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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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abhor
1 use
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Book1 use
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 (get)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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agitate
3 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 28
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beseech
1 use
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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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
Library3 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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confound
1 use
She confounded her critics.
confounded = frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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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
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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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feigned
3 uses
She feigned sleep.
feigned = pretended to
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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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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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gaunt
2 uses
She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 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 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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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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nurture
2 uses
We want older employees to help nurture the talents of new employees.
nurture = help to develop
DefinitionGenerally nurture means:
help develop or grow
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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skeptical
1 use
I am skeptical about her plan.
skeptical = doubtful
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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)
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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