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atom
10 uses
The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
atom = the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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
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1st useChapter 8
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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ebullient
1 use
Her family was jumping for joy, but she was less ebullient.
ebullient = filled with energy and joy
DefinitionGenerally ebullient means:
happy and energetic
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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eccentric
3 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate design
It's part of her elaborate plan for getting accepted at Harvard.
elaborate = complicated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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ingenious
6 uses
It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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phenomenon
7 uses
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that can be seen and is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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resignation
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
She is working subtly against us.
subtly = working in an indirect or hidden way
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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ubiquitous
3 uses
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere or all the time
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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virtual
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
virtual organization
We call ourselves a virtual organization because we have no headquarters and no employees. But we are comprised of six key people who cooperate and assemble resources as needed to complete our projects.
virtual = to effectively be something without entirely being it
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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