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askance
1 use
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced to punishment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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despair
1 use
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book1 use
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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diligent
1 use
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book2 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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dismay
1 use
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = feel sad, disappointed, or worried — typically in response to something surprising
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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fidget
1 use
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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fluster
1 use
He gets flustered when talking to groups and tends to lose his train of thought.
flustered = nervous or confused
DefinitionGenerally fluster means:
to be or cause to be nervous or upset
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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herald
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
The king's herald announced it this morning.
herald = a person who announces important news — especially a king's representative
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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however
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on "idea 1" we might not expect "idea 2", but this is a way of saying that even though "idea 1" exists, we still have "idea 2."  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book20 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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impertinent
1 use
It was impertinent of the child to lecture a grownup.
impertinent = rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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inquire
1 use
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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insolent
1 use
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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languid
1 use
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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provoke
1 use
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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tremulous
1 use
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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usurp
1 use
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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vulgar
1 use
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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