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bestow
13 uses
They gave her the highest honor they can bestow.
bestow = give (as an honor)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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compel
16 uses
Does our DNA compel us to act as we do?
compel = force
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 24
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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eulogy
1 use
She gave the eulogy at his funeral.
eulogy = formal speech praising someone at their funeral
DefinitionGenerally eulogy means:
a formal expression of praise — typically a speech given at someone's funeral
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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forbearance
6 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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fugitive
15 uses
She is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
fugitives = people running away or hiding to avoid arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who is running away or hiding to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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manifest
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Domestic violence doesn't always manifest as physical abuse.
manifest = show (make itself known)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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oblige
19 uses
1  —19 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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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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oppress   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
oppressive government
The regime oppresses its people.
oppresses = harshly and unfairly dominates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to dominate harshly and unfairly; or to make suffer
The meaning of oppress depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The authorities oppress political activists," or "The new nation oppressed Native Americans." — to dominate harshly and unfairly
  • "She is oppressed by excessive debt." - made to suffer
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
oppressive heat
The heat is oppressive.
oppressive = uncomfortable (weighs heavily on the senses or spirit)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
Web Links
persecution
22 uses
Everyone knows about the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
persecution = very bad and unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10
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pious
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
prudent
7 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
Web Links
remonstrate
4 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
Web Links
render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 31
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
resolve
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
wretch
4 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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