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abate
2 uses
The storm abated.
abated = became less in amount or intensity
DefinitionGenerally abate means:
to become less in amount or intensity
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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
Library7 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
Library13 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 without moving it

or:

hiding the truth

or:

something that hides or deceives
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Book1 use
Library5 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 bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
contracts = gets shorter or smaller
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
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Book1 use
Library9 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
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: 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
Library53 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
Library12 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 — such as:
  • a volcano that is not erupting and not extinct
  • a plant not growing in the winter
  • a persons 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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epilogue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the novel's epilogue
The novel's epilogue summarized their lives after the marriage.
epilogue = an afterward or concluding passage added at the end of a literary work
DefinitionGenerally this sense of epilogue means:
an afterward or concluding passage added at the end of a literary work — often to summarize events occurring many years after the main story ends
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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exasperated
2 uses
She was exasperated by his teasing.
exasperated = greatly annoyed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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glacier
2 uses
Scientist believe Europe will continue to face greater glacier retreat due to global warming.
glacier = a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river

(editor's note:  To see pictures, click on the Google Images link that is shown after clicking on the word link.)
DefinitionGenerally glacier means:
a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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 (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 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 = actually (not figuratively; not an exaggeration)
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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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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 1000
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
Library2 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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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