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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Although they did not win, the team acquitted itself well and we were proud to have them represent us.
acquitted = handled (itself in a specified way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 39
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2  —1 use as in:
an advocate in court
She is a U.S. Army judge advocate.
advocate = a lawyer for the military
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49
affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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alacrity
3 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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attribute
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
benevolent
8 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 41
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capacious
1 use
She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = very large
DefinitionGenerally capacious means:
large in capacity
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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complacent
7 uses
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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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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correspond
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding time period
The girls are using a simple code where "1" corresponds to "A", "2" to "B" and so on for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
corresponds = is equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to not do something
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21
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dissemble
1 use
After the primaries, she will dissemble her past statements to appear more moderate in her beliefs.
dissemble = be deceptive about
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 51
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 8
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2  —5 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 42
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obstinate
9 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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passage
2 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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sanguine
4 uses
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sultry
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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timorous
1 use
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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