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apathy
1 use
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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astute
1 use
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
astute = smart and perceptive
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
cleave = to split or cut through something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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coherent
1 use
She is more coherent now than she was just after the accident an hour ago.
coherent = sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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component
2 uses
It has only three major components.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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diagnose
5 uses
She diagnosed the disease as...
diagnosed = determine or identify the nature of a problem or an illness
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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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fidget
8 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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Book8 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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imply
2 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 26
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impregnable
2 uses
an impregnable fortress
impregnable = able to withstand attack
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
She was suffering from alcohol-induced stupidity.
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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intuitive
1 use
The were perfect partners—one highly intuitive and the other highly analytical.
intuitive = based on feeling or instinct rather than conscious reasoning

or:

easy to understand without training or study
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
She's so busy, she's liable to forget.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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notorious
2 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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parched
2 uses
Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
parched = dried out
DefinitionGenerally parched means:
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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provocative
1 use
Her provocative article is sure to create debate.
provocative = tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate — especially controversy, sexual desire, or anger
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 28
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 29
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
The class was equally interesting and rigorous.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25
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secluded
11 uses
She has been secluded in her bedroom since receiving the information.
secluded = separated from the presence of others
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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therapeutic
20 uses
I asked for a therapeutic massage, but it really hurt.
therapeutic = tending to cure or restore to health
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Book20 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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