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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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atoll
2 uses
Darwin explained the creation of coral atolls in the South Pacific.
atolls = islands (that are made of coral reefs)
DefinitionGenerally atoll means:
an island made of a coral reef — often in the shape of a circle
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contentious
2 uses
We started with the most contentious item on the agenda.
contentious = likely to cause disagreement
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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defunct
2 uses
They are salvaging equipment out of the now-defunct factory.
defunct = no longer working
DefinitionGenerally defunct means:
no longer in force; or having ceased to exist or live
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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
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1st useChapter 16
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emulate
1 use
It wasn't just that she copied her older sister's hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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equivocal
5 uses
Her statement was equivocal.
equivocal = unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
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establish
5 uses
1  —5 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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1st useChapter 16
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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grave
5 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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1st useChapter 6
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gregarious
2 uses
She's gregarious by nature and loves parties.
gregarious = inclined to seek and enjoy the company of others
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heresy
1 use
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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1st useChapter 7
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indifferent
5 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, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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1st useChapter 30
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inevitable
9 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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1st useChapter 2
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ligament
2 uses
She tore a knee ligament and has to miss the rest of the season.
ligament = tough fibrous tissue that connects bones
DefinitionGenerally ligament means:
a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue that connects bones or cartilages
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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1st useChapter 4
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stoic
2 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = unemotional
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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1st useChapter 6
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taint
2 uses
Three people died from eating the tainted ice cream.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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1st useChapter 14
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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1st useChapter 22
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trepidation
1 use
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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1st useChapter 31
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