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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was acquitted
It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
acquit = officially find "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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 as though superior; or obviously uninterested in something that interests others
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others

or:

obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one's dignity or distasteful
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
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Book2 uses
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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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 = positive traits or things of value
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assets means:
any positive trait or thing of value
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
When it is cold, the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
contracts = gets shorter or smaller
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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divert
1 use
I tried to divert her attention.
divert = get her to start thinking about something else
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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incredulous
1 use
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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mockery
1 use
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book1 use
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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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
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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recur
1 use
The infection is less likely to recur if you finish all the recommended antibiotics.
recur = to happen repeatedly or a second time
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Some call Warren Buffett the "Sage of Omaha".
sage = someone known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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siege
1 use
The Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
siege = the surrounding and prolonged attack
DefinitionGenerally siege means:
a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time

or:

any prolonged attack, effort, or period of trouble
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sober
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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stifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
stifling the urge
These excessive rules that stifle creativity.
stifle = suppress
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to suppress (prevent something or decrease its development) — often political freedom
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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stupor
1 use
Someone stole his wallet while he was in a drunken stupor.
stupor = a state in which there is little ability to think — as from being very sleepy, drunk, or stunned
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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sullen
1 use
She changed from outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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The Beatles
2 uses
The name "The Beetles" was suggested as a tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Then it was spelled "The Beatles" to reflect musical beat.
The Beatles = arguably the greatest pop band of all time (1962-1970)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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wistful
1 use
Sitting in her wheelchair, the old woman looked wistfully at the young dancers.
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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