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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I can't abide her continual complaints.
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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 this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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dispute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
their border dispute
The area has long been a source of dispute between India and Pakistan.
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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earnest
2 uses
I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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entangled
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
entangled in the branches
like a fly entangled in a spider web
entangled = caught in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of entangled means:
caught in

or:

twisted together into a confusing mass
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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grave
6 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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herald
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
The herald loudly proclaimed, "The King is dead. Long live the King."
herald = official who announces important news
DefinitionGenerally this sense of herald means:
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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inclined
1 use
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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
indignant
5 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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melancholy
6 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
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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oblige
3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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persist
2 uses
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Can you offer some sage advice?
sage = wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
serpent
12 uses
There was a picture of a serpent eating its tail.
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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solemn
7 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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suppress
5 uses
She claimed that Facebook suppressed and promoted news that met a political agenda.
suppressed = kept from spreading
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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tremulous
1 use
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
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 = taking 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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