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descend
75 uses
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
Word Statistics
Book75 uses
Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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desist
4 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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despair
35 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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diligent
3 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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dissemble
9 uses
The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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dissent
2 uses
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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diversify
1 use
She has been typecast as the female who beats up males, but she's eager to diversify her roles.
diversify = make more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied

This is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 4
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emulate
6 uses
It wasn't just that she copied her older sister's hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
emulate = imitate (copy)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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filial
5 uses
She tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial respect would allow.
filial = child-to-parent
DefinitionGenerally filial means:
relating to the relationship of children to their parents
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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guile
4 uses
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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ignoble
10 uses
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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officious
5 uses
She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what's best for everyone.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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portent
10 uses
believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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presage
14 uses
We see none of the pessimism that typically presages a recession.
presages = serves as a sign of coming
DefinitionGenerally presage means:
serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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prudent
4 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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ravish
14 uses
The soldiers ravished the city.
ravished = overwhelmed, plundered, and raped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ravish means:
to rape, overwhelm or plunder
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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revere
3 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 7
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wretched
26 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
zeal
7 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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