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Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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ailment
1 use
She died of a heart ailment.
ailment = illness
DefinitionGenerally ailment means:
an illness
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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atone
1 use
To atone for sins is a common religious theme.
atone = make up
DefinitionGenerally atone means:
to fix or make up for a wrong — especially a sin (even if nothing can be done to make up for the wrong other than to show regret)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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avert
1 use
We are trying to avert a strike.
avert = prevent
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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dais
2 uses
She was seated on the inaugural dais near the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
dais = raised platform
DefinitionGenerally dais means:
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to people on it
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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depravity
1 use
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use 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)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 12
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Hitler dictated that...
The college has rules that dictate what constitutes consent in sexual activity.
dictate = state authoritatively (command)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
issue commands or orders
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 11
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle something so it no longer requires attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 7
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heed
3 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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infamy
1 use
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live on in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
infamy = famous for something bad
DefinitionGenerally infamy means:
famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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mandate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a legal mandate
The law mandates that an appeal be filed for all convicts on death row.
mandates = demands
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mandate means:
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
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martyr
1 use
Many believe that all of the Apostles were martyred except John; however, the Bible reports only on the martyrdom of James.
martyrdom = someone who dies upholding religious principles
DefinitionGenerally martyr means:
someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion, or someone who commits a suicide death in the name of their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 12
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perish
7 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2
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prescribe
1 use
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
prescribed = gave medical instructions instructing that the patient should take
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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ravine
4 uses
The car plunged into a 15-foot ravine.
ravine = deep, narrow, steep-sided valley
DefinitionGenerally ravine means:
a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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reprimand
2 uses
I was reprimanded for coming to work late again.
reprimanded = criticized for doing something wrong — often in a formal manner
DefinitionGenerally reprimand means:
to criticize someone by telling them what they did wrong — often in a formal manner
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 10
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scorn
2 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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transgress
18 uses
Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
transgressed = violated (a rule, promise, or social norm)
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 12
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vindicate
2 uses
He was eager to vindicate his actions.
vindicate = show to be right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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