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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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2  —3 uses as in:
an advocate supporting
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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amiable
20 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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condescending
11 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
It takes longer for babies to learn to voice back-of-the-mouth consonants (like k) than front-of-the-mouth consonants (like p).
consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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exonerate
1 use
The jury exonerated her of all charges.
exonerated = freed (of blame)
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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heresy
11 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
immutable
2 uses
It is an immutable law of physics.
immutable = unchangeable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is shy and inhibited
She's personable and funny with her friends, but tends to be inhibited with strangers.
inhibited = unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25
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metropolis
2 uses
I want to live and work in the middle of a vibrant metropolis.
metropolis = large, important city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
city — especially a large city that is considered important
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
pious
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
2  —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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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resolute
12 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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socialism
19 uses
She believes that more socialism would be more fair.
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership and control of all companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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