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acquire
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Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (come into the possession of something)
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calculus
2 uses
She placed out of calculus in college.
calculus = the branch of mathematics that is concerned with continuously changing values
DefinitionGenerally this sense of calculus means:
any system or process used to calculate values or to reason

or:

the branch of mathematics that is concerned with continuously changing values
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conflict
1 use
Violent conflict has broken out again in the Middle East.
conflict = struggle
DefinitionGenerally conflict means:
a struggle or disagreement (in various senses such as:)
  • a serious disagreement
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings
  • a violent fight or war
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contrary
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contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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despise
1 use
She despises the people he has to work for.
despises = strongly dislikes
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to strongly dislike — and often to look down upon with disrespect
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direct
1 use
1  —1 use 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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equivalent
1 use
At $50 a share, it is equivalent to about a billion dollars.
equivalent = being equal or essentially equal
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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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however
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However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on "idea 1" we might not expect "idea 2", but this is a way of saying that even though "idea 1" exists, we still have "idea 2."  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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indicate
2 uses
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
indicated = pointed out (shown)
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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infuriate
1 use
She was infuriated by his rude behavior.
infuriated = made very angry or annoyed
DefinitionGenerally infuriate means:
to make very angry or annoyed
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mockery
1 use
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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neurology
1 use
In the United States a specialty in neurology requires 8 years of post-undergraduate education and clinical training.
neurology = the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system (including the brain)
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Paradise Lost
1 use
In Paradise Lost, Milton condemns reverence for physical objects—however well intentioned.
Paradise Lost = admired Milton epic poem of original sin (1667)
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Robinson Crusoe
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Some describe Robinson Crusoe as the first novel of realistic fiction written in English.
Robinson Crusoe = Daniel Defoe's famous novel and the name of its main character — a shipwrecked English sailor who survives on a small tropical island (1719)
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rote
1 use
She memorized her lesson by rote, but never really understood it.
rote = memorization by repetition
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senile
1 use
Her memory is getting worse and she's afraid of going senile.
senile = (into) mental weakness caused by old age
DefinitionGenerally senile means:
mental weakness caused by old age
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sheer
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1  —1 use as in:
sheer fun
She got the job through sheer persistence.
sheer = pure (completely by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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specter
1 use
It aroused specters from her past.
specters = a mental image of something frightening or disturbing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of specter means:
a mental image of something frightening or disturbing

or:

a ghostly appearing image
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tradition
1 use
My family's Thanksgiving tradition is to gather together and eat turkey.
tradition = a long-established practice
DefinitionGenerally tradition means:
a long-established or previously long-established practice or belief

and/or:

one or more practices, beliefs, or stories passed down through generations within a specific culture or group
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