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amorous
1 use
She doesn't think of him in an amorous way.
amorous = sexual or romantic manner
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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bankrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
company went bankrupt
If we don't control spending, we'll go bankrupt.
bankrupt = legally declared to be unable to pay money that is owed

or (informally):  the state of having little or no money
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use 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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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daunt
9 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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deduction
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deduction from the bill
There was a 10 point deduction because the paper was late.
deduction = an amount subtracted from another amount
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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monastery
4 uses
Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries was the largest legally enforced transfer of property in English history since the Norman Conquest.
monasteries = the residences of religious communities
DefinitionGenerally monastery means:
the residence of a religious community
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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peasant
6 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = used historically: people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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perfunctory
1 use
She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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pilgrim
4 uses
Three pilgrims were killed in the bus crash.
pilgrims = people who journey to a special place — typically as an act of religious devotion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pilgrim means:
someone who journeys to a special place — typically a difficult journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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plateau
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found on the plateau
The plateau is about half a mile above sea level.
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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quaint
3 uses
We stayed in a quaint town.
quaint = unusual in an interesting or pleasing way — especially when old-fashioned
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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sallow
5 uses
The illness has sallowed her face
sallowed = caused an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sallow means:
an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion; or to cause such a complexion
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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simulate
2 uses
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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sober   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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 useBook 1
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2  —1 use as in:
I need to sober up.
Coffee doesn't really help one to sober up; though it does help fight sleepiness.
sober up = become less drunk
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sober up means:
to become less drunk
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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Vienna
13 uses
Of all the world's cities, they ranked Vienna as the best place to live.
Vienna = the capital and largest city of Austria; located on the Danube in northeastern Austria
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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