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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —4 uses 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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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.10
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2  —5 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.1
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.14
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2  —3 uses as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey her to London.
convey = transport
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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copious
1 use
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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fugitive
14 uses
She is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
fugitives = people running away or hiding to avoid arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who is running away or hiding to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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gesticulate
3 uses
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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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grotesque
8 uses
She was wearing a grotesque mask that was quite disturbing.
grotesque = distorted or ugly
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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 1.1
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.7
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel marketing ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The penthouse window gives a perspective on half the city.
perspective = view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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timorous
2 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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twilight
11 uses
It is a beautiful picture taken in twilight.
twilight = the light from the sky in the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time

or:

a condition of decline following successes
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Book11 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.9
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