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agitate
1 use
She starts looking agitatedly around the garden as though expecting him to jump out from behind a bush.
agitatedly = without calmness
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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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
"OK," says Zelda as we approach a set of double swing doors.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book2 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
As you can see, the Foreland Exotic Opportunities Savings Plan represents an entirely new approach to investment.†
approach = way of doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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context
1 use
"In a business context," I say, equally shortly.†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21
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crucial
5 uses
I mean, some of us have got crucial things we need to be doing.†
crucial = very important
DefinitionGenerally crucial means:
very important or necessary — often because it determines how something else will turn out
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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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curt
6 uses
"Fine," says the girl curtly, and swipes the card.†
curtly = in a manner that uses few words or is abrupt and perhaps discourteous or rude
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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dismay
10 uses
I look at her in dismay.†
dismay = sadness, disappointment, or worry
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
2 million shows, I have ample funds at my disposal, which I will shortly be moving to one of your competitors.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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frugal
10 uses
It'll become a habit to be frugal.†
frugal = careful not to waste
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste — typically being careful not to spend much money
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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hideous
6 uses
How can normal people afford to live in such hideously expensive places?†
hideously = in an extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening manner
DefinitionGenerally hideous means:
extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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incredulous
8 uses
Suze is gazing at me incredulously.†
incredulously = with disbelief; or with difficulty accepting something so unexpected
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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indignant
5 uses
"No it's not!" says Mum indignantly.†
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
That's the irony. If we'd just held on a little bit longer ...
irony = when what happened was very different than what might have been expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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irrelevant
2 uses
Magazines are irrelevant in my new life.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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nevertheless
1 use
Nevertheless—†
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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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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nonchalant
9 uses
Quickly I retrace my steps and walk nonchalantly into the entrance hall, trying to look as though I come here all the time.†
nonchalantly = calmly (appearing unconcerned)
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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primarily
1 use
This is primarily because: 1.†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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relevant
1 use
But once you relinquish money altogether, it ceases to have any relevance.†
relevance = importance (meaningful relation to the issue in question)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 6
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
He gives a resigned shrug and...
resigned = as though having accepted something unpleasant as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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retort
8 uses
"Of course Becky doesn't agree with you!" retorts my dad.†
retorts = replies quickly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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