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bewilder
11 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book11 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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confide
13 uses
She confided in her parents.
confided = told with the understanding that what was told would be kept secret
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
tell with the understanding that what is told will be kept secret
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library11 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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library11 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
Library6 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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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 21
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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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enmity
1 use
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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flourish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the business is flourishing
The children are flourishing.
flourishing = thriving (growing or developing well)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
to thrive (grow or develop well)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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2  —1 use as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
She entered with a great flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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incantation
10 uses
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = creating a magical effect by saying words aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 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; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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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
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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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 = detest or intensely dislike
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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 = having 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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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 = done 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)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 19
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