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contented
3 uses
But these, as it happened, Alice had NOT got: so she contented herself with turning round, looking at the shelves as she came to them.†
contented = satisfied
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
3 uses
YKCOWREBBAJ sevot yhtils eht dna,gillirb sawT' ebaw eht ni elbmig dna eryg diD ,sevogorob eht erew ysmim llA . ebargtuo shtar emom eht dnA She puzzled over this for some time, but at last a bright thought struck her.†
DNA = cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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despair
2 uses
Alice repeated in despair, 'Oh, that'll never be done!'
despair = desperation (feeling extreme worry)
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book2 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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diligent
1 use
Alice had seated herself on the bank of a little brook, with the great dish on her knees, and was sawing away diligently with the knife.
diligently = with 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
1st useChapter 7
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distinct
1 use
The snoring got more distinct every minute, and sounded more like a tune: at last she could even make out the words, and she listened so eagerly that, when the two great heads vanished from her lap, she hardly missed them.†
distinct = clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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hideous
1 use
I hate him with an H, because he is Hideous.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
However, complications may...
However, she didn't see why the Red Queen should be the only one to give orders, so, as an experiment, she called out 'Waiter!†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
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
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
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
"The prettiest are always further!" she said at last, with a sigh at the obstinacy of the rushes in growing so far off,
obstinacy = trait of being stubbornly unyielding to the wishes of others
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
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
All this time the Guard was looking at her, first through a telescope, then through a microscope, and then through an opera-glass.†
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung (or the art form that consists of such musicals; or describing something as related to that art form)
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
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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perplex
1 use
exclaimed Alice, looking about in great perplexity, as first one round head, and then the other, rolled down from her shoulder, and lay like a heavy lump in her lap.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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ponder
1 use
After this, Alice was silent for a minute or two, pondering.
pondering = reflecting deeply on a subject
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pretense
1 use
you never CAN tell, you know, unless our fire smokes, and then smoke comes up in that room too—but that may be only pretence, just to make it look as if they had a fire.
pretence = an 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
So, resolutely turning her back upon the house, she set out once more down the path, determined to keep straight on till she got to the hill.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief
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
"He's dreaming now," said Tweedledee: "and what do you think he's dreaming about?"
  Alice said "Nobody can guess that."
  "Why, about YOU!" Tweedledee exclaimed... "And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you'd be?"
  "Where I am now, of course," said Alice.
  "Not you!" Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. "You'd be nowhere. Why, you're only a sort of thing in his dream!"
retorted = quickly replied
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
At this moment the Unicorn sauntered by them, with his hands in his pockets.
sauntered = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wither
1 use
When one speaks, they all begin together, and it's enough to make one wither to hear the way they go on!
wither = shrivel or become weak
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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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