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besiege
1 use
The Turks besieged Vienna
besieged = surrounded with armed forces, cut-off from supplies, and attacked
DefinitionGenerally besiege means:
to surround with armed forces, and cut-off supplies or attack

or:

to make an overwhelming number of requests, complaints, or comments — typically in an annoying manner and sometimes while surrounding
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betrothed
1 use
She was betrothed on the day of her birth.
betrothed = promised to marry
DefinitionGenerally betrothed means:
promised to marry; or the person who has promised to marry
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consort
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consort together
She consorts with criminals.
consorts = spends leisure time with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consort means:
spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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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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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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desist
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The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to not do something
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destitute
1 use
The article is entitled Destitute and Desperate in the Land of Plenty.
destitute = extremely poor
DefinitionGenerally destitute means:
extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter

The expression "destitute of" means:  lacking
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the waste
How will they dispose of the waste?
dispose = throw away (get rid of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to throw away
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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disposition
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1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood or typical way of behaving
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
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dominion
1 use
France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa.
dominion = dominance or power
DefinitionGenerally dominion means:
dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
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grovel
1 use
She wasn't content just to win. She wanted to see me grovel.
grovel = show complete submission
DefinitionGenerally grovel means:
to show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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incantation
1 use
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce her to
The baby wasn't getting enough nutrients and oxygen, so we induced labor.
induced = caused (in this case, childbirth to start)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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judicious
2 uses
She is judicious when spending her money.
judicious = shows good judgment
DefinitionGenerally judicious means:
showing good judgment
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reproach
1 use
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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salutation
1 use
The traditional Hindu salutation is "Namaste".
salutation = a greeting — such as "Hi",  "Dear John:", or "Ladies and Gentlemen"
DefinitionGenerally salutation means:
a greeting — such as "Hi",  "Dear John:", or "Ladies and Gentlemen"

or:

the act of greeting
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venerable
1 use
They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
venerable = respected
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
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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
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