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adapted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
especially well adapted for
Penguins are especially well adapted for cold weather.
well adapted = well suited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapted means:
to be especially well suited or appropriate for something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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avarice
2 uses
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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blithe
3 uses
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
blithe = happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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comprehensive
2 uses
Her insurance includes comprehensive coverage.
comprehensive = including everything
DefinitionGenerally comprehensive means:
including everything or everything important
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1st useChapter 1
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dismal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a dismal expression
It was a dark and dismal night.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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endeavor
7 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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forbearance
2 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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foreshadow
1 use
The author is known for creative use of foreshadowing.
foreshadowing = using events as signs of future events
DefinitionGenerally foreshadow means:
to be a sign of future events
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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melancholy
4 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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notwithstanding
3 uses
Notwithstanding other provisions of this contract, employee may be fired immediately if there is any material misrepresentation on employee's resume or job application.
notwithstanding = in spite of (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(In this case, even if other parts of the contract protect the employee from being fired without notice, the employee can be fired immediately for these reasons. The other parts of the contract do not withstand this part.)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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phenomenon
2 uses
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that can be seen and is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 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
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use 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)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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revere
3 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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specter
12 uses
It aroused specters from her past.
specters = a mental image of something frightening or disturbing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of specter means:
a mental image of something frightening or disturbing

or:

a ghostly appearing image
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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