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approach
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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archbishop
21 uses
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the principal leader of the Church of England.
archbishop = a bishop of highest rank (in charge of other bishops and churches)
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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digress
2 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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diligent
13 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
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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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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haughty
11 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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impetuous
3 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
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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insipid
3 uses
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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lucid
13 uses
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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nostalgia
21 uses
The music makes me feel nostalgic.
nostalgic = happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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rancor
10 uses
She made the suggestion to reduce the partisan rancor.
rancor = feelings of deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
renounce
13 uses
Israel asks that they renounce their stated intention of wiping it off the map.
renounce = to formally reject, give up, or turn away from

(as in to give up the power of a monarch, to change belief , behavior, support, or association)
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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repudiate
4 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 19 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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2  —4 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
3  —8 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = solved or settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
we follow a rigorous procedure
She followed the procedures rigorously.
rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
thorough and careful procedures
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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