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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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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
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53
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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
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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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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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
She's so busy, she's liable to forget.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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1st useChapter 16
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monotonous
2 uses
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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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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Library9 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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poise
1 use
She has great charm and great poise.
poise = composure; or calm confidence — even when under pressure
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"

and/or:

balanced or prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button" or "the sword poised over her neck.")
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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rapt
4 uses
She watched with rapt attention.
rapt = deep interest and focus — often while admiring
DefinitionGenerally rapt means:
deeply interested and focused upon — often while admiring
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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remorse
1 use
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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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
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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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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tranquil
2 uses
I love a lake with tranquil blue water.
tranquil = calm
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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