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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince

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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
The nurse accompanies the old woman everywhere.
accompanies = travels with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 25
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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bewilder
11 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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confide
13 uses
She confided in me. I won't repeat what was said.
confided = placed trust (in someone) by talking about private things
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
to place trust (in someone) by talking about private things or telling secrets
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Book13 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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deviate
1 use
She never deviated from her goal of getting a good education and becoming a teacher.
deviated = strayed (changed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deviate means:
differ or change
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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endure
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25
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incantation
11 uses
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
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incredulous
10 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
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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indifferent
9 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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indignant
11 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
Book11 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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loathe
8 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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ostentatious
2 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn't harm it.
tentatively = in a careful way (indicating a lack of confidence)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 19
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