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The Horse and His Boy

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centaur
6 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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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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constrained
2 uses
The standard of living is ultimately constrained by worker productivity.
constrained = restricted
DefinitionGenerally constrained means:
restricted; or lacking spontaneity
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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discretion
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
Parental discretion advised.
This program contains violence that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.
discretion = good judgment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
good judgment or good taste
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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enlightened
4 uses
This is a more enlightened age.
enlightened = knowledgeable and free of false beliefs based on superstition
DefinitionGenerally enlightened means:
having or receiving important knowledge or understanding — (sometimes a spiritual belief)

or:

free of false beliefs based on superstition or prejudice
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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foal
5 uses
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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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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grave
1 use
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 can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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inclined
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14
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mane
14 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 such as that which grows around a lion's head or on the back of a horse's neck
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Book14 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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manifest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
manifest destiny
Domestic violence doesn't always manifest as physical abuse.
manifest = show (make itself known)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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moreover
3 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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nevertheless
2 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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nurture
3 uses
We want older employees to help nurture the talents of new employees.
nurture = help to develop
DefinitionGenerally nurture means:
help develop or grow
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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peasant
5 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = an historical term describing people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pinnacle
4 uses
She wrote the book at the pinnacle of her popularity.
pinnacle = highest point
DefinitionGenerally pinnacle means:
the highest point
in various senses, including:
  • the best stage of development — as in "I met her at the pinnacle of her success."
  • a high pointed rock formation or mountain peak — as in "The eagle circled the rocky pinnacle."
  • a pointed tower at the top of a building — as in "With the pinnacle, it is the highest building in the city."
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4
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precede
1 use
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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prudent
5 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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rein
7 uses
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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Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
Her New Year's resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
resolution = a firm decision to do something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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