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acquiesce
1 use
I don't see how this one-year acquiescence to your great-uncle's will could do anything but improve your track record; however, you do have the option to stop this process at any point in time.
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 6
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anxiety
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It took me a moment to overcome my anxiety and to be able to enjoy his humor.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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apprehension
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1  —1 use as in:
apprehension about finals
Miss Hastings seemed uncomfortable as she watched the blind man walk across the office, and I must admit to feeling a bit of apprehension myself.
apprehension = worry or concern about what will happen
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehension means:
worry about what is to come
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1st useChapter 9
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apprehensive
1 use
Jason sat silently, and as I looked at him, I had to admit he did seem very quiet and a bit apprehensive.
apprehensive = nervous or worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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1st useChapter 7
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belligerent
3 uses
Jason glared at him and said belligerently, "Can I have some breakfast, please?"
belligerently = with the attitude of one eager to fight
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 3
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bewilder
4 uses
Jason turned with a bewildered look on his face and said, "I don't know what you're talking about, Mr. Hamilton."
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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1st useChapter 3
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
He looked at me with a confused expression on his countenance and...
countenance = face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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1st useChapter 1
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diligent
2 uses
...he was actually going about his task with more energy and diligence than I had expected.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 6
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dubious
2 uses
Jason stared at me dubiously and said, "I thought I was supposed to be learning about family."
dubiously = with doubt or uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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1st useChapter 8
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elated
2 uses
I was elated about the progress Jason had made, and I felt...
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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1st useChapter 15 –
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impair
1 use
On day seven, I went to the Center for the Blind and read articles to visually impaired students.
impaired = less effective (in this case, they cannot see as well as most people)
DefinitionGenerally impair means:
make worse or less effective
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1st useChapter 11
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incredulous
1 use
As the taxi drove off in a cloud of dust, Jason asked incredulously, "Are you sure we're in the right place?"
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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1st useChapter 6
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
I have always found it ironic that the people in this world who have the most to be thankful for are often the least thankful, and somehow the people who have virtually nothing, many times live lives full of gratitude.
ironic = when what happens is very different than what might be 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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1st useChapter 12
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manifest
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Our passions and dreams and goals are the outward manifestations of the love we feel inside.
manifestations = demonstrations (things made obvious or shown)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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1st useChapter 14
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nurture
2 uses
Jason, you will never do anything in your life that will bring more quality to your existence than growing to understand and nurture friendship.
nurture = help develop or grow
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1st useChapter 5
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perfunctory
1 use
He gave us each a perfunctory greeting and...
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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1st useChapter 5
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
I chose to look upon this incident, even if small, as a positive sign.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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1st useChapter 4
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
We all sat in silence and thought about a young girl whose problem could affect us so profoundly.
profoundly = deeply (with greatest intensity or emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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1st useChapter 7
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Jason asked in a bored but resigned tone, "Where do we have to go, and what do we have to do?"
resigned = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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1st useChapter 6
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
As she escorted him to the elevator, I couldn't help but remember the sullen, angry young man who had come into my office just one year earlier.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
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1st useChapter 13
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