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abhor
1 use
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates or detests
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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acquire
2 uses
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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adjacent
1 use
We stayed in adjacent hotel rooms.
adjacent = side-x-side (very near)
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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agitate
3 uses
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
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anxiety
1 use
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 28
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cacophony
2 uses
There was a cacophony of discord as everyone spoke at once.
cacophony = combination of loud confusing disagreeable sounds
DefinitionGenerally cacophony means:
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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collide
2 uses
The cars collided and burst into flame.
collided = crashed together with violent impact
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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feigned
3 uses
She feigned sleep.
feigned = pretended to (made a pretense of)
DefinitionGenerally feigned means:
pretended — usually pretending to feel something
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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foreman
5 uses
She complained to the shop foreman.
foreman = a person who is in charge of other workers

or:

a juror in a court case who is selected by other jurors to head the jury
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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gaunt
2 uses
She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin and bony
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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grave
1 use
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 is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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hydraulic
4 uses
The train uses hydraulic brakes.
hydraulic = relating to liquid — often describing machinery as moved by pressurized liquid
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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inevitable
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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nurture
2 uses
We want older employees to help nurture the talents of new employees.
nurture = help develop or grow
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the restaurant
She is one of our regular patrons.
patrons = customers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
a customer — especially a regular one
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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promenade
3 uses
The ladies promenaded along the beach
promenaded = walked leisurely in a public place
DefinitionGenerally promenade means:
a public pathway for leisurely walking — especially one near the ocean

or:

walking leisurely — especially in a public place
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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skeptical
1 use
I am skeptical about her plan.
skeptical = doubtful (in this case, of the quality of the plan)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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uniform
1 use
A diverse committee will provide a better solution than a committee that is uniform.
uniform = the same (does not vary)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of uniform means:
consistent (the same in some way)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 26
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wither
2 uses
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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