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agitate
4 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book4 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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anxiety
3 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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Book3 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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appropriate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book3 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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arrogant
1 use
She is rude and arrogant.
arrogant = with an excessive sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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beckon
4 uses
I should be studying, but television beckons me.
beckons = calls (in this case by being desirable and inviting)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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chaos
1 use
The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
chaos = extreme confusion and disorder
DefinitionGenerally chaos means:
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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criteria
2 uses
We're considering five primary criteria as we compare job applicants.
criteria = reference points against which things can be evaluated
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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diagnose
21 uses
She diagnosed the disease as type 2 diabetes.
diagnosed = identified
DefinitionGenerally diagnose means:
determine or identify the nature of a problem or an illness
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Book21 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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elusive
1 use
A permanent solution has proven elusive, but we expect to have one by the end of the month.
elusive = difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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exemplary
1 use
I appreciate your exemplary behavior.
exemplary = serving as an example — especially a good one
DefinitionGenerally exemplary means:
serving as an example — especially one from which to draw a lesson

For instance:

        an example to copy:  exemplary behavior

        an example to avoid:  exemplary punishment
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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focus
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book1 use
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
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however
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
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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Book2 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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innate
1 use
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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nonchalant
1 use
I could tell she was nervous, but she was trying to look nonchalant.
nonchalant = calm and unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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obliterate
1 use
Hillary Clinton warned Iran that the U.S. could obliterate them if they were foolish enough to attack Israel.
obliterate = do away with completely
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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ominous
1 use
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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paradox
2 uses
It's the grandfather paradox of time travel in which a man cannot travel to a time before he was born and kill his grandfather.
paradox = a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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provincial
1 use
In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
provincial = unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly—often to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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provoke
4 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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