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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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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 or dismay
DefinitionGenerally aghast means:
shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay (sadness, disappointment, or worry)
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Book1 use
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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culprit
1 use
We will find and punish the culprit.
culprit = person responsible for a wrongdoing
DefinitionGenerally culprit means:
someone responsible for a wrongdoing — especially a criminal; or something that caused a problem
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
do not despair
Don't despair. Next year will be better.
despair = lose hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 30
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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
Library16 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
Library62 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 = no matter how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book5 uses
Library5 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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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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 = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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pandemonium
1 use
Pandemonium broke out after the announcement.
pandemonium = a state of noisy confusion and disorder
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
Library22 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 = steep cliff (or other dangerous situation)
DefinitionGenerally precipice means:
a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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rancid
1 use
We left the butter outside the refrigerator too long and it turned rancid.
rancid = bad smelling — because the oils have decomposed because they are not fresh enough, but metaphorically the word can refer to anything considered bad
DefinitionGenerally rancid means:
bad — most directly referring to the smell of oils or fats that have decomposed because they are not fresh enough, but metaphorically the word can refer to anything considered bad
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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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)
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Book1 use
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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thus
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Thus it was necessary.
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)
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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