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ambiguous
1 use
Her answer was ambiguous.
ambiguous = unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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apparent
13 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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atrophy
2 uses
Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
atrophy = wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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colleague
8 uses
The surgeon consulted his colleagues.
colleagues = fellow workers
DefinitionGenerally colleague means:
fellow worker — especially in a respected profession such as teaching, medicine, or law
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conflagration
1 use
sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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convivial
2 uses
They have convivial gatherings the second Tuesday of each month.
convivial = friendly and fun
DefinitionGenerally convivial means:
friendly and fun — especially (when of a person) fond of the pleasures of good company
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debilitate
2 uses
She suffers from debilitating migraine headaches.†
debilitating = to weaken
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efficacious
1 use
The drug is safe and efficacious.
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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expiate
1 use
She knows she can't expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
expiate = make up for (do enough good to make up for the wrongs)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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hedonist
1 use
I'm a hedonist when it comes to chocolate.
hedonist = someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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indifferent
1 use
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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meticulous
1 use
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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philanthropy
1 use
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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putrid
1 use
The meat was putrid and covered with maggots.
putrid = in an advanced state of decomposition with a foul odor
DefinitionGenerally putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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redolent
1 use
The film is redolent of the early Harry Potter movies.
redolent = reminiscent (serving to bring to mind)
DefinitionGenerally redolent means:
reminiscent (serving to bring to mind)

or:

or smelling like something; or having a sweet fragrance
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torpid
1 use
The news has stirred the country's usually torpid parliament to action.
torpid = slow or inactive
DefinitionGenerally torpid means:
of people:  slow or inactive — usually resulting from a lack of energy and interest

or:

of animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a hibernated or dormant state all winter)
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zenith
1 use
He met her when her career was at its zenith.
zenith = highest point
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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