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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 9
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beckon
12 uses
I should be studying, but television beckons me.
beckons = calls (in this case by being desirable and inviting)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to summon (call to join) with a gesture, or to be desirable and inviting
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Book12 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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bewilder
13 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book13 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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conjure
29 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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Book29 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = In opposition to what was just said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of on the contrary means:
in opposition to what was just said
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 30
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2  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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curt
10 uses
Her response was so curt it was almost rude.
curt = brief to the point of rudeness
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 12 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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3  —5 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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 29
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impartial
5 uses
An impartial judge is necessary for a fair trial.
impartial = without favoritism or bias
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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indignant
20 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Can she interpret Spanish to English for us?
interpret = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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2  —1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
stupefy
10 uses
The lawyer said his client was stupefied by the accusation.
stupefied = made unable to think
DefinitionGenerally stupefy means:
make one unable to think
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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