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A Tale of Two Cities

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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.14
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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
She doesn't yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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denounce
20 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book3 uses
Library56 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.5
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.21
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
engender
5 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.10
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.6
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.19
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Monsieur
126 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book126 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 12 uses
1  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.23
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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3.1
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3  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.12
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unquizzed meaning  —6 uses
passage
2 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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remonstrate
6 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.3
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sagacious
4 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.15
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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