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anecdote
1 use
Her autobiography is sprinkled with amusing anecdotes.
anecdotes = short, true stories
DefinitionGenerally anecdote means:
a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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anguish
5 uses
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme distress of body or mind
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
apathy
2 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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avid
3 uses
She's an avid sports fan.
avid = enthusiastic
DefinitionGenerally avid means:
enthusiastic or strongly interested
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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condemn
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced to punishment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
deport
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
deport from the U.S.
The government deported her.
deported = forced (someone) to leave the country
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
force someone to leave a country
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
devour   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
devoured three sandwiches
The lions devoured the antelope.
devoured = ate rapidly and completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devour means:
eat rapidly and completely — usually due to being very hungry
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
devoured by flames
The entire block was devoured in the fire.
devoured = consumed or destroyed completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devour means:
to consume or destroy completely
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
dominate
2 uses
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
encumber
2 uses
Digital distribution is encumbered by old copyright law.
encumbered = hindered (made more difficult)
DefinitionGenerally encumber means:
hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
expulsion
6 uses
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out — in this case, kicking someone out of school
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
indifferent
7 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Can she interpret Spanish to English for us?
interpret = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
I don't know how to interpret her smile.
interpret = understand (In this case: Why did she smile? What does it mean?)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
liberate
6 uses
She works to liberate the religious minority from persecution.
liberate = set free
DefinitionGenerally liberate means:
to set free — as from prison or political oppression
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
nevertheless
2 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
optimistic
4 uses
I'm optimistic that I'll get into a good college.
optimistic = expecting the best
DefinitionGenerally optimistic means:
expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
ration
25 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount available to people
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
reprieve
2 uses
The Governor granted him a reprieve two hours before his scheduled execution.
reprieve = delay or halt punishment
DefinitionGenerally reprieve means:
delay or halt punishment; or a warrant granting such — especially a death sentence

or:

relieve temporarily
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
synagogue
11 uses
They were arrested for planning to bomb a series of synagogues.
synagogues = places where members of the Jewish faith worship
DefinitionGenerally synagogue means:
a place of worship for a people of the Jewish faith
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
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