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afflict
1 use
She is afflicted by diabetes.
afflicted = made to suffer
DefinitionGenerally afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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altitude
1 use
The altitude gave her a headache.
altitude = elevation (height above sea level)
DefinitionGenerally altitude means:
elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth's surface

or:

(metaphorically) a desirable height
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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authenticate
3 uses
The expert authenticated her signature.
authenticated = established that something is real or what people say it is
DefinitionGenerally authenticate means:
establish that something is real or what people say it is
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
It takes longer for babies to learn to voice back-of-the-mouth consonants (like k) than front-of-the-mouth consonants (like p).
consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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distinct
2 uses
Martinez and his colleagues identified 21 distinct emotions made by the human face.
distinct = different
DefinitionGenerally distinct means:
clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43
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grotesque
1 use
The disease causes grotesque deformity.
grotesque = ugly distorted
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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increment
1 use
They charge for international calls in six second increments.
increments = regular measures of increase
DefinitionGenerally increment means:
an increase — especially in small, consistent amounts; or the amount of increase
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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indefinitely
1 use
I need a deadline. This can not go on indefinitely.
indefinitely = for an unspecified, but long period of time
DefinitionGenerally indefinitely means:
an unspecified, but long period of time; or forever
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 48
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perimeter
1 use
Don't go beyond the perimeter of the campgrounds.
perimeter = the outer edge
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge — in various senses such as:
  • stay inside the defensive perimeter — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • on the city's perimeter — one of the outer edges of the city
  • What is the perimeter? — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape — such as a square
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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precarious
1 use
Her footing on the ladder looked precarious.
precarious = unsafe or unsure
DefinitionGenerally precarious means:
unsafe or unsure — especially in danger of falling
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44
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preposterous
1 use
They can't be seriously considering such a preposterous idea.
preposterous = absurd, outrageous, silly, or completely unreasonable
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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protrude
1 use
Metal spikes protrude from the dog's collar.
protrude = stick out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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rant
1 use
The captain is ranting and roaring about our lack of military discipline.
ranting = complaining or verbally attacking in an excited rather than thoughtful way
DefinitionGenerally rant means:
to complain or verbally attack in an excited rather than thoughtful way
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47
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recede
1 use
Her unhappy childhood memories receded as she grew older.
receded = diminished (decreased)
DefinitionGenerally recede means:
to move away or diminish

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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Shakespeare
1 use
As Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
Shakespeare = English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language (1564-1616)
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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stifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
stifling the urge
These excessive rules that stifle creativity.
stifle = suppress
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to suppress (prevent something or decrease its development) — often political freedom
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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strenuous
1 use
The doctor recommended strenuous exercise three times a week.
strenuous = difficult or performed energetically
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
characterizes physical or mental actions as difficult or requiring endurance; or as performed energetically
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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suppress
1 use
The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
suppressed = kept or tried to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45
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toxic
1 use
She suffered from exposure to toxic substances.
toxic = poisonous or harmful
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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