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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 summon (call to join) with a gesture

or:

to be desirable and inviting
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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bewilder
2 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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contented
3 uses
She grew more contented with age.
contented = satisfied
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Book3 uses
Library55 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
3 uses
DNA evidence led to her arrest and conviction
DNA = cell structures that contain genetic information
DefinitionGenerally deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) means:
cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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 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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dismal
1 use
The coach will probably be replaced after such a dismal year.
dismal = terrible
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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distinct
1 use
Martinez and his colleagues identified 21 distinct emotions made by the human face.
distinct = different
DefinitionGenerally distinct means:
clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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Book1 use
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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hideous
1 use
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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opera
1 use
She is a popular opera singer.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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perplex
1 use
She was perplexed by the rules of the game.
perplexed = confused
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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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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reproach
1 use
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
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
Library7 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
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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trifle
2 uses
1  —2 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
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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