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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
We saw the rocket ascend.
ascend = move upward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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bard
10 uses
Shakespeare is sometimes called the Bard of Avon.
bard = someone who composes poems about important events and people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bard means:
someone who composes and recites or sings poems about important events and people; or (as a proper noun) Shakespeare
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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copious
14 uses
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses 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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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descend   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
She descended from an old Italian noble family.
descended = came from (had as an ancestor)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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3  —2 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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 34
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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diverse
11 uses
The college wants a diverse student body.
diverse = varied (in this case, of different ethnic groups and genders)
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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divine
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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ephemeral
2 uses
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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haughty
14 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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however
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = no matter how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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incessant
16 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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Book16 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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latent
20 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book20 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pennant
28 uses
The underdog baseball team won the pennant after 162 hard fought games.
pennant = a flag given to a champion as an award
DefinitionGenerally pennant means:
a flag given to a champion as an award

or:

a triangular flag (often used for nautical signals)
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Book28 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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prodigal
3 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)
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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venerate
2 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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