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abundant
12 uses
I caught nothing the whole day, not even in the late afternoon, when marine life appeared in abundance.
abundance = large amount or quantity
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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Book12 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4
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apathy
2 uses
You are so bored you sink into a state of apathy close to a coma.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 77-80
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
I would like to add a third, to wit, the rapid and direct approach of a known killer.†
approach = getting near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book3 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41-44
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
I decided on a more direct approach.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 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
In fact, the buoyancy of the life jackets was such that they...
buoyancy = tendency 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
There were sharks too; they also leapt out of the water, not so cleanly but with devastating consequence for some dorados.†
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book1 use
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 61-64
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
People have a notion that animals can eat anything without the least consequence to their health.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5-8
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contrast
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The weird contrast between the bright, striped, living orange of his coat and the inert white of the boat's hull was incredibly compelling.
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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useA.N.
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
I wish I could convey the perfection of a seal slipping into water or a spider monkey swinging from point to point or a lion merely turning its head.†
convey = communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1-4
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copious
1 use
I always made sure I was there before him, copiously marking my territory with urine so that he didn't forget who was who and what was whose.
copiously = abundant (large in quantity)
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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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...the bats' discordant concerts of squeaking and chattering.
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 1-4
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Each to him was a triumph of logic and mechanics, and nature as a whole was an exceptionally fine illustration of science.†
illustration = something that helps clarify or demonstrate

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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 5-8
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2  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
I suspect she suspected that I had a different take on the matter, but she never said anything when as a child I devoured the comic books of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and an illustrated children's Bible and other stories of the gods.†
illustrated = accompanied by drawings
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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-24
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imam
15 uses
The imam and the priest nodded.
imam = a Muslim leader
DefinitionGenerally imam means:
Islam:  the person who leads prayers in a mosque

or for Shiites:  a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law, and a spiritual guide
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
At night, by some chemical process unknown to me but obviously inhibited by sunlight, the predatory algae turned highly acidic and the ponds became vats of acid that digested the fish.†
inhibited = limited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 89-92
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
All hurt and frustration fell away and I positively blazed with joy.†
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29-32
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
I assigned this tension to the new environment of the island; any change, even positive, will make an animal tense.†
positive = good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 89-92
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sloth
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a sloth in the tree
As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.
sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Because of the gnawing feeling that no matter how hard they work their efforts will yield nothing, that what they build up in one year will be torn down in one day by others.†
yield = produce
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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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
I ran the ropes around the tarpaulin hooks on the opposite side of the bow; every time a rope yielded a little, I secured my gain before the rope slipped back.†
yielded = gave way (moved) (in this case, loosened)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 65-68
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