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abstract
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
She doesn't yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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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 of crime.
asserts = says
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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breech
4 uses
It was a difficult breech birth.
breech = rear (in this case indicating that the baby came out of the birth canal butt-first)
DefinitionGenerally breech means:
rear

Most commonly used today in the phrase breech birth in reference to a baby who comes out of the birth canal butt-first rather than head-first.

More-archaic senses seen in classic literature include:
  • breechcloth — a form of loincloth consisting in a strip of material passed between the thighs and held up in front and behind by a belt or string
  • breeches — pants
  • a cannon's breech — the rear of a gun
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth is flat.
conventional = normal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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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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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
their border dispute
The area has long been a source of dispute between India and Pakistan.
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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immaterial
1 use
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
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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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melancholy
5 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
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monotonous
5 uses
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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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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reflect
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I want to reflect on it.
At the beginning of this passage, the author reflects on her life as a waitress.
reflects = thinks carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
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retort
6 uses
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
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simulate
2 uses
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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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 = shallow
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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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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