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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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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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 = complete immorality or evilness
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Hitler dictated that
Reason dictates that we change the policy.
dictates = commands
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
issue commands or orders
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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
1st usePart 1
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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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2
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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 deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
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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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 10
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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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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scorn
2 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = treated with disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 2
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solemn
1 use
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 12
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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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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 6
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