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apprehensive
3 uses
His silence made her more apprehensive than hearing something terrible would have.†
apprehensive = nervous or worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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belittle
1 use
Belittled.†
belittled = made someone or something seem less important
DefinitionGenerally belittle means:
to make someone or something seem less important
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1st useChapter 3
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chronological
1 use
LENA HAD GRABBED Professor Gurshelfs Illustrated Atlas of the World — Being a Compendium of Statistical, Descriptive, Chronological, Geographical, Astronomical and Political Information Respecting All the Peoples and Nations of the Earth.†
chronological = arranged according to time
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1st useChapter 5
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confound
3 uses
At Jaybird Kelsey's confounded face.†
confounded = confused or frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
She couldn't bear to think of their contempt turned on her.
contempt = dislike and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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digress
1 use
And now, Winslow, we have digressed enough.
digressed = wandered away from the main topic
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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1st useChapter 11
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enable
1 use
Part of our colonial policy which enabled the United States to enact legislation for the government of backward people.†
enabled = made possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
as he had found a way to endure losing them.
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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flaunt
1 use
Couldn't she have said anything that didn't flaunt book learning?†
flaunt = show off
DefinitionGenerally flaunt means:
the act of showing off (displaying something in an obvious way for others to admire or envy)

or:

openly defiant of rules or expectations
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1st useChapter 5
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hoard
2 uses
She and Winslow began in earnest, using their hoarded ammunition carefully.†
hoarded = gathered something valuable and stored it
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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indifferent
1 use
She fixed her face stiffly into an expression of indifference.†
indifference = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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omit
1 use
You omitted to tell Miss Chism you took her books, didn't you?†
omitted = to exclude or neglect something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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perplex
3 uses
Papa's way of thinking perplexed her.†
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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probe
2 uses
She sat frozen like a leaf in a winter puddle, watching his fingers probe his scraped face.†
probe = to investigate; or an investigation; or an instrument used for investigation
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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rebuke
2 uses
Maybe he thought she was happy, and he didn't want to spoil it by rebuking her.†
rebuking = criticizing severely
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reproach
1 use
But his reproach was not enough to stop her from pouring out the fear curdled up inside.†
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 7
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taut
3 uses
As she started on the yams, the rope she had dropped wiggled and snapped taut.†
taut = pulled or drawn tight;
or: subjected to great tension
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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vengeance
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
'Vengeance is mine; / will repay, saith the Lord.'†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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wane
2 uses
If it looked like the letter C it was waning, Papa had taught her.†
waning = declining or diminishing
DefinitionGenerally wane means:
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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waver
4 uses
The lamplight wavered on the water bucket and Papa's shaving mirror, and went still.†
wavered = was unsure or weak; or moved back and forth
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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