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acquiesce
1 use
His acquiescence probably had to do with the fact that...
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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consternation
2 uses
Scott frowned in consternation.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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context
1 use
In another context, she might have found something soothing about it; right now, it felt as foreign as everything else.
context = situation (under other circumstances)
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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contrite
1 use
For what it was worth, he seemed genuinely contrite.
contrite = sorry for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Tired of waiting and satisfied that she'd conveyed her message, she turned and headed back inside.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 22 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
The doors of Blakelee Brakes had been open only for ten minutes when Will saw her push through the lobby doors and head directly into the service center.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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2  —10 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Giggling, she skipped off around the corner ... directly into the arms of Marcus.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book10 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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3  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
The words struck her with their full weight, unavoidable and direct.†
direct = clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed her question to
She barely heard the words but somehow knew they were directed at her.†
directed = aimed (intended for)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book2 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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5  —5 uses as in:
directed the movie
She'd called on her first day back in New York and had spoken to the director.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book5 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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highlight   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
highlight the main findings
Like Kayla, she had at least half a dozen piercings in each ear, highlighted with a couple of miniature skulls that dangled from her earlobes, and her dark eye shadow and eyeliner gave her an almost feral appearance.†
highlighted = emphasized (calling attention to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
emphasize (call attention to something)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
highlights of the year
That, she supposed, was the highlight of her career.†
highlight = best part
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
something that stands out
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
She felt a rush of pride that she still had the ability not only to interpret music, but to imagine possible variations.†
interpret = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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oblivious
5 uses
While Ronnie could see that it was anything but interesting to Susan, Will remained oblivious.
oblivious = unaware
DefinitionGenerally oblivious means:
unaware of
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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paralysis
5 uses
The sight of Marcus suddenly being driven to the ground seemed to paralyze them,
paralyze = make unable to move
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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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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passage
5 uses
Her dad continued to study his Bible, and sometimes he'd read a passage or verse aloud at her request.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31
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perceptive
1 use
For a grease monkey slash volleyball player, he was pretty perceptive.
perceptive = better at noticing things than most people
DefinitionGenerally perceptive means:
to be better at noticing or realizing things than most people
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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skeptical
5 uses
She didn't bother to hide her skepticism.
skepticism = doubt (that something is true)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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summon
6 uses
He hesitated, trying to summon his strength, for the rest of what he had to say.
summon = called forth
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
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Book6 uses
Library35 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
When he spoke, his voice was at once tentative and urgent.
tentative = careful or unsure
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 26
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