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apprehensive
2 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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bound   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 9 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
bound together
The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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3  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
bound = tied together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
tied up, prevented, or required
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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4  —4 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
She's the sort of person who bounds out of bed in the morning and runs five miles before starting her day.
bounds = jumps
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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culprit
6 uses
We will find and punish the culprit.
culprit = someone responsible for a wrongdoing — especially a criminal
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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demonstrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
The salesperson demonstrated features of both phones so I could compare them.
demonstrated = showed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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disgruntled
2 uses
The employees were disgruntled by their bad working conditions
disgruntled = in a bad mood - typically unhappy and annoyed
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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expulsion
26 uses
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out — in this case, kicking someone out of school
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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grievous
2 uses
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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lurid
2 uses
Her blog specializes in sharing lurid details of horrible crimes.
lurid = shocking and disturbing
DefinitionGenerally lurid means:
shocking, as from disturbing details of a horrible story, or a color more vivid (bright or deep) than would be expected
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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manor
5 uses
She inherited the manor, but seldom visited it.
manor = a large house and the land around it
DefinitionGenerally manor means:
a large house of a lord or wealthy person; or the house and the land around it
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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morose
2 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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nevertheless
2 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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serpent
15 uses
a picture of a serpent eating its tail
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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tone
7 uses
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
tone = general feeling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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trace   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
found a trace of
There was not a trace of the defendant's DNA at the crime scene.
trace = a tiny quantity or indication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity or indication

The exact meaning of this sense of trace is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace." — any small indication that something was present
  • "She speaks English with just a trace of a southern accent." — a very small amount (especially an amount too small to be accurately measured)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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2  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
Early cat domestication is traced back to China over 5,000 years ago.
traced = found through investigation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of

This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something

    • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
    • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
    • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
    • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation

  • to research or report on the development of something

    • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
    • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on

  • to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something

    • She traces the progress of at-risk students — monitors information
    • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track

Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 18
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3  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
She used her finger to trace a route on the map.
trace = draw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • copying the outline of an image

    • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
    • She projected the image onto the wall, then hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil

  • draw an outline or a specific pattern

    • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
    • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw

Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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