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acknowledge
4 uses
"This is the time," she began, looking directly at them, "when we acknowledge differences."
acknowledge = recognize or admit
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
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Book4 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.22.38
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acquire
5 uses
  "The fourth essential attribute," the Chief Elder said, "is wisdom."
  Jonas has not yet acquired that.
acquired = obtained (came into the possession of)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2, p.12.91
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apprehensive
5 uses
But there was a little shudder of nervousness when he thought about it, about what might happen. Apprehensive, Jonas decided. That's what I am.
apprehensive = worried about what will happen
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.79.18
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appropriate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
it is appropriate
Father had gone before the committee with a plea on behalf of Gabriel, who had not yet gained the weight appropriate to his days of life nor begun to sleep soundly enough at night to be placed with his family unit.
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16, p.127.65
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chastise
10 uses
Jonas remembered, suddenly and grimly, the time in his childhood when he had been chastised for misusing a word.
chastised = criticized
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.20.86
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comprehend
4 uses
"But you will be faced, now," she explained gently, "with pain of a magnitude that none of us here can comprehend because it is beyond our experience."
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book4 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11, p.82.9
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 14 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
She left here that day, left this room, and did not go back to her dwelling. I was notified by the Speaker that she had gone directly to the Chief Elder and asked to be released.
directly = straight (without delay or interruption)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.66.44
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2  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
"This is the time," she began, looking directly at them, when we acknowledge differences.
directly = straight (exactly where stated)(used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.51.92
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3  —5 uses as in:
directed her question to
To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of newchild's forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed.
direct = guide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book5 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.1.74
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4  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
"Put your hands on me," he directed, aware that in such anguish The Giver might need reminding.
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15, p.118.45
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5  —5 uses as in:
directed the movie
We have given you the Assignment of Assistant Director of Recreation.
director = supervisor (person in charge)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book5 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.23.62
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 39 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
I will not dwell on the experience because it causes us all terrible discomfort.
dwell = talk longer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8, p.61.28
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2  —38 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
All of those things were in this spacious room, though each was slightly different from those in his own dwelling.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book38 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.27.50
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function   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Its main function is to...
Furniture was standard throughout the community: practical, sturdy, the function of each piece clearly defined.
function = purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10, p.74.13
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2  —1 use as in:
can't function well without sleep
And of course our community can't function smoothly if people don't use precise language.
function = operate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
work or operate — sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16, p.127.45
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nurture
31 uses
I'll have to select the one to be nurtured, and the one to be released.
nurtured = helped to develop and grow
DefinitionGenerally nurture means:
help develop or grow
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Book31 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.53
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perceive
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
though blind, can perceive light
Now he understood about animals; and in the moment that the horse turned from the stream and nudged Jonas's shoulder affectionately with its head, he perceived the bonds between animal and human.
perceived = became aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11, p.81.52
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precise
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
about noon; 12:03 to be precise
Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?
precision = exactness or accuracy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precise means:
exact (accurate)
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Book12 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7, p.55.35
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solemn
8 uses
"We failed in our last selection," the Chief Elder said solemnly.
solemnly = in a very serious manner
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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Book8 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.45.26
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
After countless tries, the net yielded two flopping silvery fish.†
yielded = produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22, p.173.34
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