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The Great Gatsby

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adapt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
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adapted = changed (to fit this situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.178.1
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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)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.45
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consequence
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.1.4
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.11.3
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.7.4
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.168.3
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2, p.26.9
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determine   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
determine the truth
They are working to determine the cause of the accident.
determine = learn or discover
DefinitionGenerally this sense of determine means:
to learn, discover, or officially decide
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.20.8
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2  —4 uses as in:
is determined to succeed
I'm determined to become a lawyer.
determined = firmly planning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of determined means:
firm in purpose
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.24.7
3  —1 use as in:
I determined what to do
I determined to prolong my holiday.
determined = decided

(editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of determine means:
decide
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Book1 use
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6, p.103.2
direct
5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.161.9
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unquizzed meaning  —4 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.26.9
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elude   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she eluded the police
The thief eluded the police
eluded = avoided (got away from)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach
in various senses, including:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • "She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home."
  • "Success has eluded me."
  • "She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.50.9
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2  —3 uses as in:
your point eludes me
What you are seeing in her eludes me.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understand)
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.50
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incessant
9 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.135.6
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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, p.10.9
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phenomenon
1 use
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.5.3
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.13.1
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2  —5 uses as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.101.8
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scorn
6 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4, p.80.8
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