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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I can't abide her continual complaints.
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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aghast
1 use
She stepped back aghast at the behavior.
aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay
DefinitionGenerally aghast means:
shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay (sadness, disappointment, or worry)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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bound
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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delectable
1 use
The cake is delicious, scrumptious and delectable.
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses 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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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — 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 28
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however
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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indignant
1 use
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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intrigue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was intrigued
She was intrigued by his surprising comment.
intrigued = interested, curious, or fascinated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intrigue means:
cause to be interested, curious, or fascinated
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
She's so busy, she's liable to forget.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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loathe
1 use
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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ludicrous
1 use
Though she was serious, her suggestion was so ludicrous, I couldn't suppress a laugh.
ludicrous = absurd in an amusing way
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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luminous
1 use
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = glowing or shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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perish
1 use
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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positive
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book2 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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precipice
1 use
She approached and then pulled back from the precipice.
precipice = a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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repulsive
3 uses
The tribe elders find American culture as shown in Hollywood films to be immoral and repulsive.
repulsive = very unpleasant or causing disgust
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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therefore
1 use
Kim is taller than Ashley. Ashley is taller than Anna. Therefore, Kim is taller than Anna.
therefore = for that reason
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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utter
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
utter stupidity
She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
utter = complete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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wretched
2 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet.
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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