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altitude
3 uses
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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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audible
1 use
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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camouflage
1 use
The troops camouflaged themselves before they went into enemy territory.
camouflaged = made hard to see (in this case, probably by wearing colors or perhaps foliage to blend in)
DefinitionGenerally camouflage means:
the act of hiding something by making it blend in with its surroundings

or:

hiding the truth

or:

something that hides or deceives
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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comprised
1 use
The university is comprised of six colleges.
comprised = made up of (composed of)
DefinitionGenerally comprised means:
made up of (composed of); or included
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
When it is cold, the metal in the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
contracts = gets shorter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book6 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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dormant
1 use
We hiked on a dormant volcano.
dormant = not active, but capable of activity in the future
DefinitionGenerally dormant means:
not active or growing, but capable of doing so in the future
in various senses, including:
  • a volcano that is not erupting and not extinct
  • a plant not growing in the winter
  • a disease that is not currently causing harm or growing worse, but which is not cured and might grow worse in the future
  • a person's talents or feelings that are yet to be realized
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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exasperated
2 uses
She was exasperated by his teasing.
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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impair
1 use
Alcohol impairs the ability to drive safely.
impairs = makes worse
DefinitionGenerally impair means:
make worse or less effective
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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literally
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
literally--not figuratively
She wasn't literally advocating physical violence.
literally = using the most basic meaning of the words
DefinitionGenerally this sense of literally means:
actually true using the basic meaning of the words (not an exaggeration, metaphor, or other type of figurative speech)
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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oblivious
1 use
She is oblivious to the dangers.
oblivious = unaware of
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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persistent
1 use
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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positive
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a positive attitude
With a positive attitude and some effort, I'm sure we can make this work.
positive = optimistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sprain
3 uses
She sprained her ankle.
sprained = injured the ligaments of a joint caused by stretching them too far — most commonly injuring the ankle

(ligaments are the tough, fibrous bands that connect bones across joints)
DefinitionGenerally sprain means:
injury to the ligaments of a joint caused by stretching them too far — most commonly injuring the ankle

(ligaments are the tough, fibrous bands that connect bones across joints)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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turbulent
2 uses
I'm afraid of such turbulent rapids.
turbulent = rough (with irregular flow)
DefinitionGenerally turbulent means:
a state of disturbance and disorder

or:

of liquid or gas:  rough (rapid and irregular flow)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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unwitting
1 use
She unwittingly bought and sold stolen merchandise.
unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
DefinitionGenerally unwitting means:
not intentional (without knowledge)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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virtual
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
virtual organization
We call ourselves a virtual organization because we have no headquarters and no employees. But we are comprised of six key people who cooperate and assemble resources as needed to complete our projects.
virtual = to effectively be something without entirely being it
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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