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agitate
5 uses
It took them days to get the story properly blown up and themselves agitated and then to calm down and assess the situation.
agitated = stirred up (excited)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
So they did it appropriately and well.
appropriately = in a suitable way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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arbor
6 uses
Yonder, not far, was a grape arbor Mr. Garner made.
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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cajole
1 use
cajoling her mother to eat a little now and then,
cajoling = gently persuading
DefinitionGenerally cajole means:
gently persuade
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chastise
5 uses
Schoolteacher had chastised that nephew,
chastised = scolded or criticized
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
Deferring to his slaves' opinions did not deprive him of authority or power.
deferring = submitting or yielding
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
Instead of sighs and accidents there was pointed and deliberate abuse.
deliberate = intentional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
Braced and heartened by that easy encounter, she picked up speed and began to look deliberately at the neighborhood surrounding her.
deliberately = with great care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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devious
1 use
Unfortunately her brain was devious.
devious = deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
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dominate
2 uses
she noticed neither competition between the two nor domination by one.
domination = control (of the other)
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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exhort
1 use
he exhorted her, pleaded with her not to quit, no matter what.
exhorted = strongly urged
DefinitionGenerally exhort means:
to urge strongly
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fugitive
9 uses
his rifle ready, his eyes trained away from the house to the left and to the right, because likely as not the fugitive would make a dash for it.
fugitive = someone who flees from 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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impregnable
1 use
The impregnable strength of him—earthing his feet near her shoulders.
impregnable = strong (able to withstand attack)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impregnable means:
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.
Perhaps it was the smile, or maybe the ever-ready love she saw in his eyes—easy and upfront, the way colts, evangelists and children look at you: with love you don't have to deserve—that made her go ahead and tell him what she had not told Baby Suggs, the only person she felt obliged to explain anything to.
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
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.
And Sethe would oblige her with anything from fabric to her own tongue.
oblige = grant a favor to someone
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
rendered her unconscious
The barker called them and their children names ... but the food on his vest and the hole in his pants rendered it fairly harmless.
rendered = to make or cause to become

(editor's note:  According to Wikipedia, Pickaninny is a potentially offensive derogatory term which refers to children of black descent or a racial caricature thereof.)
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
churned butter, rendered fat, laid fires....
rendered = extracted from (in this case melting fat down to lard)
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
with righteous resentment at what could have been his cowardice, or stupidity or bad luck
righteous = morally justified
DefinitionGenerally righteousness means:
morally correct
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tentative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
tentative greetings
tentative = cautious (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
It was April and everything alive was tentative.
tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
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