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apprehensive
13 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 29
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centaur
76 uses
Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book76 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 30 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
2  —22 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
Book22 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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3  —3 uses 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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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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4  —1 use 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
Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 28
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discord
1 use
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
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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disparage
2 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
doleful
4 uses
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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expulsion
40 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
Book40 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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incredulous
13 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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inquisitor
31 uses
15th century inquisitors were on the lookout for witches.
inquisitors = a questioner who is excessively harsh
DefinitionGenerally inquisitor means:
a questioner who is excessively harsh

or:

an officer of the Inquisition
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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interpret
8 uses
1  —8 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
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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ominous
17 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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rectify
2 uses
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = make right or correct
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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relevant
3 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
supercilious
2 uses
I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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