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bronze   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
a bronze tan
He was attracted by her shining bronze hair.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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complacent
5 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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credulous
5 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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decorum
6 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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deride
2 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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diligent
5 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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endure
5 uses
1  —5 uses 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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Book5 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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essential
7 uses
The essential feature of the pen is that it writes so consistently.
essential = absolutely necessary; or of greatest importance
DefinitionGenerally essential means:
necessary or important or relating to the basic nature of something
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Book7 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 36
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book1 use
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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indignant
12 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book12 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16
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inquire
15 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book15 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent politician
She is a prominent member of our community.
prominent = well-known and respected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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provincial
1 use
In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
provincial = unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly—often to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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reticent
5 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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revere
9 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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Book9 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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scrupulous
3 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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succession
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a succession of events
She survived a succession of catastrophes.
succession = series (one after the other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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