume = accept as true (without really knowing for sure)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —4 uses as in:
She assumed a false identity
She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
assumed = took on (or adopted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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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)
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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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
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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contempt
7 uses
1  —7 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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discreet
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
I leave my phone on silent mode, so it can alert me discreetly when I receive a text message.
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
their border dispute
The area has long been a source of dispute between India and Pakistan.
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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incessant
9 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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incredulous
8 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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sensuous
3 uses
I made the bed with sensuous silk sheets.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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sinister
4 uses
They created a sinister plan to recruit terrorists.
sinister = evil
DefinitionGenerally sinister means:
evil or harmful; or making an evil or frightening impression
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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