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amiable
3 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = method (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 2
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audacious
2 uses
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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conjure
2 uses
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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copious
1 use
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 1
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flourish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
She entered with a great flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 1
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gesticulate
5 uses
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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grotesque
5 uses
She was wearing a grotesque mask that was quite disturbing.
grotesque = distorted or ugly
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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poise
1 use
She has great charm and great poise.
poise = composure (calm confidence — even when under pressure)
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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rancor
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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savor
6 uses
Savor the soup.
savor = take pleasure from
DefinitionGenerally savor means:
to take great pleasure from; or the pleasure or flavor enjoyed
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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serene
9 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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tremulous
4 uses
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
There was tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fought for control.
tumult = confusion or disorder
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
It is a beautiful picture taken in twilight.
twilight = the light from the sky in the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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undulate
2 uses
A sidewinding snake uses less energy to cover the same distance as a laterally undulating snake uses.
undulating = moving with smooth wave-like movements
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 3
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wizened
1 use
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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writhe
8 uses
The patient writhed in pain.
writhed = moved in a twisting or contorted motion
DefinitionGenerally writhe means:
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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