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auburn
1 use
my hair looked auburn in certain lights.
auburn = colored a moderate reddish-brown
DefinitionGenerally auburn means:
(of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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conjure
6 uses
Merle had once said that it might be good for him to be some place where no one had heard of his family, where the very mention of his name didn't conjure an image,
conjure = bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
need to deliberate
After much deliberation, my mother asked Mr. Landell to come and dig them all up
deliberation = careful consideration

(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 deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
He spoke in a slow deliberate voice.
deliberate = done with great care — often slowly
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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despise
4 uses
She wasn't one of them, by any means, and I think that was probably what the other women simultaneously admired and despised the most.
despised = disliked strongly and looked down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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eccentric
1 use
"We have had such a time laughing over Fred buying that taxicab." She nudged my mother's arm. "It's a hoot. I think it's really—" She paused, taking her time. "It's eccentric."
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26
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elaborate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
He had gotten some clothes, some money, but didn't elaborate.
elaborate = tell more details
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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2  —6 uses as in:
an elaborate design
we spent a lot of time concocting elaborate plans that we never had the nerve to carry out.
elaborate = detailed or complex
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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futile
2 uses
But Sally's wait was a futile one unless she could...
futile = effort that is pointless because it will be unproductive or unsuccessful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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incessant
2 uses
Usually she had to know everything; Mr. Rhodes, Dean, and Misty often called her Curious George and joked about her incessant why why why.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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incredulous
2 uses
"Can you believe Sally Jean picked all this out?" she whispered incredulously. "I mean, the salesperson must've helped her, ..."
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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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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indignant
2 uses
"I'd like to suggest that it be named for my husband," Mrs. Poole had said, and looked around, indignant that no one else had made this suggestion.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 24
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oblivious
2 uses
He seemed oblivious to everything going on around him, even when R.W. Quincy stole Todd's wheelchair and pushed Dexter around and around before running him into the wall.
oblivious = unaware of
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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paralysis
4 uses
It was like I was paralyzed and couldn't turn away;
paralyzed = loss of the ability to move the body
DefinitionGenerally paralysis means:
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
You better cut that talk out, Theresa, or we'll resign.
resign = quit (a job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 24
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simulate
6 uses
The coat was beautiful, white simulated-fur,
simulated = imitation
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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simultaneous
3 uses
She wasn't one of them, by any means, and I think that was probably what the other women simultaneously admired and despised the most.
simultaneously = at the same time
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 8
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
somber colors
They both looked so plain and somber compared to Mo Rhodes and her loud-colored pillows and sparkly wall hangings in Oriental designs.
somber = dull (lacking brightness or color)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
lacking brightness or color — perhaps gloomy
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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speculate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
We had all laughed about it, speculated on who those mean boys were and then...
speculated = wondered or guessed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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whimsical
1 use
picturing this whimsical leprechaun
whimsical = playful and amusing
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful, amusing, or impulsive rather than seriously rational
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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