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aesthetic
4 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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altitude
62 uses
The altitude gave her a headache.
altitude = elevation (height above sea level)
DefinitionGenerally altitude means:
elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth's surface

or:

(metaphorically) a desirable height
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Book62 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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approximate
9 uses
The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
approximately = about (but not exactly)
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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atrophy
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
correspond = are equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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3  —4 uses as in:
foreign correspondent of the paper
Let's get a report from our correspondent in Mexico City.
correspondent = reporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondent means:
a reporter — typically from a foreign country or with a particular expertise
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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disparate
1 use
We discussed disparate ideas.
disparate = very different
DefinitionGenerally disparate means:
very different — often referring to a collection of very different elements such as a group of very different people
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —7 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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glacier
59 uses
Scientist believe Europe will continue to face greater glacier retreat due to global warming.
glacier = a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river

(editor's note:  To see pictures, click on the Google Images link that is shown after clicking on the word link.)
DefinitionGenerally glacier means:
a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river
Word Statistics
Book59 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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meticulous
4 uses
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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Nepal
59 uses
Nepal, has the lowest per capita income in South Asia.
Nepal = a small country high in the Himalayas between India and China
Word Statistics
Book59 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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notorious
6 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reprehensible
2 uses
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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Tibet
28 uses
The Dalai Lama is Tibet's leader-in-exile.
Tibet = an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China; located in the Himalayas
DefinitionGenerally Tibet means:
an autonomous region of China; located in the Himalayas

or (when the Government of Tibet in Exile and the Tibetan refugee community abroad refer to Tibet):  a much larger area consisting of three traditional provinces
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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transpire
4 uses
We do not yet know what will transpire at tomorrow's meeting.
transpire = happen; or become known
DefinitionGenerally transpire means:
to happen; or to become known
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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vertical
28 uses
The architect used long vertical lines to pull the eye upward.
vertical = oriented straight up and down (90 degrees relative to the floor)
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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