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anxiety
2 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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capricious
2 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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conspire
6 uses
They conspired to overthrow the government
conspired = secretly planned together
DefinitionGenerally conspire means:
secretly plan together to do something — especially something illegal or harmful

or:

of events and circumstances:  seemingly cooperate to achieve something
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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demonstrate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
The salesperson demonstrated features of both phones so I could compare them.
demonstrated = showed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
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Book5 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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dominate
1 use
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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immerse
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immersed in her book
She immersed herself in her studies.
immersed = completely involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immerse means:
to get very interested or completely involved
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infidel
3 uses
He described the Iraqi police as a tool in the hands of crusaders and infidels.
infidels = a negative term describing people as not believing in the "right" religion or god
DefinitionGenerally infidel means:
a negative term describing someone as not believing in the "right" religion or god
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Can she interpret Spanish to English for us?
interpret = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —10 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
I don't know how to interpret her smile.
interpret = understand (In this case: Why did she smile? What does it mean?)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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intuitive
4 uses
The were perfect partners—one highly intuitive and the other highly analytical.
intuitive = based on feeling or instinct rather than conscious reasoning

or:

easy to understand without training or study
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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monk
12 uses
a Tibetan monk wearing an orange robe
monk = a male member of a religious order typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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negative
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
had a negative effect
Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
negatively = in a bad or harmful manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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objective
1 use
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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omen
59 uses
He looked for an omen before going into battle.
omen = a sign of what would happen
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Book59 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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recur
5 uses
The infection is less likely to recur if you finish all the recommended antibiotics.
recur = to happen repeatedly or a second time
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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