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deemed
4 uses
The producer deemed her too old to play the role.
deemed = believed or judged
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.14.49
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deliberate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
need to deliberate
We deliberated into the evening.
deliberated = thought about or discussed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.6.74
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2, p.19.81
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eclectic
1 use
The home is furnished with a tasteful and eclectic collection of furniture.
eclectic = a distinctive mix of styles
DefinitionGenerally eclectic means:
a distinctive mix of styles or ideas selected from various sources

or:  

one who prefers to select a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.163.30
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entity
4 uses
The law applies to any legal entity that can enter into a contract.
entity = person or organization
DefinitionGenerally entity means:
a person, organization, lifeform, or anything with a separate existence
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7, p.102.8
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hypothesis
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19, p.293.34
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indulge
3 uses
She indulges her children more than is good for them.
indulges = allows them to get their way (gives into their desire)
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3, p.39.54
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irrelevant
1 use
The sentence should be deleted because it introduces information that is irrelevant to the passage.
irrelevant = not relevant
DefinitionGenerally irrelevant means:
not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11, p.165.75
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manifest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
manifest destiny
Domestic violence doesn't always manifest as physical abuse.
manifest = show (made obvious)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.67.89
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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 4, p.57.42
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muse
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
her musings
He mused aloud about the afternoon's developments.
mused = reflected (thought) deeply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.73
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objective
4 uses
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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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3, p.40.29
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phenomenon
2 uses
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that can be seen and is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.52.60
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precede
1 use
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4, p.50.48
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primarily
3 uses
Did the author mention multiple companies primarily to demonstrate diversity of solutions or to show that interest in the industry is widespread?
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8, p.112.88
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 6, p.86.45
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renounce
4 uses
Israel asks that they renounce their stated intention of wiping it off the map.
renounce = to formally reject, give up, or turn away from

(as in to give up the power of a monarch, to change belief , behavior, support, or association)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useProl., p.4.7
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speculate
5 uses
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to guess without certainty

or:

to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6, p.79.11
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vary
1 use
Your mileage may vary.
vary = be different
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.147.10
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wistful
4 uses
Sitting in her wheelchair, the old woman looked wistfully at the young dancers.
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.92.68
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