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Pretty Little Liars

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accentuate
1 use
Sean was dressed in a plain white T-shirt that accentuated his strong-from-soccer chest and flat-from-good-genes stomach...
accentuated = emphasized or drew attention to
DefinitionGenerally accentuate means:
to emphasize or draw attention to — possibly to emphasize by increasing
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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coalesce
1 use
Unfortunately, the events of last night had coalesced in her head.
coalesced = come together
DefinitionGenerally coalesce means:
to merge or bring different things together
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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communal
1 use
Most of the other girls had stayed in the communal showers for longer, gossiping, but Emily was too spaced out to join them.
communal = shared
DefinitionGenerally communal means:
related to a group rather than individuals
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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commute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
commute from New Jersey
You can commute to Penn; you know how easy it is.
commute = regularly travel back and forth
DefinitionGenerally this sense of commute means:
regular travel — such as between home and work
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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conjure
1 use
Emily tried to conjure up Ben, her boyfriend of four months.
conjure = bring to mind (in this case, in her mind)
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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cryptic
1 use
Plagued by yesterday's cryptic text message, she'd spent half the night thinking and furiously knitting a purple hat with earflaps.
cryptic = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally cryptic means:
secretive or difficult to understand
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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demure
1 use
Carolyn was a quiet, demure, and obedient girl, and although Emily was all those things too, Carolyn seemed really satisfied to be that way.
demure = modest, quiet, and shy
DefinitionGenerally demure means:
modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 15
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denounce
1 use
Emily had thought she was grounded for life for denouncing the Swimming Gods, but she had the feeling they actually wanted her to go out with Ben.
denouncing = strongly criticizing
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Three Scotches later, Aria and Ezra had established that they'd both met the same old sailor bartender at the Borg bar in Reykjavik, loved the way bathing in the mineral-rich blue lagoon hot springs made them feel sleepy, and actually liked the rotten-egg sulfur smell of the geothermal hot spring water.†
established = learned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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flaunt
1 use
Ali always flaunted hers, but the only time Aria seemed to notice she even had boobs was when she knit everyone bras as Christmas gifts and had to make herself a larger size.
flaunted = 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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hypnotize
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hypnotized to try to remember
Doesn't hypnosis make you say stuff you don't want to say?
hypnosis = a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypnotize means:
to put someone into a state of hypnosis (a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility)

(Heightened suggestibility means that the hypnotized person is more inclined to accept and act on suggestions of the hypnotist.)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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incredulous
2 uses
Spencer stared at Andrew incredulously.
incredulously = with disbelief or surprise
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 14
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luminous
2 uses
Her bare skin looked luminous, and her face was slightly flushed.
luminous = glowing (beautiful)
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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melancholy
2 uses
This was such a perfect friend moment, it made her feel kind of melancholy and nostalgic.
melancholy = thoughtfully sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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mosaic
2 uses
It smelled faintly of macaroni and cheese but there was a crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, a funky mosaic tile around the mantel, and real logs in the fireplace.
mosaic = art consisting of a design made of many pieces of colored material such as tile
DefinitionGenerally mosaic means:
art consisting of a design made of many pieces of colored material such as stone or tile

or more rarely:

anything made of many differing parts of equal importance, but varying appearance
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1st useIntr.
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nostalgia
1 use
This was such a perfect friend moment, it made her feel kind of melancholy and nostalgic.
nostalgic = longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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passage
1 use
The entries were all about the books Andrew liked to read, dorky boy philosophizing, a couple of melancholy passages about an unrequited crush on some girl he never named.†
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 29
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pilfer
2 uses
She sat on her living room couch, dressed in her rattiest C&C T-shirt and a pair of Calvin Klein boxer briefs she'd pilfered out of Sean's top drawer.
pilfered = stolen (taken without asking)
DefinitionGenerally pilfer means:
to steal things of little value — especially on a regular basis
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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spontaneous
2 uses
She had this horrible sense that she really was going to spontaneously morph back into her seventh-grade self.
spontaneously = suddenly without apparent cause

(editor's note:  In this context, morph is a synonym for change.)
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner

or:

happening naturally (without planning or external force)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 8
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
Was that a tiny, tentative knock at the door?
tentative = unsure (showing a lack of confidence)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 24
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