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compel
6 uses
Does our DNA compel us to act as we do?
compel = force
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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conciliatory
2 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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cunning
13 uses
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
deliberate = done with great care — often slowly
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book2 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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4  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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dominate
3 uses
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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forbearance
2 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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formidable
4 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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latent
2 uses
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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pervasive
1 use
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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precipitate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use
adj as in: a precipitate decision
I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
precipitate = sudden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use
verb, as in: action will precipitate
The accident precipitated the union strike for better working conditions.
precipitated = brought about abruptly (suddenly)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
make something happen abruptly (suddenly)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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primordial
6 uses
From the first primordial life forms, ...
primordial = an early and essential aspect of something
DefinitionGenerally primordial means:
having existed from the beginning

or:

an early and essential aspect of something
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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ration
8 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount available to people
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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simulate
1 use
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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superfluous
2 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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