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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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apprehensive
5 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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conjure
10 uses
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle (something so it no longer requires attention)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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diverse
1 use
The college wants a diverse student body.
diverse = varied — in this case consisting of a population of different kinds of people — such as different ethnic groups and genders
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
She claims she can divine the future with a crystal ball.
divine = to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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enmity
1 use
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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expulsion
13 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
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
I don't know how to interpret her smile.
interpret = understand (In this case: Why did she smile? What does it mean?)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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malevolent
2 uses
She tells vicious lies and spreads malevolent rumors.
malevolent = evil
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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malicious
7 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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mundane
2 uses
I'm going to have to spend all of Saturday running errands and doing mundane chores.
mundane = ordinary — possibly boring
DefinitionGenerally mundane means:
ordinary or lacking interest or excitement — possibly to the point of being boring

or more rarely:

belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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omen
11 uses
He looked for an omen before going into battle.
omen = a sign of what would happen
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11
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reprove
3 uses
She's the kind of boss who reproves in private and praises in public.
reproves = criticizes
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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stifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
stifling the urge
These excessive rules that stifle creativity.
stifle = suppress
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to suppress (prevent something or decrease its development) — often political freedom
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —4 uses as in:
the heat is stifling
It was a hot, humid, stifling day.
stifling = making it difficult to breath
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to make breathing difficult or impossible — often from heat or humidity
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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yield
2 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 14
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