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apathy
2 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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corroborate
1 use
The detectives looked for evidence to corroborate her story.
corroborate = support
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 15 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book8 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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3  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book1 use
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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4  —4 uses as in:
directed the movie
She directed the move.
directed = supervised the making of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book4 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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focus   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 11 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book3 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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2  —2 uses as in:
The focus of our study is...
Since we're running out of time, let's narrow our focus to just what needs to be done tomorrow.
focus = area where attention is concentrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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3  —1 use as in:
The camera focuses automatically
I have to give the camera a little while to focus before I shoot the picture.
focus = adjust its lens to get a clear picture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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4  —5 uses
technical usage
The satellite dish focuses the signal into a relatively narrow beam.
focuses = concentrates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point where things come together such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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 14
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imply
2 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8
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lenient
2 uses
The rules are strict, but the enforcement is lenient.
lenient = not strict (forgiving)
DefinitionGenerally lenient means:
less strict or more tolerant than might be expected
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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revise
1 use
How can you revise that paragraph to improve the expression of ideas?
revise = improve (change)
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12
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scrupulous
1 use
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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simulate
51 uses
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
Word Statistics
Book51 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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tumult
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
couldn't hear over the tumult
The announcement was greeted with such a tumult that the speaker couldn't be heard.
tumult = loud disorderly noise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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vestige
2 uses
The House of Lords is a vestige of the British system of aristocracy.
vestige = remaining trace
DefinitionGenerally vestige means:
a remaining trace (little bit of something) that was previously abundant
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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