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assiduous
1 use
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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1st useChapter 37
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 35
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desist
1 use
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useChapter 38
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disdain
3 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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efficacious
2 uses
The drug is safe and efficacious.
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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1st useChapter 18
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st useChapter 32
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grindstone
1 use
Do you have a grindstone to sharpen the knife?
grindstone = a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish
DefinitionGenerally grindstone means:
a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish

or:

work — as in the expressions "back to the grindstone" (back to work) or "keep your nose to the grindstone" (keep working hard)
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1st useChapter 12
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indulgent
4 uses
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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1st useChapter 21
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malevolent
7 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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
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1st useChapter 18
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The penthouse window gives a perspective on half the city.
perspective = view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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1st useChapter 7
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peruse
5 uses
Please peruse this report at your leisure.
peruse = read or examine
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 9
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shrewd
7 uses
She is a shrewd negotiator.
shrewd = smart
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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stagnate
1 use
We don't want the economy to stagnate.
stagnate = stay still or not develop
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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1st useChapter 11
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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1st useChapter 1
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supine
1 use
The Olympic luge team hits speeds of 80 m.p.h. while supine on their sled.
supine = lying down face upward
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1st useChapter 2
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sycophant
1 use
He was a sycophant to Stalin.
sycophant = a person who tries to flatter or please someone in authority in order to gain personal advantage
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1st useChapter 32
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wallow
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
wallow in self-pity
Don't wallow in your sorrows.
wallow = indulge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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1st useChapter 24
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