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acquiesce
2 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
She doesn't yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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1st useChapter 32
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arbitrary
1 use
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 38
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candid
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 27
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capricious
4 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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complacent
1 use
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 18
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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1st useChapter 23
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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despondent
7 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 30
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discriminate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
discriminating taste
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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entreat
15 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book15 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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impetuous
5 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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Monsieur
39 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book39 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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reproach
7 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
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1st useChapter 29
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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scrupulous
2 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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sensuous
5 uses
She claims the tango as the most sensuous of dance forms.
sensuous = pleasing to the physical senses (sexy)
DefinitionGenerally sensuous means:
relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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speculate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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