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The Merchant of Venice
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allay
2 uses
They have tried to allay fears by saying their weapons are of a defensive nature.
allay = reduced the intensity of
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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1st useScene 2.2
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amity
2 uses
If we cannot be close friends, we can at least live in amity.
amity = a state of friendly relations
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1st useScene 3.2
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bereft
1 use
She is bereft of hope.
bereft = lacking something desired; or saddened by a loss
DefinitionGenerally bereft means:
lacking something that is desired

or:

suffered great sadness because of loss or lack of something expected or strongly desired

or:

deprived (taken away something that is desired)
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beseech
7 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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bound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
bound together
The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 5.1
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2  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
bound = tied together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
tied up, prevented, or required
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.1
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commend
7 uses
I commend you for a good job.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use 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
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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2  —4 uses 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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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.1
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3  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.7
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4  —2 uses 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
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.4
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 1.3
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entreat
5 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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flourish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
She entered with a great flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useScene 3.2
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forfeit
11 uses
We had to forfeit the deposit.
forfeit = to lose or surrender something — often as a penalty
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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notwithstanding
3 uses
Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
notwithstanding = in spite of (In this case, my fear does not withstand my desire to try parachuting. My desire is stronger than my fear.) (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book3 uses
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1st useScene 1.3
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prodigal
5 uses
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.1
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
The class was equally interesting and rigorous.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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1st useScene 4.1
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