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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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amiable
9 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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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book8 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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2  —10 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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digress
2 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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duplicity
1 use
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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endeavor
19 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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entreat
12 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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guile
1 use
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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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
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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inquiry
14 uses
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book14 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 34 uses
1  —22 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
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Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
2  —7 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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3  —5 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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recollect
18 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book18 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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remonstrate
4 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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resolve
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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trifle
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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