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accompany   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
"So long," he said patronizingly to the Warden, who had accompanied him as far as the lift gates.
accompanied = traveled with
From page 142.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9, p.142.3
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2  —2 uses as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
...he feels in himself that radical sense of weakness, of listlessness, of discomfort, which accompanies the advance of age;
accompanies = goes with
From page 232.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 3, p.51.3
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adapt   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 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)
From page 48.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3, p.48.9
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2  —1 use as in:
especially well adapted for
The Warden was a blond and brachycephalic Alpha-Minus, short, red, moon-faced, and broad-shouldered, with a loud booming voice, very well adapted to the utterance of hypnopaedic wisdom.
well adapted = well suited
From page 101.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapted means:
to be especially well suited or appropriate for something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.101.2
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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
From page 213.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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, p.97.7
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compensate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she compensates with extra effort
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.
compensations = things to make up for something else

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
From page 221.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compensate means:
make up for; or adjust for
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16, p.221.5
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compose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
compose a poem
He wrote regularly for The Hourly Radio, composed feely scenarios, and had the happiest knack for slogans and hypnopaedic rhymes.
composed = wrote
From page 67.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4, p.66.3
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2  —1 use as in:
composed of many parts
Not philosophers but fret-sawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society.
compose = make up

(editor's note:  Someone who saws wood into pieces is called a sawyer. A fret-sawyer is someone who saws with a type of saw called a fretsaw which is made for intricate cutting that often involves tight curves.)
From page 4.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to create something by arranging parts; or to be those parts
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.4.6
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comprehend
10 uses
He began to talk a lot of incomprehensible and dangerous nonsense.
incomprehensible = not understandable

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehensible means not and reverses the meaning of comprehensible. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
From page 93.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book10 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.24.9
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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.)
From page 209.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.91.2
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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.)
From page 14.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.2
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engage   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
engage in conversation
Half a dozen nurses ... were engaged in setting out bowls of roses in a long row across the floor.
engaged = involved
From page 19.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2, p.19.5
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2  —1 use as in:
engage her services
He has an unexpected engagement.
engagement = activity
From page 165.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.165.2
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3  —3 uses as in:
engage the gears
Red in the face, he tried to disengage himself from her embrace.
disengage = separate

(Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disengage means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of engage as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
From page 150.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of engage means:
move into position to work; or start
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.169.8
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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
From page 180.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12, p.180.7
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indignant
13 uses
The news was received with indignation. The men were furious at having been tricked into behaving politely to this insignificant fellow with the unsavoury reputation and the heretical opinions.
indignation = anger at something unjust

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
From page 173.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book13 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10, p.150.4
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profound
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
profound sadness
Well, of course, our readers would be profoundly interested...
profoundly = intensely
From page 249.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.94.7
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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
From page 46.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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, p.12.5
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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)
From page 12.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally synthetic means:
artificial (man-made rather than natural); or not genuine
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Book24 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.12.8
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tone
32 uses
Lenina blushed scarlet; but her eyes, the tone of her voice remained defiant.
tone = quality of the voice that expresses a general feeling, mood, or attitude
From page 40.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.17.1
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