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approach   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Book8 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 33
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3  —4 uses as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began speaking with someone about something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 42
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
98 uses
DNA evidence led to her arrest and conviction
DNA = the molecule that contains the genetic code
DefinitionGenerally deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) means:
cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book98 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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extraneous
1 use
She has a tendency to get distracted by extraneous details.
extraneous = not relevant or important to the matter under consideration
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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fetid
1 use
a fetid stench coming from the garbage pile
fetid = having a bad odor
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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foliage
39 uses
It's difficult to spot the birds in the foliage.
foliage = plant leaves
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Book39 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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hypothesis   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea or explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 48
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2  —1 use as in:
assume as a working hypothesis
For the purpose of discussion, let's accept that the hypothesis that she is guilty is true. What would we have expected her to do after the incident?
hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 48
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inherent
9 uses
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity of each person.
inherent = existing as an inseparable part or characteristic
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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paradigm
9 uses
We have incompatible paradigms.
paradigms = conceptual models
DefinitionGenerally paradigm means:
a conceptual model; or a standard example
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 48
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Keep it in perspective
She loses perspective and continually wants to change the plan in a manner that depends on the most recent complaint.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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phenomenon
7 uses
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that can be seen and is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
The test came back positive.
The pregnancy test was positive.
positive = it found the condition present
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
found a condition or substance to be present
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5
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sequential
9 uses
She has a gift for breaking a complex task into a simple series of sequential steps.
sequential = happening in a specific order — especially chronological order
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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