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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Pope)

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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bestow
44 uses
They gave her the highest honor they can bestow.
bestow = give (as an honor)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
Word Statistics
Book44 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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cease
74 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book74 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 16
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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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
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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 21
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disdain
22 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
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 14
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —9 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
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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2  —2 uses 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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 20
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hospitable
45 uses
a good-natured and hospitable man
hospitable = welcoming
DefinitionGenerally hospitable means:
welcoming
in various senses, including:
  • inclined to treat guests well — as in "She is good-natured and hospitable."
  • favorable to life and growth — as in "The climate is hospitable to roses."
  • open to new ideas or change — as in "The organization is hospitable to new ideas."
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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indulge
24 uses
She indulges her children more than is good for them.
indulges = allows them to get their way (gives into their desire)
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 9
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mentor
22 uses
Each new employee is matched with a mentor.
mentor = someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced
DefinitionGenerally mentor means:
someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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mortal
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel marketing ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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pensive
38 uses
She paced back and forth in the hospital waiting room—looking pensive.
pensive = appearing deep in thought
DefinitionGenerally pensive means:
appearing deep in thought — typically looking sad or serious
Word Statistics
Book38 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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perish
20 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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vengeance
56 uses
1  —56 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
Most Americans wanted vengeance after the 9-11 attacks.
vengeance = revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
Word Statistics
Book56 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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wrath
40 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 12
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 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 useBook 24
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2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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