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The Taming of the Shrew

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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amiable
1 use
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.2
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 4.4
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beguile
3 uses
Few men could remain detached while looking into her beguiling eyes.
beguiling = enchanting; or enchanting and deceptive
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 0.2
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construe
2 uses
The executive branch does not construe the provision as requiring it to share additional information with Congress.
construe = interpret
DefinitionGenerally construe means:
to interpret (understand) something as have a specific meaning
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = clever and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 0.1
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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1st useScene 3.2
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diligent
1 use
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 4.3
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disdain
2 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 4.2
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dowry
7 uses
She was given her inheritance in the form of a dowry.
dowry = money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage
DefinitionGenerally dowry means:
in some societies, money or property given by a woman's family to the husband at marriage

or less formally: money or property a bride brings to a marriage
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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engender
1 use
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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1st useScene 4.1
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entreat
14 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book14 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.2
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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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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forswear
6 uses
The group has forsworn terrorism in favor of negotiating an end to the conflict.
forsworn = renounced or disavowed
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
patron = someone who contributes money to an organization
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 2.1
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 1.1
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3  —1 use as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = settled or solved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 4.2
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