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adage
1 use
Remember the old adage: "It's not how much you earn; it's how much you save."
adage = saying
DefinitionGenerally adage means:
An old saying considered wise by many; e.g., "Actions speak louder than words."
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1st useChapter 13, p.200.75
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baleful
1 use
She looked at him with two unblinking, baleful eyes.
baleful = threatening or harmful
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1st useChapter 11, p.161.99
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comely
1 use
She gives a career-advancing performance as his comely female companion.
comely = attractive
DefinitionGenerally comely means:
attractive — especially of a woman
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1st useChapter 9, p.129.11
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copious
1 use
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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1st useChapter 9, p.127.10
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cursory
1 use
I did a cursory search on Google and found several articles.
cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally cursory means:
hasty and without attention to detail; or not thorough
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1st useChapter 8, p.116.43
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expound
1 use
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = discuss in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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1st useChapter 6, p.79.56
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fetid
1 use
a fetid stench coming from the garbage pile
fetid = having a bad odor
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1st useChapter 20, p.312.71
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pithy
1 use
I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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1st useChapter 13, p.192.98
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precocious
1 use
She was a precocious child who always pointed to logical flaws in her parents' rules.
precocious = having intelligence and behavior not usually seen in one so young
DefinitionGenerally precocious means:
early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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1st useChapter 8, p.124.18
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proprietary
1 use
Tylenol is a proprietary drug that can be purchased in generic form as acetaminophen.
proprietary = describing something as owned — such as a product protected by patent or a name protected by trademark
DefinitionGenerally proprietary means:
describing something as owned — such as a product protected by patent or a name protected by trademark

or:

showing characteristics of ownership
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1st useChapter 8, p.109.62
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Rama
9 uses
Rama is the main central character of the Ramayana.
Rama = Hindu Religion:  avatar of Vishnu whose name is synonymous with God
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1st useChapter 1, p.10.82
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recumbent
1 use
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down
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1st useChapter 14, p.213.10
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sedentary
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forced by illness to lead a sedentary life
sedentary = requiring sitting or little activity
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1st useChapter 13, p.201.66
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simulate
1 use
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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SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10, p.148.75
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sinuous
2 uses
There is a sinuous road up the mountain.
sinuous = curving in and out
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1st useChapter 5, p.71.78
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speculative
1 use
I'm too old to invest in speculative business enterprises.
speculative = uncertain — especially in reference to a profit-making investment or venture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
uncertain — especially in reference to a profit-making investment or venture

or:

inclined to guess and think about subjects where there is no certainty
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1st useChapter 17, p.262.81
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theorize
1 use
I don't want to begin to theorize until I have more data.
theorize = develop a general belief (about how things work or what happened)
DefinitionGenerally theorize means:
to form a theory (a belief about how something works or came about — often without having absolute proof)
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1st useChapter 8, p.108.29
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vengeance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
with a vengeance
I thought I was getting over my cold and went to work, but it came back with a vengeance.
with a vengeance = with intensity
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1st useChapter 1, p.9.30
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whet
1 use
The appetizer whet our appetite for what was to come.
whet = increased
DefinitionGenerally whet means:
to increase a sense or desire

or more rarely:  to sharpen a knife or other cutting edge
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1st useChapter 15, p.229.99
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white water
1 use
We went white water rafting.
white water = frothy water — especially from rapids (water flowing rapidly down hill)
DefinitionGenerally white water means:
frothy water — especially from rapids (water flowing rapidly downhill)
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1st useChapter 20, p.300.71
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