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agitate
72 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
Word Statistics
Book72 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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anxiety
24 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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Book24 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.5
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apparent
56 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book56 uses
Library60 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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censure
2 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.10
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conciliatory
3 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.4
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consequence
13 uses
1  —9 uses 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)
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Book9 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.1
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unquizzed meaning  —4 uses
depravity
2 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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deride
1 use
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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ephemeral
1 use
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.16
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grave
10 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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indignant
38 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book38 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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innate
3 uses
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.9
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inquire
34 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book34 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.12
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
It was nominally written by the artist, but everyone suspects a ghostwriter did the bulk of the work.
nominally = in name only
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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recollect
49 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book49 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.6
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repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.5
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torment
38 uses
She enjoys tormenting others.
tormenting = causing great mental or physical suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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Book38 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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venerate
1 use
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.7
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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