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contented
3 uses
She grew more contented with age.
contented = satisfied
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library14 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 = the molecule that contains the genetic code
DefinitionGenerally deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) means:
cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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despair
2 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
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.)
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
perplex
1 use
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
ponder
1 use
The question the audience is left to ponder is...
ponder = think deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 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 = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
Word Statistics
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 in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
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 more foolish than he looked, 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
Web Links
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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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