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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
appropriate from their culture
But his house was large enough that she could have appropriated an entire wing for herself if she wanted it.
appropriated = taken
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to take without asking — often without right
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arrogant
6 uses
And though you might think I'm arrogant enough to engage in criminal acts with a prosecuting attorney on my board of directors, you should know I'm not stupid enough to do so.
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
I might have a shot at a recording contract.
contract = a formal legal agreement (in this case, to record music for a company)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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discretion   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It is within her discretion.
Counsel reserves the right to terminate at her discretion.
discretion = the authority to make a decision
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
the right to make a decision (and perhaps accompanying good judgment)
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2  —1 use as in:
embarrassing lack of discretion
I'd be willing to compensate you for your time and your discretion.
discretion = behavior that does not attract attention or reveal private information
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
behavior that does not attract undesired attention or reveal private information
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3  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised.
Tell me, Lieutenant Dallas, are you thinking I decided to blackmail Cicely over her future son-in-law's youthful indiscretion, had some henchman in my employ lure her to the West End, and when she didn't cooperate, slit her throat?
indiscretion = behavior that displayed a lack of good judgment

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
good judgment or good taste
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disdain
2 uses
He was well aware that Eve's disdain for the media had grown into a full-fledged disgust over the last couple of months.
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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dubious
3 uses
She scanned the menu and settled dubiously on the stuffed shells supreme.
dubiously = doubtfully or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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elaborate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
elaborate on your plan
"Just answer the question. Don't elaborate."
elaborate = add details
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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2  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate design
One of the loftier buildings on Broadcast Avenue, it towered up from a wide, flat hilt, housed several thousand employees, five elaborate studios, including the most lavish new set on the East Coast, and enough power to beam transmissions to every pocket of the planet and its orbiting stations.
elaborate = fancy (with many special details and features)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
There's always that possibility, Eve, but I'm more inclined to see the killer as an active participant rather than a hireling.
inclined = with a tendency (an attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
He understood, and inclined his head.
inclined = bowed (or bent or angled)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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meticulous
5 uses
Eve meticulously searched the rest of the room.
meticulously = in a manner treating details with great care
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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muse
21 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
her musings
"He's better than I'd thought," Roarke mused.
mused = thought (in this case, out loud)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
I'm telling you this, Dallas, so that you know up front I have no objectivity on this case.
objectivity = ability to act or think 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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prominent
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a prominent politician
a prominent U.S. senator
prominent = well-known
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
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rectify
2 uses
My mistake for allowing it, but that can be rectified.
rectified = fixed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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relevant
1 use
And your question was relevant.
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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simulate
5 uses
She listened to the song of night birds—no simulation, but the real thing—that hung on the fragrant air like tears.
simulation = artificial imitation

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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speculate
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
He must love watching all the reports, hearing all the details, the speculation.
speculation = guesses without certainty

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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