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The Five People You Meet in Heaven
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audible
1 use
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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belittle
1 use
The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
belittle = make it less important
DefinitionGenerally belittle means:
to make someone or something seem less important
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beseech
1 use
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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carouse
1 use
They were out carousing last night.
carousing = having fun in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
DefinitionGenerally carouse means:
having fun with others in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
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1st useChapter 22
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confound
1 use
She confounded her critics.
confounded = frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse or cause to be unable to think clearly

or:

to refute or frustrate
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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covet
1 use
The company makes knockoffs for people who covet designer fashions, but can't afford them.
covet = strongly want
DefinitionGenerally covet means:
to strongly want (something—especially something that belongs to another)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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entwined
1 use
entwined in each other's arms
entwined = interconnected (not easily separated) or twisted together
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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exuberant
1 use
People were exuberant with the initial success of the revolution.
exuberant = joyously unrestrained
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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fidget
2 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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forsake
1 use
The country must forsake terrorism as a political instrument.
forsake = abandon or give up
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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futile
1 use
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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grotesque
2 uses
The disease causes grotesque deformity.
grotesque = ugly distorted
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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laceration
1 use
To treat a minor laceration, clean the cut and close it.
laceration = cut with irregular edges
DefinitionGenerally laceration means:
a cut — especially of the skin — and often implying that the cut was not clean, but instead left jagged edges
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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limber
3 uses
a limber imagination
limber = readily adaptable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of limber means:
of a person's body:  flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)

or:

readily adaptable — especially of someone's mind
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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mundane
1 use
I'm going to have to spend all of Saturday running errands and doing mundane chores.
mundane = ordinary — possibly boring
DefinitionGenerally mundane means:
ordinary or lacking interest or excitement — possibly to the point of being boring

or more rarely:

belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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oblivious
1 use
She is oblivious to the dangers.
oblivious = unaware of
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 36
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perversion
1 use
It was an unacceptable perversion of justice.
perversion = the conversion of something to a wrong use
DefinitionGenerally perversion means:
the conversion of something so it is not what it should be — especially a sexual practice considered unacceptable by society
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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recoil
1 use
a low-recoil rifle
recoil = backward jerk
DefinitionGenerally recoil means:
to move backward suddenly — especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person draws back from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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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
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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