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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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candid
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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conjecture
30 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 81 uses
1  —69 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)
Word Statistics
Book69 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —12 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
It takes longer for babies to learn to voice back-of-the-mouth consonants (like k) than front-of-the-mouth consonants (like p).
consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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indulgent
21 uses
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 84 uses
1  —44 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book44 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —20 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
3  —20 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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pedantic
2 uses
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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prodigal
2 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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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rectify
2 uses
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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remonstrate
23 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
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Book23 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses 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)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePrel
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waive
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
waive the discussion
Let's waive discussion on the topic until she can join us.
waive = not engage in
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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