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bronze
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a bronze tan
He was attracted by her shining bronze hair.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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contempt
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book8 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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defer
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.45
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
descend
4 uses
1  —4 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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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)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.17
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indolent
4 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.34
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
The drug inhibits the spread of cancer.
inhibits = slows or prevents
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4.38
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 10 uses
1  —6 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
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.14
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5.49
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3  —3 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.12
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obstinate
19 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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prominent
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a prominent politician
She is a prominent member of our community.
prominent = well-known and respected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.37
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scrupulous
11 uses
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)
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.37
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siege
48 uses
The Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
siege = the surrounding and prolonged attack
DefinitionGenerally siege means:
a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time

or:

any prolonged attack, effort, or period of trouble
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Book48 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.17
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
somber colors
She wore a somber black dress to the funeral.
somber = lacking brightness or color
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
lacking brightness or color — perhaps gloomy
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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speculative
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a speculative look or mind
She looked speculative as she turned her head back to the computer screen.
speculative = curious or in deep thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
showing, engaged in, or having a tendency of curiosity or deep thought
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.50
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wallow   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
wallow happily in the mud
The pigs wallowed in the large mud puddle.
wallowed = relaxed and perhaps rolled about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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2  —1 use as in:
a wagon wallowed through the mud
The tractor wallowed through the mud.
wallowed = moved with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to move with difficulty; or perhaps just to move through water or in a rolling/wave-like manner
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.33
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —2 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.26
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2  —7 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.38
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