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abject
1 use
She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn't know it.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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1st useChapter 11
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bevel
6 uses
a beveled mirror
beveled = two surfaces meeting at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)

(editor's note:  See the Google Images link on the word detail page to see samples.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bevel means:
two surfaces meeting at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)

See this href="https://www.google.com/search?q=beveled+edge&source=lnms&tbm=isch" target="_blank">Google Images link for beveled edge to see samples.
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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cease
5 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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Library25 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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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despair
5 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 34
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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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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 41
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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 is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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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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1st useChapter 17
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
system integrity
The antivirus software helps to assure system integrity.
integrity = an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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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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1st useChapter 37
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lax
1 use
Lax safeguards contributed to the oil spill.
lax = relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
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1st useChapter 20
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rein
12 uses
The court reined in agency power—describing it as out of control.
reined = restrained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control as in "rein a horse"; or a means of control — such as the reins of a horse or of government

(The reins of a horse are the pair of straps attached to a bit in a horse's mouth and used to control it.)
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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sacrilege
2 uses
They consider it sacrilege to depict Muhammad in a drawing.
sacrilege = disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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1st useChapter 36
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soporific
1 use
Her lecture put the whole class in a soporific daze.
soporific = tending to make one sleepy
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1st useChapter 27
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sullen
4 uses
She changed from outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45
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tedious
1 use
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Library5 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) — 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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1st useChapter 17
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volition
1 use
She left the company of her own volition.
volition = will (done consciously and voluntarily without being forced or threatened)
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1st useChapter 23
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