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accompany
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
law and accompanying regulations
A color picture of the work-in-progress accompanied the article.
accompanied = complemented (was also provided to make the whole better)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
complement (to provide with something else to make it whole or better)
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anonymous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an anonymous author
We plead with her, send anonymous notes.
anonymous = unsigned and not revealing who sent them
DefinitionGenerally this sense of anonymous means:
an unknown person, or of an unknown person — such as an unknown author, or donation of an unknown person
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conjugate
1 use
I do my homework—choose five verbs and conjugate them.
conjugate = grammatically change verb forms depending upon context
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conjugate means:
grammatical changes of verb forms to agree with other words in a sentence for tense, number, person, and other things

English tense example:
    She writes.
    She is writing.
    She will write tomorrow.
    She has written in the past.
  
English number example:
      Jane is...
      Jane and Susan are...
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
It is in my contract.
contract = a formal agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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demented
2 uses
I went through a demented phase when I thought that roses should cover everything and pink was a great color.
demented = crazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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demure
1 use
Connors did not win a lacrosse scholarship by being demure or hesitant.
demure = modest, quiet, and shy
DefinitionGenerally demure means:
modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
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deranged
1 use
I can hear myself-I'm mumbling like a deranged drunk.
deranged = mentally imbalanced
DefinitionGenerally deranged means:
mentally imbalanced — often temporarily due to anger
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devious
1 use
Some part of me has planned this, a devious internal compass pointed to the past.
devious = deceitful (not honest and straightforward)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devious means:
deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
suffered discrimination
We can't be the Buccaneers because pirates supported violence and discrimination against women.
discrimination = unfair treatment to a group (in this case because of gender)

(editor's note:  The word discrimination is almost always used to indicate the unfair bad treatment of a group, but it could be used to indicate unfair better treatment of a group. The phrase discrimination against emphasizes that bad treatment is being discussed.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to treat people of different groups differently — especially unfair treatment due to race, religion or gender
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dominate
1 use
Keen writes "Dominant/Recessive" on the board.
dominant = controlling; or most influential
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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dormant
2 uses
...how to come back to life after my long undersnow dormancy.
dormancy = long-term inactivity
DefinitionGenerally dormant means:
not active or growing, but capable of doing so in the future
in various senses, including:
  • a volcano that is not erupting and not extinct
  • a plant not growing in the winter
  • a disease that is not currently causing harm or growing worse, but which is not cured and might grow worse in the future
  • a person's talents or feelings that are yet to be realized
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eloquent
1 use
I have never heard a more eloquent silence.
eloquent = powerful use of language

(editor's note:  The author is saying that in this situation, not speaking said more than anything that might have been said.)
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embedded
2 uses
...the house with bits of glass embedded in the walls-
embedded = partially implanted in
DefinitionGenerally embedded means:
firmly within
in various senses, including:
  • firmly stuck into — as a thorn into a finger
  • enclosed within — as a fossil within a rock
  • implanted as a part — sometimes specifically of a reporter living with a military unit
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incriminate
2 uses
Maybe I don't want to incriminate myself.
incriminate = make appear guilty
DefinitionGenerally incriminate means:
to make someone appear guilty
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She doesn't think the Clan Leaders, Meg 'n' Emily 'n' Siobhan, understand irony. They like rules too much.
irony = saying one thing while meaning something else
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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loathe
1 use
He is not as tall as my memories, but is still loathsome.
loathsome = disgusting or very bad
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
...they had patrons who understood the need to pay for basic things such as paper and paint ...
patrons = someone who contributes money to an organization
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
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perversion
2 uses
But your feelings got hurt, so you started spreading lies, and now every girl in school is talking about me like I'm some kind of pervert.
pervert = someone who likes sexual practices considered unacceptable by society
DefinitionGenerally perversion means:
the conversion of something so it is not what it should be — especially a sexual practice considered unacceptable by society
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probation
2 uses
She is a freshman member on probation.
probation = a period of testing (in this case, by a group to determine if someone will be accepted as a regular member)
DefinitionGenerally probation means:
a period of testing (especially of person)
in various senses, including:
  • a period during which a criminal does not have to be in prison as long as they demonstrate good behavior and obey special restrictions
  • a period during which a new employee is tried out on the job and during which the employee does not have all the privileges of a regular employee
  • a period during which a student's grades or behavior must improve to prevent being kicked out of school
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wistful
2 uses
Hairwoman tells us they canceled school for a whole week back in the seventies because of the energy crisis. ... She looks wistful.
wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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