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allude
5 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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apprehensive
4 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 16
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2  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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dubious
6 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5
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imply
1 use
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 13
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inert
6 uses
The snake had recently eaten and lay inert in the grass.
inert = unmoving
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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inquiry
16 uses
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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luminous
3 uses
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = glowing or shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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monotonous
8 uses
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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persist
7 uses
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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remonstrate
12 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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rue
1 use
You'll rue the day you betrayed me.
rue the day = to feel sadness and regret
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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scanty
9 uses
I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
scanty = small in amount
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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socialism
16 uses
She believes that more socialism would be more fair.
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership and control of all companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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specimen
12 uses
The museum holds over a million insect specimens.
specimens = examples regarded as typical of its class
DefinitionGenerally specimen means:
a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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tremulous
10 uses
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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