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bestow
3 uses
They gave her the highest honor they can bestow.
bestow = give (as an honor)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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centaur
16 uses
Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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dais
6 uses
She was seated on the inaugural dais near the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
dais = a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to people on it
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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defile
1 use
They defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it.
defiled = polluted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defile means:
to dirty the beauty or purity of something — such as:
  • a pristine lake
  • a reputation or good name
  • something sacred
  • a person's virginity
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dictate a letter
She dictated a letter to her secretary.
dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording

(in this case, the implication is that the secretary is writing down what is said and will type it up as a letter to send)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
say out loud for the purpose of recording
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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fervent
2 uses
a fervent desire to change society
fervent = characterized by intense emotion or passionate belief
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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gist
1 use
Just tell me the gist of the matter.
gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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grave
2 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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mane
6 uses
It was a healthy male lion with a golden mane.
mane = long coarse hair growing around the head
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair growing:
  • around the head—as of a lion
  • on the back of the neck—as of a horse
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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melancholy
2 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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nettle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
beware of nettles near the river
I ran into some stinging nettles.
nettles = a type of plant that has fine irritating hairs
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nettle means:
a type of plant with stinging or irritating hairs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pompous
2 uses
She gave another pompous speech.
pompous = with excessive self-importance
DefinitionGenerally pompous means:
behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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precipice
5 uses
She approached and then pulled back from the precipice.
precipice = a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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reign
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She reigned over England
The arranged marriage solidified the alliance between two of Europe's most important reigning families.
reigning = ruling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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treachery
5 uses
Benedict Arnold remains the U.S.'s symbol of ultimate treachery.
treachery = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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twilight
4 uses
It is a beautiful picture taken in twilight.
twilight = the light from the sky in the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time

or:

a condition of decline following successes
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wizened
1 use
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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