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advocate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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belligerent
9 uses
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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complacent
5 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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correspond
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 30
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depravity
6 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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deride
6 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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disparage
2 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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elucidate
1 use
He received the Nobel Prize in medicine for elucidating electrical events in the nervous system.
elucidating = making clear
DefinitionGenerally elucidate means:
explain (make clear)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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explicit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
explicit photos and pornography
The computer has a filter that blocks explicit photos and pornography.
explicit = expressing or displaying sexual activity or nudity in a manner that leaves little to the imagination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
expressing or displaying sexual activity or violence in a detailed manner
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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negative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
had a negative effect
Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
negatively = in a bad or harmful manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 42
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2  —1 use as in:
a negative attitude
Don't be so negative. We'll find a way to make this work.
negative = pessimistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
pessimistic (emphasizing bad things) or disagreeable
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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requisition
6 uses
The surveillance recordings were requisitioned by police to identify the thief.
requisitioned = officially demanded
DefinitionGenerally requisition means:
to officially request, demand, or take something; or the form used to make such a request
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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scrupulous
6 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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trepidation
5 uses
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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zeal
6 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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