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abdicate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abdicated the throne
Prince Edward abdicated the British throne to marry the American.
abdicated = formally gave up power
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
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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avenge
3 uses
In the story, she wants to avenge the murder of her brother.
avenge = take revenge for
DefinitionGenerally avenge means:
take revenge for a perceived wrong
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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bequeath
1 use
It is our duty to bequeath a better world to our grandchildren.
bequeath = pass down
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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1st useChapter 14
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beseech
2 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Library3 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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Library28 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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consul
3 uses
They have an ambassador in Washington and consuls in various cities.
consuls = diplomats appointed by their government to protect the government's commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
DefinitionGenerally consul means:
a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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distill
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
distill the whisky
The ship distills fresh water from salt water.
distills = separates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of distill means:
to make a more pure or concentrated liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors (as is done when making whisky or some petroleum products)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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embark
4 uses
she embarked upon a new career†
embarked = left on a trip
DefinitionGenerally embark means:
to leave on a trip — especially to board a ship
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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however
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book5 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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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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1st useChapter 4
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King Arthur
1 use
It is another story about the boy who would become King Arthur.
King Arthur = mythical king of the Britons recognized as such when he was able to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone that had locked its blade; created the Knights of the Round Table
DefinitionGenerally King Arthur means:
mythical king of the Britons (English) recognized as such when he was able to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone that had locked its blade; created the Knights of the Round Table to protect his people
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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luminous
1 use
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = 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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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 = worthy of hate
DefinitionGenerally odious means:
extremely unpleasant, disgusting, dislikable, or worthy of hate
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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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sulk
4 uses
She was disappointed and retreated to her room to sulk.
sulk = to overly indulge in being unhappy and unsociable
DefinitionGenerally sulk means:
to be overly unhappy and unsociable — often due to disappointment or a sense of not getting what was deserved
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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 = taking 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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