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Fahrenheit 451
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abstract   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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2  —2 uses as in:
abstract art
She is an abstract painter.
abstract = not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
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displace
3 uses
It is a much better way to manufacture the product, but many workers will be displaced by the new technology.
displaced = forced to move (in this case, out of their old jobs)
DefinitionGenerally displace means:
force to move; or to take the place of
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environment
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
conditions in that environment
Cactus survives in the harsh desert environment.
environment = surrounding conditions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of environment means:
surrounding conditions (such as:)
  • conditions in a geographic area
  • conditions that affect a particular activity — such as business, learning, or raising children
  • conditions that create a certain mood — such as one of romance or competition
  • conditions that impact a particular computer system, subsystem, or program
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone.
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create or start
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evaluate
1 use
I'm evaluating colleges and deciding which I want to apply to.
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgement about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgement about something
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exhalation
3 uses
She cleared her snorkel with a sharp exhalation.
exhalation = the act of breathing air out of the lungs
DefinitionGenerally exhalation means:
the act of breathing air out of the lungs; or the air breathed out
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fugitive
3 uses
She is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
fugitives = people fleeing law enforcement officers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who flees from an unpleasant situation — especially fleeing law enforcement officers
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function
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Amazon's new search function
I like Amazon's new search function.
function = computer code that performs a specific task
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luminous
3 uses
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = glowing or shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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melancholy
5 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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meteor
2 uses
Most meteors come from rocks that are about the size of a pebble.
meteors = a streak of light in the night sky that results from a space rock burning in the earth's atmosphere
DefinitionGenerally meteor means:
a streak of light in the night sky that results from a space rock burning in the earth's atmosphere

or:

a meteoroid:  a small space rock that hit the earth's atmosphere

or:

a meteorite:  a stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that reached the earth's surface
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objective
2 uses
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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perish
2 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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positive
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt)
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sloth
2 uses
It is difficult to change the habit of sloth.
sloth = laziness
DefinitionGenerally sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)

or:

a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
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subside
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
her anger subsided
I couldn't think clearly until the pain subsided.
subsided = became less severe
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
Early cat domestication is traced back to China over 5,000 years ago.
traced = found through investigation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of

This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something

    • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
    • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
    • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
    • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation

  • to research or report on the development of something

    • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
    • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on

  • to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something

    • She traces the progress of at-risk students — monitors information
    • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track

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2  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
She used her finger to trace a route on the map.
trace = draw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • copying the outline of an image

    • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
    • She projected the image onto the wall, then hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil

  • draw an outline or a specific pattern

    • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
    • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw

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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
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