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authenticate
3 uses
How did they authenticate that it was painted by Leonardo da Vinci?
authenticate = prove or show
DefinitionGenerally authenticate means:
establish that something is real or legitimate
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47, p.215.1
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coincidence
2 uses
It was a pure coincidence that both got sick the same weekend.
coincidence = a situation where things happened at the same time by chance even though it was unlikely
DefinitionGenerally coincidence means:
a situation where two things happened at the same time or in the same way by chance even though it was unlikely

(for example, if two students in the same class met by accident while visiting another country)
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.24.5
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = sorry
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40, p.179.4
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deft
2 uses
She painted with deft, swift touches.
deft = skillful
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.32.9
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fidget
2 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
to make small restless movements
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32, p.145.1
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incarcerate
1 use
About 7 out each 1,000 Americans is incarcerated.
incarcerated = in prison or jail
DefinitionGenerally incarcerate means:
put in prison, or otherwise confine
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 48, p.222.8
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increment
1 use
Bidding starts at $100 with minimum increments of $10.
increments = increases
DefinitionGenerally increment means:
one of a series of increases; or the amount of an increase — especially in small, consistent amounts
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37, p.167.8
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parched
2 uses
Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
parched = dried out
DefinitionGenerally parched means:
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24, p.106
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perimeter
1 use
Don't go beyond the perimeter of the campgrounds.
perimeter = outer edges
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge
The exact meaning of perimeter can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Stay inside the defensive perimeter." — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • "It is common on the city's perimeter." — the outer edges of the city
  • "What is the perimeter of the square?" — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.28.4
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precarious
1 use
Her footing on the ladder looked precarious.
precarious = unsure (in danger of falling)
DefinitionGenerally precarious means:
unsafe or in danger of getting worse — especially in danger of falling
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44, p.202.3
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precipice
2 uses
She approached and then pulled back from the precipice.
precipice = steep cliff (or other dangerous situation)
DefinitionGenerally precipice means:
a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38, p.171.1
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premise
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
located on the premises
She was injured on the premises of the defendant.
premises = property
DefinitionGenerally this sense of premises means:
land and/or buildings — especially of a business or organization
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.12.2
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presumption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
presumption of innocence
I presumed she was an expert since she spoke so confidently.
presumed = assumed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
to think of something as true or likely, even though it is not known with certainty
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16, p.74.4
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proper noun
1 use
A common noun refers to a class of entity (e.g., girl) whereas a proper noun refers to an individual entity (e.g., Isabella).
proper noun = part-of-speech for a name
DefinitionGenerally proper noun means:
in grammar, the part-of-speech for the name of a person, place, or organization — almost always written with an initial capital letter
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22, p.97.9
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ratio
2 uses
There is much interesting study on the predictive value of the ratio of the length of the index finger to the ring finger within a given gender and race.
ratio = relative lengths
DefinitionGenerally ratio means:
the relative magnitudes of two quantities — often expressed as a:b (which could also be expressed as the fraction a/b)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3, p.7.5
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stationery
6 uses
It was a form-letter, but written on the President's stationery with a White House return address.
stationery = paper and envelopes for writing letters
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.6.4
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stock
2 uses
She bought Google stock before it doubled in value.
stock = shares of ownership of different corporations
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stock means:
shares of ownership of a corporation
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.9.6
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strenuous
1 use
The doctor recommended strenuous exercise three times a week.
strenuous = difficult (requiring much effort)
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
energetic; or physically or mentally difficult or requiring endurance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46, p.210.9
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suppress
1 use
She claimed that Facebook suppressed and promoted news that met a political agenda.
suppressed = kept from spreading
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45, p.205.7
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writhe
2 uses
The patient writhed in pain.
writhed = moved in a twisting or contorted motion
DefinitionGenerally writhe means:
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22, p.99.8
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