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The Catcher in the Rye

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acquaint
1 use
You should acquaint yourself with the new computer program.
acquaint = cause to know better
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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apparent
1 use
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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1st useChapter 24
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approximate
1 use
The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
approximately = about
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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1st useChapter 9
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Benedict Arnold
3 uses
To this day "Benedict Arnold" can be used as an American synonym for "traitor."
Benedict Arnold = U.S. general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
DefinitionGenerally Benedict Arnold means:
general who betrayed the U.S. in the Revolutionary War and whose name is, to this day, synonymous with the word traitor (1741-1801)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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hemorrhage
1 use
A hemorrhage in the brain is common with shaken baby syndrome.
hemorrhage = to bleed excessively
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
severe bleeding — typically inside the body

or:

figurative use  to describe any rapid loss
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1st useChapter 1
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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1st useChapter 2
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innumerable
1 use
She has been the target of innumerable investigations.
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
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1st useChapter 2
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 2
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Ivy League
4 uses
She wants to attend an Ivy League school.
Ivy League = a group of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige
DefinitionGenerally Ivy League means:
a group of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that regularly compete  against each other in sports and have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige

(Specifically:  Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, & Yale)
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1st useChapter 12
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Monsieur
1 use
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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1st useChapter 13
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opera
1 use
She is a popular opera singer.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pedagogy
1 use
The pedagogy courses are my favorite.
pedagogy = study and practices of teaching
DefinitionGenerally pedagogy means:
the study and practices of teaching
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1st useChapter 24
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positive
3 uses
1  —3 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; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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prejudice
1 use
The group works to eliminate racial prejudice.
prejudice = unreasonable and unfair belief or feeling
DefinitionGenerally prejudice means:
to have unreasonable belief that is unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group

or more generally:

to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
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1st useChapter 15
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reciprocal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reciprocal privileges
It is a reciprocal trade agreement.
reciprocal = balanced (equivalence shared)

(in this case, members of the agreement decided together to follow shared rules that have fair costs and benefits for each party)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reciprocal means:
something shared or interchanged equally

(such as equal responsibility, shared feelings, mutual respect, or exchanged aid)
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1st useChapter 24
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recite
2 uses
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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sacrilege
1 use
They consider it sacrilege to depict Muhammad in a drawing.
sacrilege = disrespect of something sacred
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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1st useChapter 18
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sober
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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spendthrift
1 use
She has a reputation as a spendthrift.
spendthrift = someone who wastes money
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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superintendent
1 use
Our superintendent was surprisingly good in the faculty-student basketball game.
superintendent = the person who directs and manages the school district
DefinitionGenerally superintendent means:
a person who directs and manages an organization — such as a school district

or:

a caretaker of a building — such as an apartment building
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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