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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
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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acquire
1 use
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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aghast
1 use
She stepped back aghast at the behavior.
aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay
DefinitionGenerally aghast means:
shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay (sadness, disappointment, or worry)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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agony
2 uses
She was in agony from a toothache.
agony = intense feelings of suffering (in this case from physical pain)
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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bewilder
5 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book5 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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conformist
1 use
most teenagers are surprisingly conformist within a subgroup
conformist = one who complies with established customs or doctrines
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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delirium
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
delirious = a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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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)
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dogged
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
dogged determination
She worked with dogged determination.
dogged = continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dumbfounded
2 uses
She was beyond surprised. She was dumbfounded.
dumbfounded = confused or surprised — often made temporarily speechless
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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elude
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your point eludes me
What you are seeing in him eludes me.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understood)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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genuine
1 use
I am genuinely sorry for what I did.
genuinely = sincerely
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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indignant
2 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
She's so busy, she's liable to forget.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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ornery
3 uses
I avoid contact when he's in an ornery mood.
ornery = cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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testify
2 uses
She testified against the robber.
testified = provided oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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theme
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
theme of the novel
The party had a 1950's theme.
theme = an idea that is unifying or recurrent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of theme means:
a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done — especially in a literary or artistic work
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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tone
5 uses
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
tone = general feeling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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