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apparent
4 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book4 uses
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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assets
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it's one of her best assets
The University is one of the city's greatest assets.
assets = positive traits or things of value
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assets means:
any positive trait or thing of value
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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corrosive
1 use
Titanium is resistant to the corrosive effect.
corrosive = damaging (in this case through chemical reaction)
DefinitionGenerally corrosive means:
damaging or harmful — such as when describing a strong acid or bad behavior

or (more rarely):

something causing damage or harm — such as a strong acid
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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detach
1 use
She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn't care about him any more.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from emotions)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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embedded
1 use
cactus needles embedded in my shoulder
embedded = firmly stuck into
DefinitionGenerally embedded means:
firmly within — such as:
  • firmly stuck into — as a thorn into a finger
  • enclosed within — as a fossil within a rock
  • implanted as a part — sometimes specifically of a reporter living with a military unit
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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emerge
1 use
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Book1 use
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book1 use
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use
technical usage
The satellite dish focuses the signal into a relatively narrow beam.
focuses = concentrates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:

  • physics — a point where things come together such as the point where light rays meet

  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)

  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake



See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gratification
1 use
to my gratification she arrived on time
gratification = great satisfaction (pleasure)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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horde
1 use
A horde of reporters descended on the small town.
horde = a large number
DefinitionGenerally horde means:
a very large number — typically of people or animals/insects on the move
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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indicate
3 uses
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
indicated = pointed out (shown)
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Book3 uses
Library38 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2
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infuriate
1 use
She was infuriated by his rude behavior.
infuriated = made very angry or annoyed
DefinitionGenerally infuriate means:
to make very angry or annoyed
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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mockery
1 use
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book1 use
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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oblivious
1 use
She is oblivious to the dangers.
oblivious = unaware of
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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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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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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remnant
1 use
They are working to eliminate remnants of al-Qaeda in that area.
remnants = a small amount that remains after the rest is gone
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scarcity
1 use
There is a scarcity of work in the region.
scarcity = shortage (an amount that is less than desired)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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sear
1 use
She seared the steak.
seared = with the surface burned by intense heat
DefinitionGenerally sear means:
burn the surface with intense heat; or burn something unpleasant into memory
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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stymie
1 use
Treatment for drug addiction is often stymied by unaddressed psychiatric conditions that underlie the addiction.
stymied = prevented
DefinitionGenerally stymie means:
to prevent something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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wither
1 use
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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