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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
an advocate in court
She is a U.S. Army judge advocate.
advocate = a lawyer for the military
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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censure
15 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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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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conjecture
27 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
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Book27 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses 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 useChapter 3
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = arranged or positioned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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disposition
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
strategic troop disposition
They met to discuss the best disposition of border control agents along the southern border.
disposition = positioning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
He welcomed them with a florid bow and greeting.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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forbearance
22 uses
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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Book22 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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passage
5 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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pedantic
1 use
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
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1st useChapter 4
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book3 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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prodigious
23 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book23 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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simile
1 use
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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