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allude
13 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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amiable
7 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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bronze   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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2  —3 uses as in:
a bronze tan
He was attracted by her shining bronze hair.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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complacent
1 use
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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deprecate
1 use
You should not deprecate her efforts.
deprecate = treat as unimportant
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to diminish or treat something as unimportant or of low quality; or to express disapproval
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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descend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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diffident
2 uses
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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dubious
3 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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ebullient
1 use
Her family was jumping for joy, but she was less ebullient.
ebullient = filled with energy and joy
DefinitionGenerally ebullient means:
happy and energetic
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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exonerate
1 use
The jury exonerated her of all charges.
exonerated = freed (of blame)
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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furtive
3 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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minute
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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mitigate
1 use
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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pious
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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