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apprehend
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
She doesn't yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book4 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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2  —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
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 8
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censure
3 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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5
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complacent
8 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 1
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contempt
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book22 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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
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1st usePart 5
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 3
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incessant
10 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5
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obstinate
13 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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philanthropy
5 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent jaw
The skull resembles that of modern humans, but was smaller with a sloped forehead, larger teeth, and a prominent jaw.
prominent = protruding (sticking out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
sticking out and easily noticed
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 8
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reprehensible
2 uses
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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resolute
39 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Book39 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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scrutiny
13 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 2
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —5 uses 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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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 3
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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
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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