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animate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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anxiety
1 use
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 4
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apparent
1 use
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 2
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book2 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 3
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audible
1 use
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 3
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comprehend
1 use
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 2
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cultivate
1 use
We encourage our representatives to cultivate a close relationship with their clients.
cultivate = develop or grow
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 1
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
She descended from an old Italian noble family.
descended = came from (had as an ancestor)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 4
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indifferent
1 use
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 2
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inquiry
1 use
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 4
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insistent
1 use
We questioned her repeatedly and she remained insistent that she knew nothing of the event.
insistent = firm and continuing
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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mortgage
4 uses
We are the proud owners of a new home and a $100,000 mortgage.
mortgage = property loan
DefinitionGenerally mortgage means:
a real estate loan; or to offer real estate as collateral for a loan

(collateral is something that has to be given to the lender if the loan isn't paid as agreed)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
redeeming = thing that makes up for bad things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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senile
1 use
Her memory is getting worse and she's afraid of going senile.
senile = (into) mental weakness caused by old age
DefinitionGenerally senile means:
mental weakness caused by old age; or describing a medical condition as caused by old age
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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strenuous
1 use
The doctor recommended strenuous exercise three times a week.
strenuous = difficult (requiring much effort)
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
energetic; or physically or mentally difficult or requiring endurance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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vulgar
3 uses
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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wretch
4 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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