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accordion
1 use
An accordion wall can be closed to divide the room.
accordion = characterized by narrower parallel folds when closed and wider when open — such as a door or musical instrument with that characteristic
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assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
asserts = says (that something is true — especially something disputed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
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banal
1 use
The movie was banal, but it led to a fascinating conversation.
banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
DefinitionGenerally banal means:
uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual

(editor's note:  This word is correctly pronounced differently by various educated speakers of American English.)
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delicacy
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discuss with delicacy
She is admired for her delicacy in negotiations.
delicacy = sensitivity and tact
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delicacy means:
care and gentleness — especially speaking or acting with sensitivity and tact
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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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importune
1 use
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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intrigue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
involved in intrigue
I try to avoid political intrigue.
intrigue = secret schemes or plots
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intrigue means:
a secret scheme or plot
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laconic
1 use
I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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pithy
1 use
I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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reflection
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
my reflection in the mirror
I was looking at my reflection in her sunglasses.
reflection = image
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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retort
6 uses
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
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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superficial
3 uses
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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vary
1 use
Your mileage may vary.
vary = be different
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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