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abject
1 use
As the world grows more affluent, our definition of abject poverty changes.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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
1st useChapter 30
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approbation
1 use
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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1st useChapter 12
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bronze
1 use
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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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cease
7 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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circumscribe
1 use
I will not let their expectations circumscribe how I live my life.
circumscribe = restrict  the boundaries of
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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1st useChapter 34
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component
1 use
It has only three major components.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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emerge
4 uses
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Library58 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 41
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expiate
1 use
She knows she can't expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
expiate = make up for (do enough good to make up for the wrongs)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 34
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impervious
1 use
She has made up her mind and is impervious to criticism.
impervious = unaffected
DefinitionGenerally impervious means:
not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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latent
1 use
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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monotonous
2 uses
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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poise
1 use
She has great charm and great poise.
poise = composure (calm confidence — even when under pressure)
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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reproach
2 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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succession
3 uses
1  —3 uses 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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tedious
1 use
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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tranquil
2 uses
I love a lake with tranquil blue water.
tranquil = calm
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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tremulous
1 use
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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vindicate
1 use
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 useChapter 17
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