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adapted
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
In the nurseries, the Elementary Class Consciousness lesson was over, the voices were adapting future demand to future industrial supply. "I do love flying," they whispered, "I do love flying, I do love having new clothes, I do love ..."
adapting = changing (to fit a situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapted means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 3
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
avert
11 uses
  A great shout suddenly went up from the mob; a wave of movement drove it menacingly towards the Savage.
  "Ford help him!" said Bernard, and averted his eyes.
averted = turned away
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
They had never seen a face like hers before–had never seen a face that was not youthful and taut-skinned, a body that had ceased to be slim and upright. All these moribund sexagenarians had the appearance of childish girls. At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences

(editor's notes:  Sexagenarians are people who are 60-69 years old. Even thought these old people look great, describing them as moribund indicates that they lack vitality.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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defile
4 uses
Like maggots they had swarmed defilingly over the mystery of Linda's death.
defilingly = in a manner that dirtied the beauty or purity of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defile means:
to dirty the beauty or purity of something
in various senses, including:
  • pollute a pristine lake
  • harm a reputation or good name
  • damage or disrespect something sacred
  • take a person's virginity in a disrespectful way
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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deride
8 uses
  The singing words mocked him derisively.
  "How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world ..."
derisively = in a manner that showed no respect for his feelings or ideas

(editor's note:  We first hear John quote these lines from Shakespeare's The Tempest when he is joyful. Shakespeare wrote, "How beauteous mankind is. O brave new world that has such people in it." It expresses delight in the beauty of humanity. This time, when John says the words, he is looking at dozens of factory-created identical twins and is feeling very different.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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embryo
35 uses
Nothing like oxygen-shortage for keeping an embryo below par.
embryo = in this book: a human organism between the time of fertilization and birth

(editor's note:  A biology teacher will tell you that embryo describes the first eight weeks of human development prior to the fetal stage when organs have formed. But embryonic is also used to describe anything in the early stages of development, and Huxley uses embryo loosely to describe the developing human organism up until the time of birth.)
DefinitionGenerally embryo means:
an organism in the early stages of growth prior to birth, hatching, or sprouting; in humans the first eight weeks of development (prior to the fetal stage)
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Book35 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
And at once this possibility became an established certainty: John had refused to come because he didn't like her.
established = proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
I always illustrate my lecture with a lot of technical examples.
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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indefatigable
7 uses
...the dancers continued for a while to circulate, to beat and beat out the indefatigable rhythm.
indefatigable = energetic without sign of tiring
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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profound
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
profound sadness
  "But it was fun," Lenina insisted. "Wasn't it?"
  "Oh, the greatest fun," he answered, but in a voice so mournful, with an expression so profoundly miserable, that Lenina felt all her triumph suddenly evaporate.
profoundly = intensely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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propaganda
10 uses
Why was that old fellow such a marvellous propaganda technician?
propaganda = information intended to influence opinions
DefinitionGenerally propaganda means:
one-sided information that is purposefully spread to influence opinions — often misleading information of a political nature
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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relevant
1 use
  "Eighty-eight cubic metres of card-index," said Mr. Foster with relish, as they entered.
  "Containing all the relevant information," added the Director.
relevant = important
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
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senile
5 uses
"But I'm very glad," Dr. Shaw had concluded, "to have had this opportunity to see an example of senility in a human being."
senility = mental weakness caused by old age
DefinitionGenerally senile means:
mental weakness caused by old age; or describing a medical condition as caused by old age
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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solidarity
13 uses
...and final consummation of solidarity,
solidarity = state of agreement and mutual support amongst members of a group
DefinitionGenerally solidarity means:
a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
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Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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squalid
3 uses
And home was as squalid psychically as physically.
squalid = dirty and unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally squalid means:
dirty and unpleasant; or (more rarely) immoral
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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surrogate
27 uses
They say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the bottle–thought he was a Gamma and put alcohol into his blood-surrogate.
surrogate = something that takes the place of something else
DefinitionGenerally surrogate means:
someone (or something) taking the place of another
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Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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synthetic
24 uses
...the centrifugal pump that kept the liquid moving over the placenta and drove it through the synthetic lung and waste product filter.
synthetic = artificial (man-made rather than natural)
DefinitionGenerally synthetic means:
artificial (man-made rather than natural); or not genuine
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Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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tone
32 uses
"Least of all," she continued in another tone "why you don't take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours."
tone = quality of the voice that expresses a general feeling, mood, or attitude
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Book32 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
And in exceptional cases we can make one ovary yield us over fifteen thousand adult individuals.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
Strong in his new importance, he put his arm around the Head Mistress's waist. It yielded, willowily.
yielded = gave way (moved)

(editor's note:  Willowily is used to mean in the manner of a willow tree — a tree with slender branches that bend gracefully in the wind.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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