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abundant
11 uses
Farmers in the region enjoy good soil, moderate temperatures, and an abundant supply of water.
abundant = present in great quantity
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Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41-44
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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 69-72
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buoyant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
buoyant force or market
Swimmers are more buoyant in salt water than in fresh water.
buoyant = tending to float
DefinitionGenerally this sense of buoyant means:
tending to float or rise; or making other things float
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53-56
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use 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)
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Book1 use
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 61-64
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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
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5-8
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contrast
4 uses
1  —4 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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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useA.N.
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copious
1 use
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 89-92
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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2  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
She claims she can divine the future with a crystal ball.
divine = to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-24
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Hinduism
36 uses
Hindu/Muslim discord resulted in partitioning and violence in post-colonial India.
Hindu = the third most common religion; polytheistic (many gods) with most adherents in India
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Book36 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-16
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5-8
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2  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-24
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imam
15 uses
The Imam was trained in Saudi Arabia.
imam = the man who leads prayers in a mosque
DefinitionGenerally imam means:
Islam:  the man who leads prayers in a mosque

or for Shiites:  a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law, and is a spiritual guide
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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Krishna
16 uses
There are many stories of Krishna's mischievous youth.
Krishna = 8th and most important avatar of Vishnu; incarnated as a handsome young man playing a flute
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Book16 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-16
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses 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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Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29-32
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 89-92
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sloth
18 uses
It is difficult to change the habit of sloth.
sloth = laziness
DefinitionGenerally sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)

or:

a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4
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unremitting
3 uses
Lacking food, I suffered the unremitting demands of hunger.
unremitting = in a manner that continues without a break
DefinitionGenerally unremitting means:
continuing without a break
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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yield
2 uses
1  —1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 29-32
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