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acquiesce
1 use
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
She felt an acute pain in her neck.
acute = sharp (severe or very bad)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (severe or strong) — usually negative
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adjacent
1 use
We stayed in adjacent hotel rooms.
adjacent = side-x-side (very near)
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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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
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audacious
1 use
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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chronic
5 uses
chronic back pain
chronic = long-lasting
DefinitionGenerally chronic means:
of something bad:  long-lasting or happening all the time — especially of disease
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component
1 use
It has only three major components.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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converge
1 use
The lines converge at this point
converge = come together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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pernicious
1 use
By the 21st century, it had evolved into a pernicious lack of employment.
pernicious = harmful
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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pervasive
4 uses
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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predominant
1 use
In the summer, our afternoon breezes come predominantly from the southwest.
predominantly = most commonly
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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quibble
1 use
Let's not quibble over pennies.
quibble = argue about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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scrutiny
1 use
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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taint
2 uses
Three people died from eating the tainted ice cream.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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transient
1 use
The harvest is dependent upon transient laborers.
transient = staying only a short time
DefinitionGenerally transient means:
lasting a short time

or:  

one who stays for only a short time
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