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breach
10 uses
He was sued for breach of contract.
breach = breaking
DefinitionGenerally breach means:
break — as in break an understanding or a break (gap) in a wall
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
cleave = to split or cut through something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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cower
15 uses
She cowered in fear.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.11
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cunning
13 uses
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.2
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2  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = a home in which someone lives
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 3.2
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
She is gone, but her teachings endure through the ages.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.10
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glimmer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
glimmering lights
The moonlight glimmered on the lake.
glimmered = shined (with a dim or wavering light)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of glimmer means:
a dim, wavering, or reflected light
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.7
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heed
17 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.2
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hideous
15 uses
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.2
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malicious
12 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.5
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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ravine
12 uses
The car plunged into a 15-foot ravine.
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
Web Links
remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.10
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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waver
11 uses
Through good times and bad her love for him has never wavered.
wavered = been unsure or weak

or:

moved back and forth
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
moving back and forth

or:

to be unsure or weak
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.6
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wrath
12 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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