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anxiety
2 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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ballad
1 use
her latest album is a collection of love ballads.
ballads = songs that tells a story
DefinitionGenerally ballad means:
a song (or poem) that tells a story
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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beseech
1 use
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
bewilder
2 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
conjure
2 uses
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
demure
1 use
the shy, demure, innocent type
demure = modest and quiet
DefinitionGenerally demure means:
modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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despair
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
dismay
2 uses
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = sad, disappointed, or worried
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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grave
6 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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inclined
1 use
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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
indignant
4 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
inquire
4 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
melancholy
4 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
provoke
7 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
scorn
2 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
solemn
5 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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