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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Congress will appropriate funds
The money has been appropriated, but it hasn't yet been spent.
appropriated = set aside for a particular use
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to set aside for a particular use
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augment
2 uses
Our school hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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bronze
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a bronze tan
He was attracted by her shining bronze hair.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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censure
2 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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delta
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
river delta
The delta has rich soil, but is subject to flooding.
delta = geological area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
a typically triangular area with sand or soil where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
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descend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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2  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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emulate
2 uses
It wasn't just that she copied her older sister's hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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ephemeral
1 use
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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furtive
4 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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3  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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olfactory
1 use
Dogs bred for scent-based tasks have higher olfactory capacities than other dogs.
olfactory = relating to the sense of smell
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stagnate
3 uses
We don't want the economy to stagnate.
stagnate = stay still or not develop
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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Book3 uses
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succession
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
presidential line of succession
Some investors are nervous that the founder and CEO is elderly, but others are comforted by a rigorous succession plan.
succession = replacement of someone who leaves a job or position
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
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ubiquitous
1 use
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = found everywhere all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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