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apprehend
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
This feeling was now even stronger than before; even less than before did he feel capable of apprehending the meaning of death, and its inevitability rose up before him more terrible than ever.†
apprehending = understanding
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
Instinctively feeling the approach of spring, and knowing that there would be days of rough weather too, she built her nest as best she could, and was in haste at the same time to build it and to learn how to do it.†
approach = coming
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
After that, with an irrepressible smile of tenderness, Kitty recalled her husband's shamefaced embarrassment, his repeated awkward efforts to approach the subject, and how at last, having thought of the one means of helping Dolly without wounding her pride, he had suggested to Kitty—what had not occurred to her before—that she should give up her share of the property.†
approach = begin communication with someone about
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
Everyone had something to say in censure or ridicule of the luckless Madame Maltishtcheva,
censure = criticism
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
He recalled his own criticisms of Tyndall of his complacent satisfaction in the cleverness of his experiments, and for his lack of philosophic insight.
complacent = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 1
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contempt
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
In spite of his absolute contempt for the author, it was with complete respect that Sergey Ivanovitch set about reading the article.
contempt = disrespect and dislike
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
...trying to attach some meaning to them not discordant with his own views;
discordant = in conflict or disagreement
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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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
I am entirely in your power, only let me be here.... though I am at your disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 3
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incessant
10 uses
And his jaw twitched impatiently from the incessant gnawing toothache, that prevented him from even speaking with a natural expression.
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
...in a tone of ironical submission to destiny.
ironical = when what is 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
  "Oh, of course, there's no reason whatever," he said, frowning.
  "That's just what I say," she said, willfully refusing to see the irony of his tone, and quietly turning back her long, perfumed glove.
irony = 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
Levin hearing these voices sat scowling in an easy-chair in his wife's bedroom, and maintained an obstinate silence when she asked him what was wrong.
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
And some people said that Madame Stahl had made her social position as a philanthropic, highly religious woman;
philanthropic = helping others — especially by donating money
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
He had sketched this new pose, when all at once he recalled the face of a shopkeeper of whom he had bought cigars, a vigorous face with a prominent chin, and he sketched this very face, this chin on to the figure of the man.†
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
seeking arguments to refute other theories
refute = argue against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 8
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reprehensible
2 uses
Though indeed I fail to comprehend how ... announcing your infidelity to your husband and seeing nothing reprehensible in it,
reprehensible = 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
Levin felt so resolute and serene that no answer, he fancied, could affect him.
resolute = 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 concealed her close scrutiny of him
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
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
Left alone in the room assigned him, lying on a spring mattress that yielded unexpectedly at every movement of his arm or his leg, Levin did not fall asleep for a long while.†
yielded = produced or gave
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
Levin yielded with a sinking heart: yes, he drew it to his mouth and kissed it.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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