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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I can't abide her continual complaints.
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.34.3
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acquire
1 use
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (get)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1, p.10.2
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aghast
1 use
She stepped back aghast at the behavior.
aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise or dismay
DefinitionGenerally aghast means:
shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay (sadness, disappointment, or worry)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.112.5
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agony
2 uses
She was in agony from a toothache.
agony = intense suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.148.3
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aloof
1 use
People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant or uninterested
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.38.7
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apparent
2 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6, p.87.3
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appreciate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I appreciate the complexities
I didn't appreciate how long it would take to write a good report.
appreciate = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appreciate means:
to understand a situation-often one with important complications
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6, p.95.7
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assets
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it's one of her best assets
The University is one of the city's greatest assets.
assets = things of value
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assets means:
a positive trait or thing of value
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.3.1
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content
2 uses
She grew more contented with age.
contented = satisfied
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Book2 uses
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.1.5
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detach
2 uses
She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn't care about him any more.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from emotions)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.92.4
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determine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
is determined to succeed
I'm determined to become a lawyer.
determined = firmly planning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of determined means:
firm in purpose
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.6.9
dumfounded
2 uses
She was beyond surprised. She was dumbfounded.
dumbfounded = too surprised to know what to say or do
DefinitionGenerally dumfounded means:
very surprised - often too surprised to know what to say or do
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.42.5
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manslaughter
1 use
The girl who sent texts to her boyfriend encouraging him to kill himself was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
manslaughter = unintentional killing of a person
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.108
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mock
1 use
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.135.5
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nonchalant
1 use
I could tell she was nervous, but she was trying to look nonchalant.
nonchalant = calm and unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.25.8
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principle
1 use
I accept as a basic principle that all people are precious and should be treated with equal dignity.
principle = belief
DefinitionGenerally principle means:
a basic rule or belief
The exact meaning of principle can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "our guiding principles" — basic moral beliefs that guide decisions and behavior
  • "electromagnetic principles" — rules describing how the world works
  • "She lacks principles." — lacks moral guidelines
  • "We agree in principle." — about important basic beliefs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.30.7
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recur
1 use
The infection is less likely to recur if you finish all the recommended antibiotics.
recur = happen again
DefinitionGenerally recur means:
to happen repeatedly or a second time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.110.6
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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 = (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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3, p.44.1
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Can you offer some sage advice?
sage = wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.12.8
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wistful
1 use
Sitting in her wheelchair, the old woman looked wistfully at the young dancers.
wistfully = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.82.9
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