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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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augment
2 uses
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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deride
1 use
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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diversify
1 use
She has been typecast as the female who beats up males, but she's eager to diversify her roles.
diversify = make more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied

This is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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dominate
13 uses
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Book13 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 2
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emerge
38 uses
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Book38 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 1
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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guile
1 use
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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inevitable
6 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book6 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 3
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nexus
11 uses
The conflict is complicated by Afghanistan's opium-terrorism nexus.
nexus = connection
DefinitionGenerally nexus means:
an important connection; or a place where things connect or come together
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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obscure
4 uses
1  —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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
revere
8 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 1
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scrutiny
2 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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soporific
5 uses
Her lecture put the whole class in a soporific daze.
soporific = tending to make one sleepy
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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summon
34 uses
I was summoned to the principal's office.
summoned = called to come
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
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Book34 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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suppress
17 uses
The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
suppressed = kept or tried to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
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Book17 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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windward
7 uses
The windward side of the island gets more rain.
windward = the direction from which the wind is coming
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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