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deemed
4 uses
Once the bikes were deemed secure, supplies were untied and divvied up.
deemed = believed or judged
Word Statistics
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
"Mom, we're not going to starve to death," he complained as she stood deliberating in front of an open cupboard.†
deliberating = thinking about or discussing
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
"With her bony fingers," Fox put in, falling well short of his target of disdain.†
disdain = a 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
Layla added. . . We have an actual new coffeemaker and a very eclectic selection of coffee mugs... .
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
We're not going to suddenly jump sides and put on the uniform of some dark entity who tries to kill a dog to get his rocks off.†
entity = person, organization, or anything with a separate existence
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
So do their counterparts, so we can hypothesize that those are weapons or countermeasures against him.†
hypothesize = propose a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea based upon known facts
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
But since that would be breaking her vow to eat fast food no more than once a month, she wasn't going to indulge.†
indulge = enjoy to excess
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
Sometimes completely irrelevant.†
irrelevant = 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
And had, she believed, a personal experience with the manifestation of an unidentified (as yet) force.†
manifestation = demonstration (something made obvious or shown)
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
"Umm," was her agreement as she took a minute bite of the point of her narrow triangle of pizza.†
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 was obviously morning irritable, and none of that, she mused, made him any less attractive.
mused = thought (reflected)
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
You'll need to have the objectivity, and the sensitivity of a counselor to write the book that should be written on Hawkins Hollow...
objectivity = understanding based on facts without the influence of 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
Following any whiff of information about devils, demons, unexplained phenomenon.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often 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
There were also over a dozen nine-one-one calls on domestic abuse during that single week, more than previously had been reported in Hawkins Hollow in the six preceding months.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
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
England primarily, some Irish tossed in.†
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
"But I wonder if your name isn't relevant.†
relevant = 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
Hester Deale, do you renounce Satan?†
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
Good for business though, the speculation, if you follow me.†
speculation = 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
People do it all the time—with varying degrees of success, sure, but they do.†
varying = differing; or changing
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
Cal heard the wistfulness.†
wistfulness = full of 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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