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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Congress will appropriate funds
Appropriations for Sardaukar training went down steadily in the final thirty years before the Arrakis Revolt.
appropriations = budget

(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.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to set aside for a particular use
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augment
2 uses
The Fremen guard that augmented the surviving Fedaykin took up stations around the room.
augmented = enlarged or increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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bronze
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a bronze tan
The hall door opened and his mother peered in, hair like shaded bronze held with a black ribbon at the crown, her oval face emotionless and green eyes staring solemnly.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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censure
2 uses
But error on the side of caution cannot be censured.
censured = criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
And the Fremen defer to him.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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delta
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
river delta
They'd flown over the southern jungles, above the weed-wild shouting leaves and rice paddies of the deltas.
deltas = geological areas where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
a typically triangular area with sand or soil where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
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descend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
The fat hand descended onto the globe, stopped the spinning.
descended = moved down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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2  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
We're going to need at least five battalions of those people before the Sardaukar descend on us.†
descend = come suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...laughed with just the right tone of appreciation, but the sound carried a note of discord as it collided with...
discord = unpleasant sounding together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
I will ease the harshness of the place with all the powers at my disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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emulate
2 uses
Paul studied Idaho, marking the feline movements, the swiftness of reflex that made him such a difficult weapons teacher to emulate.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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ephemeral
1 use
Now, they came in with deeper plantings — ephemerals...
ephemerals = existing only for a short time (in this case ephemerals refers specifically to flowers that bloom only a very short time)
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furtive
4 uses
a way of hiding from the youth, a furtiveness of person and motives that no eye could penetrate.
furtiveness = a disposition to be stealthy (taking pains to avoid being observed)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Where the two groups had met at the dune crest, a dust cloud partly obscured violent motion.
obscured = hid or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
The Bene Gesserit role is more obscure.
obscure = not well known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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3  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
He tells us that a single obscure decision of prophecy, perhaps the choice of one word over another, could change the entire aspect of the future.
obscure = seemingly unimportant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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olfactory
1 use
SNOOPER, POISON: radiation analyzer within the olfactory spectrum and keyed to detect poisonous substances.
olfactory = related to the sense of smell
DefinitionGenerally olfactory means:
relating to the sense of smell
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stagnate
3 uses
they'd chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation.
stagnation = not developing or improving

(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.)
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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succession
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
presidential line of succession
The Reverend Mother dare not become involved in the succession.
succession = replacement (of someone taking a job or position after another person leaves it)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
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ubiquitous
1 use
She sensed an immediate difference in the air about his face ... but it was only the spice, the ubiquitous spice whose odor permeated everything in Fremen life.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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