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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
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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audible
1 use
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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earnest
2 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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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 500
1st useChapter 3
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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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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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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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
Library9 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
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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
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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:
very serious—and often dignified
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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suppress
5 uses
The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
suppressed = kept or tried to keep under control
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
Library12 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) — 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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