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commotion
1 use
I looked up to see what caused the commotion.
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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constant
2 uses
The history of computers is a history of constant technological advancement.
constant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally constant means:
unchanging, continuous, or happening repeatedly
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library55 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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deride
1 use
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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despair
1 use
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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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
Word Statistics
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 to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 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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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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morsel
1 use
I ate every tasty morsel.
morsel = a very small quantity
DefinitionGenerally morsel means:
a very small quantity — usually of food
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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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Shakespeare
1 use
As Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
Shakespeare = author widely regarded as the greatest in the English language and whose works include Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Shakespeare means:
English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language and who wrote such words as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (1564-1616)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
tempered
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
short-tempered
She is patient and even-tempered.
tempered = not easily angered or upset
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tempered means:
having a typical mood or temperament — often in reference to how easily one is angered
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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therefore
1 use
Kim is taller than Ashley. Ashley is taller than Anna. Therefore, Kim is taller than Anna.
therefore = for that reason
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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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
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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wretched
2 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet.
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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