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abundant
5 uses
What triggered my fascination wasn't the sheer majesty of the librarian's nose, but her abundant confidence.†
abundant = present in great quantity
From page 161.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.45.9
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alliance
4 uses
I would pick up the receiver to find somebody from the Alliance Francaise with a piddling question or comment.†
alliance = association formed to support common interests
From page 132.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally alliance means:
an association formed to support common interests
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.103.2
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anomaly
1 use
This may not seem like such a big deal in other families, but my parents, both of whom are painfully shy, looked upon their outgoing anomaly just as Native Americans regard an albino buffalo—he was a miracle.†
anomaly = something outside of the range of what is normally expected
From page 43.1  Typical Usage
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8, p.43.1
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beckon
3 uses
"Let's get there and see which island beckons us" was our motto.†
beckons = calls (figuratively by being desirable)
From page 167.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.72.1
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
In contrast to Francois's family, mine were busy making plans for a joyous occasion.†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
From page 145.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 22, p.145.3
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dubious
1 use
My brother Farshid, with his schedule full of soccer, wrestling, and karate, was too busy to be recruited for this dubious honor.†
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty — sometimes to indicate that something described as good is actually bad
From page 10.8  Typical Usage
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.10.8
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
During my years as a French student, every textbook I had ever read had elaborated upon the unforgettable jubilance known as Bastille Day, the parade down the Champs-Elysées, the fireworks, the general merriment, and the cherished memories born only of this event.†
elaborated = added details or explained in detail
From page 135.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21, p.135.2
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enable
3 uses
Mine is the kind of nose that enabled me to impress fellow high school students with my ability to balance a pencil and eraser between my nose and mouth.†
enabled = made possible
From page 162.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16, p.101.5
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foreshadow
2 uses
I wondered if the summer somehow foreshadowed the rest of my life.†
foreshadowed = was a sign of
From page 139.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally foreshadow means:
to be a sign of future events
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.33.9
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imam
1 use
We learned about the Prophet Muhammad and the imams.
imams = Islamic religious leaders
From page 86.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally imam means:
Islam:  the person who leads prayers in a mosque

or for Shiites:  a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law, and a spiritual guide
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1st useChapter 14, p.86.5
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impending
4 uses
More important, this job meant that Aunt Sedigeh had the scoop on every impending marriage for miles around.†
impending = about to happen
From page 147.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.30.7
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irrelevant
1 use
We decided to ignore the swimsuit competition, calling it irrelevant.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
From page 177.9  Typical Usage
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 25, p.177.9
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linguistic
3 uses
Fluent in Arabic, he had a particular interest in linguistic roots.†
linguistic = related to language
From page 98  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.11.6
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lucrative
2 uses
I didn't want to get on her bad side early on in this lucrative job so I smiled as I tried to untangle her arms.†
lucrative = profitable
From page 123.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20, p.123.7
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maternal
5 uses
The noses in my maternal lineage are all large and hooked.†
maternal = relating to a mother; or characteristic of parents — such as to care for and help to develop
From page 162  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22, p.144.7
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nonetheless
5 uses
My goldfish had never done that, but I was nonetheless able to understand the international symbol for "I'm going to scratch out your eyeballs."†
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
From page 126.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4, p.18.9
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phenomenon
1 use
The all-you-can-eat buffet, that American phenomenon, represented the only endurance exercise at which my family excelled.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
From page 52.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.52.9
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precede
1 use
The festivities are preceded by weeks of preparation.†
preceded = went or was before
From page 106  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17, p.106
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subsequent
2 uses
After his return to Iran and subsequent marriage, he had convinced my mother to make Jell-O on a fairly regular basis.†
subsequent = following something else
From page 85.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13, p.74.5
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theme
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
theme of the novel
If you were to design a theme park around the crashed drug plane, what would you call it?†
theme park = an amusement park with one or more basic underlying ideas — such as the Magic Kingdom
From page 177.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of theme means:
a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done — especially in a literary or artistic work
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 25, p.177.4
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