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adopt
9 uses
She believed it was adopted.†
adopted = took on as one's own
DefinitionGenerally adopt means:
to take on as one's own
The exact meaning of adopt depends upon its context. For example:
  • "adopt a child" — to legally take on parental responsibilities for another person's child
  • "adopt a plan" — to accept or begin to use something
  • "adopt a pet" — to take in a pet — especially one from an animal shelter
  • "Congress adopted the resolution." — had a formal vote and passed
  • "adopted a confident attitude" — took on or displayed
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Book9 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
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contradict
1 use
Don't contradict me, I would," says Mama.†
contradict = disagree
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
...which is a deliberate, calculated falsehood:
deliberate = intentional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
Uncle Rondo has got the most terrible temper in the world. Anything is liable to make him tear the house down...
liable = maybe going (to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of liable means:
likely to; or maybe going to
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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on the other hand
1 use
And he said on the other hand he thought Stella-Rondo had a brilliant mind and deserved credit for getting out of town.†
on the other hand = from another point of view; or in a way that is different (a phrase used to introduce a different perspective or idea)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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precarious
2 uses
Not very good for your Uncle Rondo in his precarious condition, I must say.†
precarious = unsafe or unsure
DefinitionGenerally precarious means:
unsafe or in danger of getting worse — especially in danger of falling
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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prostrate
1 use
Well, I'm just terribly susceptible to noise of any kind, the doctor has always told me I was the most sensitive person he had ever seen in his whole life, and I was simply prostrated.†
prostrated = lying down - typically face downward on the ground as in submission
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rondo
90 uses
Of course I went with Mr. Whitaker first, when he first appeared here in China Grove, taking "Pose Yourself" photos, and Stella-Rondo broke us up.†
rondo = a musical form in which one recurring theme is interspersed with a series of new themes; often used in the last movement of a sonata
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
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sulk
1 use
Papa-Daddy's Mama's papa and sulks.†
sulks = is overly unhappy and unsociable
DefinitionGenerally sulk means:
to be overly unhappy and unsociable — often due to disappointment or a sense of not getting what was deserved
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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