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beckon
2 uses
I should be studying, but television beckons me.
beckons = calls (in this case by being desirable and inviting)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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consequence
3 uses
1  —3 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)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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diligent
1 use
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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entangled
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
entangled in the branches
like a fly entangled in a spider web
entangled = caught in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of entangled means:
caught in

or:

twisted together into a confusing mass
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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gyroscope
1 use
The gyroscopes enable us to maintain precise orientation while digging the tunnel.†
gyroscopes = rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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hobbled
2 uses
After injuring her ankle, she hobbled between classes.
hobbled = walked with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hobbled means:
walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)

or:

hindered (made the action or progress of something difficult)
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book25 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = no matter how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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impertinent
1 use
It was impertinent of the child to lecture a grownup.
impertinent = rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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ingenuity
1 use
It will take more than ingenuity to clean this up. We're going to have to admit our mistake.
ingenuity = the ability to solve problems in smart creative ways
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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lithe
2 uses
The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
lithe = moving and bending with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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perplex
1 use
She was perplexed by the rules of the game.
perplexed = confused
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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plaintive
1 use
She asked in a plaintive voice.
plaintive = sad
DefinitionGenerally plaintive means:
expressing sadness — sometimes with a plea for help
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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ponder
1 use
The question the audience is left to ponder is...
ponder = think about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pretense
1 use
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = false appearance
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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retort
1 use
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded foolish, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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saunter
1 use
It was pleasant to saunter lazily through the park.
saunter = walk leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wither
1 use
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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