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adjacent
1 use
We stayed in adjacent hotel rooms.
adjacent = side-x-side (very near)
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 43, p.197.9
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appreciate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I appreciate her efforts.
I appreciate the importance of this decision.
appreciate = recognize
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appreciate means:
to recognize the value or importance of

and/or:

to be grateful for
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Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20, p.88.2
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book1 use
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.57.5
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assume
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I assume it's true
I assume she was at school today, but I don't remember actually seeing her.
assume = accept as true (without really knowing for sure)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
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Book1 use
Library67 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 48, p.220.4
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bacteria
5 uses
The infection is caused by a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
bacteria = microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them)
DefinitionGenerally bacteria means:
microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them) that can both cause disease and be beneficial. They are different and larger than viruses.
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35, p.157.3
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comprehend
2 uses
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book2 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 39, p.175.7
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delirium
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
delirious = mentally confused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delirium means:
a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29, p.128.8
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desolate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a desolate place
The photos show the desolate surface of the moon.
desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.11.7
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 38, p.171.3
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 43, p.196.8
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eviction
2 uses
The owner evicted the tenants because they didn't pay their rent.
evicted = forced someone to leave their home
DefinitionGenerally eviction means:
the process of forcing someone to leave a place — typically from a home due to non-payment
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43, p.190.7
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excavate
2 uses
While excavating to lay the foundation, we encountered an ancient burial mound.
excavating = digging
DefinitionGenerally excavate means:
to dig out
in various senses, including:
  • remove or lay bare — as when removing top soil to lay a foundation
  • find or uncover — as at an archaeological site
  • remove a part — as a tooth from the gum that surrounds it
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.34.1
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fugitive
2 uses
She is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
fugitives = people running away or hiding to avoid arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who is running away or hiding to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42, p.188.2
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initiate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
initiate discussions
The study concluded that women initiate divorce more frequently than men.
initiate = begin the process of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of initiate means:
to cause (something) to begin
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 46, p.208.3
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neutral
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a carbon-neutral building
All the bathrooms in the dorm are gender neutral.
neutral = not affected (in this case, bathrooms can be used by any gender)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of neutral means:
not affected by; or does not affect
The expression [x] neutral means two things do not affect each other. More specifically, it means one of two things depending upon context:
  • something is not affected by x — for example "a revenue neutral tax plan" does not affect the amount of revenue collected. (It might raise taxes in one area and reduce them in another so that the total tax revenue is unchanged.)
  • something does not affect x — for example "a carbon neutral home" is a home that does not affect carbon. Part of its design might include using solar energy to control climate rather than burning fossil fuels.
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 50, p.232.5
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recite
3 uses
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.76.9
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refuge
6 uses
The park serves as a refuge for wildlife.
refuge = safe place
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21, p.93.1
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 50, p.230.2
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tedious
3 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50, p.230
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trace
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found a trace of
There was not a trace of the defendant's DNA at the crime scene.
trace = a tiny quantity or indication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47, p.214.6
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