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agitate
5 uses
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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arbor
6 uses
The arbor provided a shady resting place in the park.
arbor = a framework that supports climbing plants
DefinitionGenerally this sense of arbor means:
a framework that supports climbing plants; or a shady rest area made by such a framework or by trees and shrubs
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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cajole
1 use
She is working to convince, cajole, and pressure other Representatives to vote for the bill.
cajole = gently persuade
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chastise
5 uses
She said the United Nations resolution amounted to chastising Israel for wanting to exist.
chastising = scolding or criticizing
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
deliberate = done with great care — often slowly
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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devious
1 use
She is devious and will do anything to win.
devious = deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
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dominate
2 uses
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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exhort
1 use
I have exhorted and encouraged her, but it has to be her decision.
exhorted = urged strongly
DefinitionGenerally exhort means:
to urge strongly
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fugitive
9 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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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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impregnable
1 use
an impregnable fortress
impregnable = able to withstand attack
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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2  —1 use as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully.
rendered = played (portrayed or gave her interpretation of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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righteousness
5 uses
extremism fed by unquestioned belief in the righteousness of their cause
righteousness = moral correctness
DefinitionGenerally righteousness means:
morally correct
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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tentative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn't harm it.
tentatively = done in a careful way indicating a lack of confidence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
a tentative plan
My plans are still tentative.
tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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