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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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aesthetic
2 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
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consternation
2 uses
With a look of consternation, her teacher asked if anyone had done the reading.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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daunt
1 use
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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diversity
3 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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frivolous
2 uses
Instead of helping, her remarks were frivolous.
frivolous = not serious
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
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innate
1 use
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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laconic
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I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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migrate
4 uses
The birds migrate in the Winter.
migrate = move from one place to another
DefinitionGenerally migrate means:
move from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a negative attitude
Don't be so negative. We'll find a way to make this work.
negative = pessimistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
pessimistic (emphasizing bad things) or disagreeable
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nocturnal
3 uses
The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
nocturnal = active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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putrid
1 use
The meat was putrid and covered with maggots.
putrid = in an advanced state of decomposition with a foul odor
DefinitionGenerally putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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rapacious
1 use
She is a rapacious land developer with no concern for the environment.
rapacious = excessively greedy — often destructive
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redundant
2 uses
What is clarifying for one reader can be a redundant distraction for another.
redundant = more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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requisition
1 use
The surveillance recordings were requisitioned by police to identify the thief.
requisitioned = officially demanded
DefinitionGenerally requisition means:
to officially request, demand, or take something; or the form used to make such a request
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somnolent
1 use
She argues that the organization has grown somnolent and needs shaking up.
somnolent = drowsy (sleepy)
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sonorous
1 use
The candidate discussed weighty matters in rich, sonorous tones.
sonorous = (of sound:) full and deep
DefinitionGenerally sonorous means:
full and deep sounding
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virulent
3 uses
A virulent form of the infectious disease spread through the country.
virulent = very bad
DefinitionGenerally virulent means:
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

or

harsh or hateful
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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