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allude
3 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced

(editor's note: In this novel, you will see amity capitalized and used many times to refer to a group of people to whom it is most important to be friendly and live in peace.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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capitulate
1 use
The Romans induced many enemy armies to capitulate by offering good terms of surrender.
capitulate = surrender
DefinitionGenerally capitulate means:
to stop resisting something — such as surrendering to someone else's decision or accepting a military defeat
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contrast
6 uses
1  —6 uses 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
The girls are using a simple code where "1" corresponds to "A", "2" to "B" and so on for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
corresponds = is equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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descend
1 use
1  —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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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despair   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
do not despair
Don't despair. Next year will be better.
despair = lose hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use 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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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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imply
3 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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Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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indifferent
9 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book9 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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latent
2 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a negative effect
Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
negatively = in a bad or harmful manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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poignant
2 uses
It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
poignant = arousing sadness
DefinitionGenerally poignant means:
sharp or intense — typically arousing deep emotion such as sadness, but possibly having or creating a sharp smell, taste, or insight
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1st useChapter 1
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reticent
2 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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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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1st useChapter 4
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taciturn
2 uses
She is taciturn by nature, but people like her once they get to know her.
taciturn = with a tendency to be reserved and not to talk
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useOpen
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2  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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