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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was acquitted
Then he said I was acquitted and the whole case was closed.
acquitted = pronounced not guilty of criminal charges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
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1st useChapter 12
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aloof
1 use
Socs were always behind a wall of aloofness, careful not to let their real selves show through.
aloofness = social distance
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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1st useChapter 3
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apparent
2 uses
I had thought about turning ourselves in lots of times, but apparently the whole idea was a jolt to Dallas.
apparently = obviously or clearly
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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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
...and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next.
asset = something of value
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assets means:
any positive trait or thing of value
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1st useChapter 1
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
His face contracted in agony, and sweat streamed down his face.
contracted = muscles pulled (shortened)

(editor's note: This is a less common sense of contracted; though not uncommon generally and very common in engineering or physiology.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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cunning
1 use
and Dally—- wild, cunning Dally—-turning into a hoodlum because he'd die if he didn't,
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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divert
1 use
It was the reward of two hours of walking aimlessly around a hardware store to divert suspicion.
divert = change the direction of
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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incredulous
1 use
She gave him an incredulous look; and then she threw her Coke in his face.
incredulous = unbelieving
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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mockery
1 use
Sodapop looked down at me with mock superiority, but Darry went on:
mock = fake (not real)
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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nonchalant
1 use
"Okay," I said nonchalantly, "might as well."
nonchalantly = appearing 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
Soda began sleeping with me, and it stopped recurring so often, but it happened often enough for Darry to take me to a doctor.
recurring = happening repeatedly
DefinitionGenerally recur means:
to happen repeatedly or a second time
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1st useChapter 7
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
"Well," Cherry said resignedly, "they've spotted us."
resignedly = as though having accepted something undesirable as unavoidable
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 3
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Two-Bit nodded sagely.
sagely = like a wise person
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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siege
1 use
On the fifth day I had read up to Sherman's siege of Atlanta in Gone with the Wind,
siege = military 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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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.
he acts boozed up sometimes even when he's sober.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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stifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
stifling the urge
I stifled a giggle.
stifled = suppressed (stopped)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to suppress (prevent something or decrease its development) — often political freedom
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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stupor
1 use
Dally had taken the car and I started the long walk home in a stupor.
stupor = a state in which there is little ability to think — as from being very sleepy, drunk, or stunned
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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sullen
1 use
I leaned back next to him sullenly.
sullenly = showing a gloomy or bad mood
DefinitionGenerally sullen means:
showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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The Beatles
2 uses
They liked the Beatles and thought Elvis Presley was out,
The Beatles = arguably the greatest pop band of all time (1962-1970)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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wistful
1 use
"Gee," Johnny said wistfully, "it sure will be good to get into a car again."
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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