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acquisition
3 uses
From the fifth grade onward, most vocabulary acquisition occurs incidentally while reading.
acquisition = to get possession of
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7, p.54.40
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annex
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
annex of the main building
The YMCA added an annex where younger children can play.
annex = an addition that extends a main building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of annex means:
an addition that extends a main building

or:

to attach something — especially to something larger or more important
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Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.68.45
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aptitude
3 uses
She took an online career aptitude test and then a career interest test.
aptitude = natural ability
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1st useChapter 2, p.15.40
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assimilate
1 use
There is a delicate balance between assimilation and loss of cultural identity.
assimilation = fitting into a prevailing culture
DefinitionGenerally assimilate means:
take in, transform, or fit in

in various senses including
  • a person with differences fitting into a prevailing culture
  • information transformed within the mind into understanding
  • nutrients transformed within the body for its use
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1st useChapter 13, p.104.51
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assuage
1 use
The panel will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to help assuage concern that it could be used for political ends.
assuage = to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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1st useChapter 14, p.110.90
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augment
1 use
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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1st useChapter 21, p.168.32
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congregate
1 use
Planned demonstrations never materialized as a heavy presence of police and soldiers made it impossible for protesters to congregate.
congregate = gather together
DefinitionGenerally congregate means:
come together as a group
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1st useChapter 6, p.47.27
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crescendo
1 use
Campaigning reached a crescendo the day before the election.
crescendo = maximum intensity
DefinitionGenerally crescendo means:
a gradual increase in intensity; or the time of maximum intensity — especially in the loudness of music
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1st useChapter 8, p.59.13
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the waste
How will they dispose of the waste?
dispose = throw away (get rid of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to throw away
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1st useChapter 3, p.23.58
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disposition
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or inclination
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.44
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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1st useChapter 14, p.111.4
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empower
2 uses
The Constitution empowers the Vice President to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate.
empowers = gives power or authority to
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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1st useChapter 9, p.71.70
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impede
1 use
She is impeding the progress of our project
impeding = slowing or preventing
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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1st useChapter 23, p.177.72
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indolent
1 use
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useChapter 8, p.61.78
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integral
1 use
That was before China became an integral part of the world economy.
integral = necessary
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integral means:
an essential part or characteristic
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1st useChapter 9, p.70.73
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lapse
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a lapse in judgement
Apparently the error occurred because of a lapse in the air controller's concentration.
lapse = uncharacteristic change in behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of lapse means:
a change in behavior or state—usually undesired

The exact meaning of this sense of lapse is often subject to its context. For example:
  • usually undesired — as in "lapsed into alcoholism"
  • often short-term and due to a lack of effort or diligence — as in "a lapse in judgment"
  • often back to a previous undesired behavior or state — as in "lapsed into her old bad habits"
  • sometimes a break in continuity which is not necessarily negative — as in "There was a lapse in the conversation," or "She stopped talking as she lapsed into her own internal world."
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1st useChapter 7, p.55.86
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obsolete
2 uses
That old phone is obsolete.
obsolete = outdated (no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better)
DefinitionGenerally obsolete means:
no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better
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1st useChapter 11, p.84.6
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
The class was equally interesting and rigorous.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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1st useChapter 8, p.62.65
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supplementary
1 use
Contributions at a public school provide funds for supplementary items beyond the those deemed vital and funded by taxes.
supplementary = additional
DefinitionGenerally supplementary means:
additional — possibly improving, completing, or make up for a deficiency of something
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1st useChapter 1, p.7.52
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transgress
4 uses
Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
transgressed = violated a rule, promise, or social norm
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.45.88
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