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begrudge
11 uses
I don't begrudge her making a profit, but this is unreasonable.
begrudge = resent (feel bitter about)
DefinitionGenerally begrudge means:
to resent (feel bitterness—usually over unfairness); or to give unwillingly
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 58
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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despair
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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detach
3 uses
She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn't care about him any more.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from emotions)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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engender
3 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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flout
9 uses
The current enforcement policy encourages people to flout the law.
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gaunt
5 uses
She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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irrevocable
3 uses
We agreed not to take any irrevocable action until after the meeting.
irrevocable = incapable of being undone
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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muse
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
her musings
He mused aloud about the afternoon's developments.
mused = reflected (thought) deeply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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oblige
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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omnipotent
1 use
When I was young, I believed in the myth of omnipotent science, technology and logic.
omnipotent = all powerful
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 41
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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rapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rapt attention
She watched with rapt attention.
rapt = fascinated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rapt means:
deeply interested and focused (on something) — often while admiring
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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rein
12 uses
The court reined in agency power—describing it as out of control.
reined in = restrained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse (You might like to think of other senses of rein as being figurative derivations from this sense.)
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Book12 uses
Library11 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 sacred
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
She changed from a happy, outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = unhappy and withdrawn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
It is a beautiful picture taken in twilight.
twilight = the light from the sky in the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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ubiquitous
1 use
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = found everywhere all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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