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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 23
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey the princess to London.
convey = transport
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 10 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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3  —3 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book3 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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exasperated
11 uses
She was exasperated by his teasing.
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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Book11 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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forthwith
12 uses
The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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gesticulate
5 uses
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea or explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 26
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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opaque
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
opaque shower door
They are engineering a window that can convert from transparent to opaque with the push of a button.
opaque = not able to see through at all
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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opulent
1 use
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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resumption
10 uses
We hope for a resumption of negotiations.
resumption = the act of beginning again
DefinitionGenerally resumption means:
beginning again
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Book10 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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timorous
2 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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transparent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
transparent shower door
The transparent shower door shows water spots.
transparent = able to be seen through with clarity
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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