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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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cower
1 use
She cowered in fear.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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delirium
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
delirious = mentally confused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delirium means:
a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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foal
1 use
I've trained her to ride since she was a foal.
foal = young horse
DefinitionGenerally foal means:
a young horse; or giving birth to a young horse
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —6 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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Book6 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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2  —4 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = no matter how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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landmark
1 use
It was a landmark Supreme Court decision.
landmark = very important
DefinitionGenerally landmark means:
something very important

or:

something easily recognized (such as a monument, building, or geographic feature) — especially one that helps one to know where she is; or that is a tourist destination
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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loathe
1 use
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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preposterous
1 use
They can't be seriously considering such a preposterous idea.
preposterous = completely unreasonable
DefinitionGenerally preposterous means:
absurd, outrageous, silly, or completely unreasonable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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profound
1 use
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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rein
1 use
The court reined in agency power—describing it as out of control.
reined in = restrained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse (You might like to think of other senses of rein as being figurative derivations from this sense.)
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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repress
1 use
She could barely repress a smile as she scolded her son for fidgeting.
repress = to hold something back
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Can you offer some sage advice?
sage = wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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stifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the heat is stifling
It was a hot, humid, stifling day.
stifling = making it difficult to breath
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to make breathing difficult or impossible — often from heat or humidity
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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volley
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a volley of...
She was killed by a volley of bullets.
volley = a rapid or simultaneous discharge (in this case of bullets)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of volley means:
a rapid or simultaneous discharge of bullets or other projectiles

or:

a rapid or simultaneous series of similar (and usually antagonistic) events — such as protests or criticisms
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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