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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) for a particular situation
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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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) that can both cause disease and be beneficial.
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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coincidence
2 uses
It was a pure coincidence that both got sick the same weekend.
coincidence = a state where the cause of events was accidental rather than related
DefinitionGenerally coincidence means:
a chance occurrence that seems like it was arranged

(for example, if two students in the same class met by accident while on vacation in another country)
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 39
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delirium
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
delirious = a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47
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eviction
2 uses
The landlord evicted the tenants after they had not paid the rent for four months.
evicted = to force someone to leave — typically from the place they have lived, and typically due to non-payment
DefinitionGenerally eviction means:
to force someone to leave — typically from the place they have lived due to non-payment
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43
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excavate
2 uses
While excavating to lay the foundation, we encountered an ancient burial mound.
excavating = digging out purposefully
DefinitionGenerally excavate means:
to dig out purposefully — such as:
  • 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
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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fidget
2 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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fugitive
2 uses
She is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
fugitives = people fleeing law enforcement officers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who flees from an unpleasant situation — especially fleeing law enforcement officers
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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incarcerate
1 use
the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life
incarcerated = imprisoned (put in prison)
DefinitionGenerally incarcerate means:
put in prison, or otherwise confine
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 48
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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
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 46
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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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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perseverance
2 uses
Her perseverance was finally rewarded.
perseverance = continued effort to achieve something despite difficulties
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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precipice
2 uses
She approached and then pulled back from the precipice.
precipice = a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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ratio
2 uses
The ratio of the 2nd to 4th finger length predicts spatial ability in men.
ratio = 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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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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
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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refuge
6 uses
The park serves as a refuge for wildlife.
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 50
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tedious
3 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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