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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.14
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assiduous
1 use
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.16
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.13
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 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
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.22
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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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engender
5 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
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
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Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
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
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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:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "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   (4 meanings)
4 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 1000
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 1000
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 1000
1st useChapter 2.12
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4  —6 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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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 = argue in protest or opposition
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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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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ubiquitous
2 uses
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere or all the time
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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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
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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
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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