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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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delirium   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
delirious = a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
delirious with joy
The basketball fans were delirious.
delirious = in a state of having been taken over by excitement or emotion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delirium means:
a state of having been taken over by excitement or emotion
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 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
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Book8 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19
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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)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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inhabitant
20 uses
What will traffic be like if the city has twice as many inhabitants?
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Book20 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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insomnia
23 uses
She suffers from insomnia.
insomnia = an inability to sleep
DefinitionGenerally insomnia means:
an inability to sleep; or a disease that constantly creates an inability to sleep
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Book23 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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lament
15 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book15 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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languid
14 uses
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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lucid
19 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
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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nostalgia
33 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
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Book33 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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pretext
22 uses
They used the incident as a pretext to invade the country.
pretext = a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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rancor
11 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
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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refuge
19 uses
The park serves as a refuge for wildlife.
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Book19 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —5 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
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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2  —7 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
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 19
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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