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abdicate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abdicated the throne
The King abdicated when he married her.†
abdicated = to have formally given up power, as of monarchs and emperors
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abdicate means:
to formally give up power — as when giving up a position of royalty such as to resign from being king
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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apparent
4 uses
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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Book4 uses
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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audible
2 uses
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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bequeath
1 use
It is our duty to bequeath a better world to our grandchildren.
bequeath = leave (or give by will) usually upon death
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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Bern
30 uses
Bern is the federal city (de facto capital) of Switzerland.
Bern = the capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland
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Book30 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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beseech
2 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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conspicuous
1 use
She tried not to look conspicuous as she slipped into class after the tardy bell.
conspicuous = easily noticed — typically attracting attention such as by being large, flashy, or unusual
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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despair
3 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book3 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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distill
1 use
distill the essential ideas to fit on a single page
distill = extract essential elements
DefinitionGenerally distill means:
to purify, concentrate, or separate a liquid (such as whisky) by boiling it and condensing its vapors

or:

to extract essential ideas
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1st useChapter 1
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embark
4 uses
she embarked upon a new career†
embarked = set out on a venture — especially to board a ship
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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infallible
1 use
She considers the Pope infallible.
infallible = never wrong
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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ingratiate
1 use
She tried to ingratiate herself with her superiors.†
ingratiate = gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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liege
2 uses
He was her liege lord.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
DefinitionGenerally liege means:
a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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1st useChapter 3
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lithe
1 use
The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
lithe = moving and bending with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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odious
1 use
Though they think the country's government is odious, they're unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
odious = extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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usurp
2 uses
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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