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The Giver

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acquisition
3 uses
From the fifth grade onward, most vocabulary acquisition occurs incidentally while reading.
acquisition = obtaining (in this case, understanding of words)
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7, p.54.4
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annex
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
annex of the main building
The YMCA added an annex where younger children can play.
annex = an addition that extends a main building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of annex means:
an addition that extends a main building

or:

to attach something — especially to something larger or more important
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.68.5
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aptitude
3 uses
She took an online career aptitude test and then a career interest test.
aptitude = natural ability
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.15.4
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attribute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.61.7
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chastise
10 uses
She said the United Nations resolution amounted to chastising Israel for wanting to exist.
chastising = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.20.9
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
The girls are using a simple code where "1" corresponds to "A", "2" to "B" and so on for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
corresponds = is equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6, p.48.8
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designate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
designated driver
I'll be the designated driver.
designated = assigned (for a particular purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of designate means:
assign someone or something for a particular purpose
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.54.3
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2  —2 uses as in:
designated by a star on the map
State capital cities are designated on the map by stars.
designated = signified (indicated in a particular way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of designate means:
indicate or signify (show something in a particular way)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.40.8
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disposition
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood or typical way of behaving
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.4
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distraught
3 uses
At the time, she was distraught over the loss of her child.
distraught = extremely distressed
DefinitionGenerally distraught means:
extremely distressed—typically with worry or grief
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.4.1
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empower
2 uses
The Constitution empowers the Vice President to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate.
empowers = gives power or authority to
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.71.7
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excruciating
4 uses
My toothache is excruciating.
excruciating = extremely painful
DefinitionGenerally excruciating means:
extremely painful—physically as from a toothache or emotionally as from embarrassment
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.70.1
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fleeting
6 uses
Her moments of happiness were few and fleeting.
fleeting = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.62.1
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lapse
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a lapse in judgement
Apparently the error occurred because of a lapse in the air controller's concentration.
lapse = temporary failure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of lapse means:
a change in behavior or state—usually undesired such as a temporary failure
The exact meaning of this sense of lapse is often subject to its context:
  • basic example that simply indicates an undesired change in behavior — "lapsed into alcoholism"
  • example indicating that the change was short-term and due to a failure (often of effort or diligence) — "a lapse in judgment"
  • example indicating return to a previous undesired behavior or state — "lapsed into her old bad habits"
  • examples indicating a change in what was occurring where the change is not necessarily negative — "There was a lapse in the conversation," or "She stopped talking as she lapsed into her own internal world."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.55.9
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obsolete
2 uses
My mother still has a twenty-year-old obsolete computer in storage.
obsolete = no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11, p.84.1
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reflect   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I want to reflect on it.
At the beginning of this passage, the author reflects on her life as a waitress.
reflects = thinks carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.25.9
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2  —2 uses as in:
reflect poorly on the school
The failing test scores would reflect poorly on the school.
reflect = influence opinion
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.45.9
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successor
5 uses
He was President Lincoln's successor.
successor = replacement (in this case, the next President of the United States)
DefinitionGenerally successor means:
replacement — typically a person who takes the job of another person, but it can also be a thing that replaces something else
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.60.9
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tentative
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
said it tentatively
The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn't harm it.
tentatively = in a careful way (indicating a lack of confidence)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10, p.77.3
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transgress
4 uses
Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
transgressed = violated (a rule, promise, or social norm)
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6, p.45.9
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