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adrenaline
9 uses
You want an adrenaline rush?†
adrenaline rush = the intense feeling that comes from an increase in the "fight or flight" hormone
DefinitionGenerally adrenaline means:
"fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress (making the body feel excited and ready for action)
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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anguish
4 uses
But his anguish after he'd discovered his dead son had sounded real.†
anguish = extreme distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme distress of body or mind
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Maybe if I hit some code-breaking sites I could figure out a different approach for how to find our parents.†
approach = way of doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 41-50
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
appropriated the
Nudge got onto the laptop we'd more or less appropriated from Anne.†
appropriated = of resources:  given, assigned, or seized — usually for a particular use
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
give, assign, or seize a resource — usually for a particular use
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 71-80
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condescending
1 use
"That is so condescending," he said.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-40
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deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
8 uses
Morphing had hurt at first — his lupine DNA wasn't seamlessly grafted into his stem cells, like the other Erasers'.†
DNA = cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
I glanced around again — and saw Angel looking directly at me through the vent.†
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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Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-20
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2  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I was stunned — they'd never disobeyed a direct order.†
direct = clear, straightforward, or to the point
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1-10
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
The Director was right — they're going to Washington DC.†
director = someone (or one of a group) who is in charge of an organization or project — sometimes someone in charge of making a film or other performance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
their border dispute
That Nudge never quit yapping, and Angel and Gasman had gotten into disputes like whether the sky was blue and what day this was.
disputes = disagreements or arguments
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 121-130
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invincible
3 uses
I remembered that I was Invincible Max and that the whitecoats making me run through their maze were a bunch of losers.†
invincible = impossible to defeat or overcome
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 101-110
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mollify
2 uses
She caught sight of me in my uniform and looked mollified.†
mollified = calmed (from anger or distress)
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-40
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optimistic
2 uses
I felt kind of optimistic.†
optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-10
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revise
1 use
Only three days before this year's budget was supposed to be presented, President Danning announced a stunning revision: He has taken back almost a billion dollars allotted to the military and is channeling it into public education, as well as nationwide shelters for homeless women and children.†
revision = a change; or a changed version
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 71-80
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serene
3 uses
I mean, there was no way I was going to wallow in serenity for more than two seconds, right?†
serenity = calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 91-100
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suburban
5 uses
Anne's huge Suburban held us all, and Fang got to recline most of the way.†
suburban = relating to a residential district located on the outskirts of a city (near the city, but far from the center of it)
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Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-30
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vary
2 uses
The others nodded with varying levels of enthusiasm.†
varying = differing; or changing
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11-20
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virtual   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
virtual organization
Gliders are virtually soundless.
virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 91-100
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
computer's virtual world
A fine time for the big guys' latest super-top-secret holographic virtual-reality system to crash.
virtual = simulated by a computer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
something simulated by a computer
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 131-142
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow happily in the mud
Of course it was too freaking peaceful to last, right? I mean, there was no way I was going to wallow in serenity for more than two seconds, right?
wallow = relax
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 91-100
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