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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute sense of smell
I'd spent a lot of my life listening to it from just this kind of distance, but still, it never failed to make me acutely aware of every bit of the space between me and its source.
acutely = sharply (very or painfully)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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conciliatory
1 use
In an attempt to be conciliatory, I said...
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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condescending
2 uses
"Okay," I said, picking some gravel off my elbow, "now you're really being condescending."
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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condone
1 use
How can she be a woman, not to mention a mother, and condone this sort of thing?
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
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1st useChapter 7
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
He was telling me he met some Norwegians who were on their way to a convention in Amsterdam.
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
Hollis was still bucking convention and his own history.
convention = normal behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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copious
1 use
It was like being in a carnival fun house, but with a copious amount of hair gel.
copious = abundant (a lot)
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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1st useChapter 10
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epiphany
1 use
He was still exhausting them, albeit from another continent, wandering around Europe and sending only the occasional e-mail detailing yet another epiphany concerning what he should do with his life, followed by a request for more money to put it into action.
epiphany = sudden realization
DefinitionGenerally epiphany means:
a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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1st useChapter 1
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nocturnal
2 uses
Mom doesn't exactly know about my nocturnal habits.
nocturnal = nighttime
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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nostalgia
3 uses
But years from now, when you're feeling nostalgic about this summer and yet can't really reminisce because of a lack of documentation, don't blame me.
nostalgic = with a 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
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1st useChapter 5
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nuance
1 use
Every time I overheard her going on in such detail about stuff like this, the nuances of different brands of flip-flops, or the pros and cons of boy shorts versus bikini bottoms, it seemed like such a waste.
nuances = subtle differences (minor differences not obvious or important to most people)
DefinitionGenerally nuance means:
a subtle difference  (a minor difference not obvious or important to most people)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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petulant
1 use
"Fine," my dad said, and instantly I recognized his tone, put upon and petulant.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I'd long ago resolved to be cordial but not overly so, lest I be sucked into some conversation about what celebrity was in rehab or strap versus strapless dresses.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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2  —4 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
When he saw Heidi, and she looked back at him, I knew instantly their argument from the night before had not been resolved.
resolved = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
It was smaller and more academically rigorous,
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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scrutiny
1 use
She was still reading my cards as she said this, and I felt the familiar twinge I always experienced whenever anything I did was suddenly under her scrutiny.
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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static
1 use
For the next two hours, I immersed myself in Heidi's books, more grateful than ever for the dependability and static nature of numbers and calculations.
static = not moving or not changing
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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stoic
2 uses
...then arranged my face to as stoic and unbothered an expression as I could manage.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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tangible
2 uses
Beside me, Eli just stood there, the awkwardness tangible, something solid you could feel.
tangible = obvious (metaphorically, capable of being touched)
DefinitionGenerally tangible means:
capable of being touched, or easily understood so there is no question of its value or reality
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 9
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
Tentatively, I pushed open the door, peering in.
tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
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 12
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