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beckon
1 use
I should be studying, but television beckons me.
beckons = calls (in this case by being desirable and inviting)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to summon (call to join) with a gesture, or to be desirable and inviting
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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bewilder
1 use
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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collide
1 use
The cars collided and burst into flame.
collided = crashed together with violent impact
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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contented
1 use
She grew more contented with age.
contented = satisfied
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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descend
2 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
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Book2 uses
Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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despair
1 use
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 30
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despise
1 use
She despises the people he has to work for.
despises = strongly dislikes
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to strongly dislike — and often to look down upon with disrespect
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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dumfounded
1 use
She was beyond surprised. She was dumbfounded.
dumbfounded = too surprised to know what to say or do
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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hoard
1 use
They found a 7th century hoard of treasure.
hoard = a collection of valuable things
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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hypnotize
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hypnotized by her performance
When I look into her eyes, I feel hypnotized.
hypnotized = fascinated so much that awareness of other surrounding things is lost or too much trust is granted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypnotize means:
fascinate so much that awareness of other surrounding things is lost or too much trust is granted
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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meddle
1 use
Don't meddle in my affairs!
meddle = intrude in other people's affairs or business
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
when someone interferes in things that are not their responsibility — often in a way that does harm or annoys others
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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mischievous
1 use
She flashed a mischievous grin and threw the water balloon.
mischievous = playful — often in an annoying or naughty way
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
naughtily or annoyingly playful

or:

tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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morsel
1 use
I ate every tasty morsel.
morsel = a very small quantity
DefinitionGenerally morsel means:
a very small quantity — usually of food
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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mystic
1 use
She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
mystic = someone who attempts to tune into realities beyond scientific understanding
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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perplex
1 use
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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postscript
1 use
PS:  Bob just walked through and says hello.
PS = an abbreviation for "postscript" that is placed at the end of a letter (after the signature) to indicate that an additional note follows
DefinitionGenerally postscript means:
a note added to the end of a letter after the signature — usually preceded with "PS:" or "P.S."

or:

any written or spoken addition added after the end of something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sheer fun
She got the job through sheer persistence.
sheer = pure (completely by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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stationery
1 use
It was a form-letter, but written on the President's stationery with a White House return address.
stationery = paper and envelopes for writing letters
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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thus
1 use
Increase law enforcement reduced the supply of the drug and thus increased the cost, but the improvement was partially offset when the increased cost encouraged more supply.
thus = therefore (for that reason)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thus means:
therefore (for that reason; or what follows is so because of what was just said)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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