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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
"So even Peter might be a better alternative."
...
"Once you realize that power will always end up with the sort of people who crave it, I think that there are worse people who could have it than Peter."
alternative = something available as another possibility
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
approached the city
Other soldiers approached his table at mess and asked permission to sit down.
approached = went to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book5 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
use the best approach
If that had been a good army, C toon, your approach was so slow they would have had you from the flanks before you got into good position.
approach = technique (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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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ascetic
1 use
"A non-materialist. And yet you are unpleasantly fat.
A gluttonous ascetic? Such a contradiction."

"When I'm tense, I eat."
ascetic = one who practices self-denial

(editor's note:  In this context, someone who is gluttonous eats more than they should.)
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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1st useChapter 14
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atrophy
1 use
most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied... sexual organs.
atrophied = withered (shrunken and deteriorated)
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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1st useChapter 13
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
But they did learn what attributes of their writing were seized upon as childish and immature.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
To what, commander, do you attribute your remarkable success?
attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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bound   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
And if this fight is long, he's bound to win.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —2 uses as in:
bound together
Ender liked having the announcement of the extra fifteen minutes come from the toon leaders. Let the boys learn that leniency comes from their toon leaders, and harshness from their commander. It will bind them better in the small, tight knots of this fabric.
bind = unite or hold together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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3  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The I.F. could do it, even if the American government was constitutionally bound not to.
bound = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to be constrained in some way — such as tied up, prevented, required, or obligated
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "Her wrists were bound." — tied up
  • "I am bound by my word." — required or obligated (in this case to keep a promise)
  • "It is a binding contract." — must be obeyed (The people who signed the contract are legally required to do what it says or suffer legal penalties.)
  • "He is muscle bound." — prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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4  —1 use as in:
It put me in a bind.
It had to be a trick or you couldn't have done it. It's the bind we were in. We had to have a commander with.... But somebody with that much compassion could never be the killer we needed.
bind = difficult situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bind means:
a difficult situation
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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5  —1 use as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
...so instead of kicking he lunged upward off the floor, with the powerful lunge of the soldier bounding from the wall, and jammed his head into Bonzo's face.
bounding = leaping or jumping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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censor
7 uses
It's all there, nothing censored.
censored = removed as unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of censor means:
to remove or suppress anything considered obscene, immoral, or politically unacceptable

or:

a person who does such suppression
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
"Everybody's better than I am," Ender said, trying to dissociate himself from her contempt for the boys who would, after all, be his near bunkmates.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
Graff had deliberately set him up to be separate from the other boys, made it impossible for him to be close to them.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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evaluate
2 uses
These observers are here to evaluate what you have learned.
evaluate = consider and make a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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gullible
1 use
They had become quite deft at sifting accurate information out of the stories of the hopelessly ignorant, gullible news writers.
gullible = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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passage
1 use
What bothered Valentine most was when her column got syndicated into several other regional newsnets, and Father started reading it and quoting from it at table. "Finally, a man with some sense," he said. Then he quoted some of the passages Valentine hated worst in her own work.
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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quibble
1 use
This is what historians usually do, quibble about cause and effect when the point is, there are times when the world is in flux and the right voice in the right place can move the world.
quibble = argue (about unimportant things)
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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1st useChapter 9
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whimsical
1 use
But he was able to set up a file for a nonexistent student, whom he whimsically named God.
whimsically = impulsively (not by reason or necessity)
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful, amusing, or impulsive rather than seriously rational
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1st useChapter 5
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