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alleviate
1 use
Regular massage will help to alleviate the pain.
alleviate = lessen
DefinitionGenerally alleviate means:
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.107.3
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approach   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book3 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.92.1
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = method (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.89
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3  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began speaking with someone about something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.14.4
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.1.6
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condone
1 use
Such behavior is permitted, but we certainly don't condone it.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.22.4
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 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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Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.7.8
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10, p.92.2
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.3.5
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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.1.1
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8, p.51.8
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gesticulate
1 use
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.106.2
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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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8, p.52.4
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penitent
4 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.81.2
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phenomenon
1 use
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.105.9
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 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
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8, p.66.6
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.104.4
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remorse
3 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.84.6
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.72.6
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2  —3 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 trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.29.5
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