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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
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deign
1 use
She wouldn't deign to meet with me.
deign = do something considered beneath one's dignity
DefinitionGenerally deign means:
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
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ecstasy
1 use
the agony and the ecstasy of intense sports competition
ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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edict
1 use
The Taliban issued an edict that girls could not attend school.
edict = order
DefinitionGenerally edict means:
an order — typically a formal proclamation or a legally binding court decree
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endeavor
1 use
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 10
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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illustrious
1 use
an illustrious achievement
illustrious = famous and admired; or worthy of admiration
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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indivisible
1 use
an indivisible union of states
indivisible = impossible to separate
DefinitionGenerally indivisible means:
impossible to separate

or:

of numbers:  impossible to evenly divide without a remainder
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plunder
1 use
The conquerors plundered the town and surrounding countryside.
plundered = stole goods
DefinitionGenerally plunder means:
to steal — often after conquering the location with the goods

or:

the goods stolen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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ponder
1 use
The question the audience is left to ponder is...
ponder = think about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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probe
1 use
There was a congressional probe into the scandal.
probe = investigation
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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pyre
5 uses
While cremation is not uncommon in the western world, open air funeral pyres are typically illegal.
pyres = piles of wood or other burnable materials
DefinitionGenerally pyre means:
a pile of wood or other burnable material — especially to burn a dead body as in a funeral rite
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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raze
1 use
The developers wanted to raze the complex and replace it with a high-rise commercial building, but they were stopped when it was designated a national historic landmark.
raze = completely destroy
DefinitionGenerally raze means:
completely destroy — usually of buildings with the implication that they are flattened to the ground
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
redeeming = thing that makes up for bad things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Can you offer some sage advice?
sage = wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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solemn
1 use
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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taut
1 use
The string is pulled taut.
taut = tight
DefinitionGenerally taut means:
pulled or drawn tight;
or: subjected to great tension
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 2
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whim
1 use
They flew to Paris on a whim.
whim = a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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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
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 6
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yoke
1 use
They threw off the yoke of slavery.
yoke = oppressive burden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yoke means:
an oppressive burden
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 12
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