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adroit
1 use
She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
adroit = skillful
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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1st useChapter 10
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adulation
1 use
Don't grow dependent upon popular adulation. It comes and goes and reverses unexpectedly.
adulation = much admiration and praise
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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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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asteroid
6 uses
Many believe that many dinosaurs became extinct when a large asteroid hit the earth millions of years ago.
asteroid = one of the millions of rocks that move around the sun, are smaller than a planet, and larger than a meter in diameter
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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; or compare to show differences
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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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
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: 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
Library53 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
Library12 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 cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book1 use
Library31 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 (was in charge) — including specialized senses such as to have been in charge of the production of or performance of a movie, play, or orchestra
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book4 uses
Library21 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
Library54 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
Library3 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
Library2 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
Library2 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 is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8
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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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simulate
48 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
Book48 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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solar system
5 uses
The comets of the Oort Cloud are in our solar system and reach a distance from the sun that is over a thousand times further than Pluto.
solar system = the area that includes the sun (or any star) and everything that revolves around it
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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vestige
2 uses
She had not yet lost the last vestige of hope.
vestige = a trace of something — especially as an indication that it was previously there
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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