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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
There was no alternative. [when Harry sacrificed Ron to win the chess game]
alternative = other possibility
From page 283.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16, p.283.7
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askew
2 uses
[T]he twins forced the sweater over his head, knocking his glasses askew.
askew = [so they were] not on straight
From page 203.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally askew means:
not straight (not in proper alignment)

or:

(when used figuratively) not right, or not as planned
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.172.8
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bound
13 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
"Make yerselves at home," said Hagrid, letting go of Fang, who bounded straight at Ron and started licking his ears.
bounded = leaped
From page 140.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.140.6
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unquizzed meaning  —11 uses
bronze
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Harry counted out five little bronze coins,
bronze = made of a brownish metal
From page 62.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.62.6
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centaur
12 uses
"D'you think that was a centaur we heard earlier?" said Harry.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
From page 254.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.254.4
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contrary
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
...but this didn't soothe Ron at all. On the contrary, he sat bolt upright and broke into a sweat.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
From page 238.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.5.4
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
You asked me to come directly to you, Professor, if anyone was wandering around at night, and somebody's been in the library Restricted Section.
directly = immediately
From page 207  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.207
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2  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
Percy directed the girls through one door to their dormitory and the boys through another.
directed = sent
From page 130.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.130.2
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3  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
This was exactly like Muggle chess except that the figures were alive, which made it a lot like directing troops in battle.
directing = commanding
From page 199.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.199.6
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
disgruntled
2 uses
Owls hooted to one another in a disgruntled sort of way over the babble and the scraping of heavy trunks.
disgruntled = annoyed
From page 94.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally disgruntled means:
in a bad mood - typically unhappy and annoyed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.94.2
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
dwell = think excessively about
From page 214.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12, p.214.1
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2  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
  You might belong in Gryffindor,
  Where dwell the brave at heart,
dwell = live (make their home)
From page 118  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.118
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expulsion
13 uses
Be warned, Potter—any more nighttime wanderings and I will personally make sure you are expelled.
expelled = kicked out of school
From page 269.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out
especially in 2 primary senses:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.59.9
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on the other hand
5 uses
...Harry felt he was pushing his luck, breaking another school rule today. On the other hand, Malfoys sneering face kept looming up out of the darkness — this was his big chance to beat Malfoy face-to-face.
on the other hand = from another point of view
From page 155.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally on the other hand means:
from another point of view; or in a way that is different (a phrase used to introduce a different perspective or idea)
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Book5 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.25.1
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ornate
1 use
It was a magnificent mirror, as high as the ceiling, with an ornate gold frame, standing on two clawed feet.
ornate = having lots of decorative detail
From page 207.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ornate means:
of a thing:  having lots of decorative detail

of speech:  more complicated than necessary because of unusual words and phrases (fans might call it flowery or finely finished, but most would call it too complicated or showy)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12, p.207.9
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
Then, about a week before the exams were due to start, Harry's new resolution not to interfere in anything that didn't concern him was put to an unexpected test.
resolution = firm decision
From page 246.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15, p.246.1
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sinister
1 use
Speaking quietly so that no one else would hear, Harry told the other two about Snape's sudden, sinister desire to be a Quidditch referee.
sinister = threatening
From page 217.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally sinister means:
evil or harmful; or making an evil or frightening impression
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13, p.217.5
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tapestry
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
the tapestry hangs in the museum
He was too sleepy even to be surprised that the people in the portraits along the corridors whispered and pointed as they passed, or that twice Percy led them through doorways hidden behind sliding panels and hanging tapestries.
tapestries = rug-like artworks hung on a wall
From page 128.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tapestry means:
rug-like artwork — often hung on a wall for display
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.128.9
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transparent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
transparent shower door
Pearly-white and slightly transparent, they glided across the room talking to one another and hardly glancing at the first years.
transparent = capable of being seen through
From page 115.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of transparent means:
able to be seen through with clarity
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.115.7
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utter
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
utter stupidity
What utter rubbish! How dare you tell such lies!
utter = complete
From page 240.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14, p.240.9
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