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accord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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attain
2 uses
She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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burnish
1 use
burnished bronze
burnished = polished
DefinitionGenerally burnish means:
polish and make shiny — especially metal

or more generally:  to improve something — especially the impression that something makes
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congregate
1 use
Planned demonstrations never materialized as a heavy presence of police and soldiers made it impossible for protesters to congregate.
congregate = gather together
DefinitionGenerally congregate means:
come together as a group
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conscientious
1 use
She is conscientious in the lab.
conscientious = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally conscientious means:
careful to do what is right—especially to perform duties in a thorough manner (as when guided by conscience)
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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devise
2 uses
She plans to devise something to launch water balloons.
devise = come up with (invent or create)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devise means:
to come up with a way of doing something — typically a creative idea or plan
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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humiliate
2 uses
She felt humiliated by his public insults.
humiliated = extremely embarrassed (feeling decreased dignity)
DefinitionGenerally humiliate means:
extremely embarrass (decrease dignity, self-respect, or pride — especially in front of others)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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mutilate
2 uses
The murder mutilates his victims bodies before killing them.
mutilates = severely damages — for example by cutting up
DefinitionGenerally mutilate means:
severely damage — for example by cutting up
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perceptible
2 uses
The car makes a barely perceptible clicking sound at high speeds.
perceptible = capable of being noticed
DefinitionGenerally perceptible means:
capable of being noticed — typically because it is different enough or large enough
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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phosphorescence
6 uses
She loves to swim in the ocean on nights when phosphorescence shines in her wake.
phosphorescence = a dim glowing light
DefinitionGenerally phosphorescence means:
a dim glowing light

or more technically:  a fluorescence (dim light)  created by a chemical reaction within a living organism; or a dim light that continues to shine from something after the bombarding radiation (stronger light that fell upon it) has ceased
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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precede
1 use
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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proprietor
2 uses
After 40 years of greeting guests in person, the proprietor is retiring.
proprietor = the owner of a business
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
resolution = determination
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scythe
3 uses
fell like grass before a scythe
scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
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sever
2 uses
She severed an artery.
severed = cut all the way through
DefinitionGenerally sever means:
to split something into two unconnected parts — usually by cutting

or:

to break up a relationship; or separate from something
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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species
1 use
It is an endangered species.
species = a similar group of animals or plants identified as separate from others because they can interbreed with each other
DefinitionGenerally species means:
a similar group of animals or plants identified as separate from others because they can interbreed (create baby animals)  with each other
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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tentative
1 use
1  —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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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treachery
3 uses
Benedict Arnold remains the U.S.'s symbol of ultimate treachery.
treachery = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a wagon wallowed through the mud
The tractor wallowed through the mud.
wallowed = moved with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to move with difficulty; or perhaps just to move through water or in a rolling/wave-like manner
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