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Harry Potter (#3) and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
The nurse accompanies the old woman everywhere.
accompanies = travels with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 15
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apprehensive
5 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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conjure
10 uses
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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descend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle something so it no longer requires attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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diverse
1 use
The college wants a diverse student body.
diverse = varied (in this case, of different ethnic groups and genders)
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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expulsion
13 uses
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out (in this case, kicking someone out of school)
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
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Book13 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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extricate
1 use
She was caught in the wreckage and could not extricate herself without help.
extricate = free
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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grovel
1 use
She wasn't content just to win. She wanted to see me grovel.
grovel = show complete submission
DefinitionGenerally grovel means:
to show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
I don't know how to interpret her smile.
interpret = understand (In this case: Why did she smile? What does it mean?)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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malevolent
2 uses
She tells vicious lies and spreads malevolent rumors.
malevolent = evil
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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malicious
7 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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omen
11 uses
He looked for an omen before going into battle.
omen = a sign of what would happen
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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pervasive
1 use
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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relevant
1 use
Shannon tells an interesting story, but it's not relevant to the decision we have to make.
relevant = important (related in a meaningful way)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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