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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = clever and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
need to deliberate
We deliberated into the evening.
deliberated = thought and discussed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book13 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
deliberate = careful and slow
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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diligent
6 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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disdain
10 uses
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
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 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
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Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 29
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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 10
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11
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impetuous
6 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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moccasin
22 uses
The sole of a moccasin is soft and flexible.
moccasin = soft leather shoe traditionally worn by Native Americans
DefinitionGenerally moccasin means:
a soft leather shoe traditionally worn by Native Americans.
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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prudent
9 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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remonstrate
6 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
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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render
1 use
1  —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
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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venerate
12 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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