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allude
2 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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audacious
2 uses
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benefactor
1 use
She is the largest benefactor of the museum.
benefactor = financial supporter
DefinitionGenerally benefactor means:
someone who helps a person or organization — especially financially
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = clever and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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desolate
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a desolate place
The photos show the desolate surface of the moon.
desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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despair
6 uses
1  —6 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)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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2  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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enmity
1 use
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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hoard
16 uses
They found a 7th century hoard of treasure.
hoard = a collection of valuable things
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Book16 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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plunder
9 uses
The conquerors plundered the town and surrounding countryside.
plundered = stole goods
DefinitionGenerally plunder means:
to steal — often after conquering the location with the goods

or:

the goods stolen
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
There was tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fought for control.
tumult = confusion or disorder
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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venerable
1 use
They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
venerable = respected
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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wrath
9 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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wretched
9 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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