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alacrity
2 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
appropriate from their culture
The invading army appropriated the home to use as a local headquarters.
appropriated = took without asking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to take without asking — often without right
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
We saw the rocket ascend.
ascend = move upward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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ascetic
2 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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condescending
6 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend into poverty
Partisan politics has descended to new lows.
descended = move downward (figuratively) to a worse condition
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to move downward to a worse or less prestigious situation
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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discern
13 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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disdain
1 use
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
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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dwell   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Don't dwell on the past.
dwell = think or talk about something longer than seems appropriate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePref.
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3  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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engender
3 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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ephemeral
3 uses
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book3 uses
Library1 use 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
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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rectify
3 uses
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —13 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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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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 1000
1st useChapter 5
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