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The Return of the King

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amble
1 use
An old woman was ambling across the street.
ambling = walking slowly or leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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assault
18 uses
I was assaulted by someone wearing a mask.
assaulted = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assault means:
to attack someone or something physically or verbally; or to threaten violence
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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daunt
2 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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deemed
17 uses
The producer deemed her too old to play the role.
deemed = believed or judged
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.7
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discern
1 use
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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dubious
2 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5.10
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.9
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hew
13 uses
hew an oak†
hew = cut or roughly shape as with an axe
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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obscure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5.1
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ominous
6 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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prudent
2 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.9
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resolute
2 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
Web Links
revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6.5
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ruinous
7 uses
It was a ruinous war.
ruinous = extremely harmful
DefinitionGenerally ruinous means:
catastrophic or extremely harmful; or badly damaged or decayed (like ancient ruins)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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squander
2 uses
She squandered the money she inherited from her grandmother.
squandered = wasted
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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summon
20 uses
I was summoned to the principal's office.
summoned = called to come
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library35 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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valor
12 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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vigilant
7 uses
We need to remain vigilant when interacting with websites we don't know.
vigilant = carefully observant or attentive — often to possible danger
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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