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agitate
2 uses
Uncle Shepsel became more and more agitated.
agitated = upset
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 37
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commotion
2 uses
One day Janina and I heard a commotion in the courtyard.
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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converge
1 use
"Get him!" someone yelled, and the sidewalk people converged on Kuba.
converged = came together (in this case, to catch him)
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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deport
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
deport from the U.S.
The word resettlement took the place of the word deportation.
deportation = the act of forcing someone to leave a country

(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 deport means:
force someone to leave a country
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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goad
2 uses
She liked to goad me into chasing her.
goad = tease or provoke (into doing something)
DefinitionGenerally goad means:
to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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grapple
1 use
We bumped into each other and grappled.
grappled = struggled with each other
DefinitionGenerally grapple means:
to struggle:

typically a mental struggle — as in coming to terms with something

more rarely a physical struggle — as in hand-to-hand combat or moving something heavy or awkward
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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harass
1 use
I had stopped harassing Buffo so that Janina would also stop, but it didn't work.
harassing = persistently annoying
DefinitionGenerally harass means:
persistently annoy

or:

repeatedly attack to weaken or hinder
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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heed
4 uses
I think he would have been surprised to know that I actually heeded his warning,
heeded = paid attention to
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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immigrate
2 uses
  I talked enough and stole enough and sold enough to buy a steamship ticket, and I joined the multitudes going to America.
  The immigration officer said, "What is your name?"
immigration = (describing the officer as responsible for) movement of people who come to live in a new country

(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 immigrate means:
come to live in a new country
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Book2 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 44
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mane
1 use
The lumbering horse wore a black shawl over its mane.
mane = long coarse hair growing on the back of the neck of a horse
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair such as that which grows around a lion's head or on the back of a horse's neck
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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mock
1 use
I didn't understand that he was mocking us.
mocking = making fun of
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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Book1 use
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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nevertheless
1 use
I had never stood still for more than five seconds in my life. Nevertheless, I tried.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
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nimble
1 use
The smelly nimble-footed thief.
nimble = moving quickly and lightly
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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pendulum
1 use
With every blow Kuba swung back and forth like the pendulum of a grandfather clock.
pendulum = a weight hanging from a fixed location so that the weight swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity — such as is seen in some mechanical clocks

or:

a change that is roughly proportional and in the opposite direction of a prior change — such as a change in opinion
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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prescribe
1 use
He gave me a prescription.
prescription = medical instructions

(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 prescribe means:
to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 16
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repentance
2 uses
He called down from the window to the courtyard: "Jews! Repent! It is not too late! Come with me! Save yourselves!"
repent = regret your errors and change
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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swagger
1 use
I swaggered down the sidewalk.
swaggered = walked in a highly confident manner
DefinitionGenerally swagger means:
walk or behave in a highly confident or proud manner — often arrogant and sometimes to impress or intimidate others
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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tinged
1 use
His red hair was cut so short it was just a tinge of rust creeping out of his cap.
tinge = a slight amount
DefinitionGenerally tinged means:
with a slight amount

(If an amount of what is not clear from context, it is typically of color.)
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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torment
2 uses
From that day on I stopped tormenting Buffo,
tormenting = causing suffering for
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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vendor
6 uses
But she came back with a bag of roasted chestnuts from a street vendor.
vendor = someone who sells things
DefinitionGenerally vendor means:
someone who sells goods or services
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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