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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The conductor stopped abruptly.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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apprehensive
5 uses
...then, heart beating fast, both excited and apprehensive, he set off.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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conjure
10 uses
You conjured up a Patronus that drove away all those dementors! That's very, very advanced magic.
conjured = created with magic
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
The Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures required a witness to the execution of a mad hippogriff.
disposal = the act of settling something so it no longer requires attention (in this case, to kill dangerous creatures)
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 consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
diverse = varied (having variety with differences)
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
Divination is one of the most imprecise branches of magic. ... True Seers are very rare,
divination = to predict or discover something supernaturally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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enmity
1 use
The enmity between Harry and Malfoy was at its highest point ever.
enmity = hatred between enemies
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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expulsion
13 uses
...if the Ministry got wind of any more magic in Privet Drive, Harry would face expulsion from Hogwarts.
expulsion = to be thrown out (of the school never to attend classes again)
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • 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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
"Would anyone like me to help them interpret the shadowy portents within their Orb?" she murmured over the clinking of her bangles.†
interpret = explain the meaning of
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
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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malevolent
2 uses
But Malfoy's eyes were shining malevolently, and they were fixed on Harry.
malevolently = with evil intent
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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malicious
7 uses
Malfoy elbowed past Hermione to block Harry's way up the stone steps to the castle, his face gleeful and his pale eyes glinting maliciously.
maliciously = in a threatening way
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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mundane
2 uses
Broaden your minds, my dears, and allow your eyes to see past the mundane!
mundane = ordinary
DefinitionGenerally mundane means:
ordinary or lacking interest or excitement — possibly to the point of being boring

or more rarely:

belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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omen
11 uses
You'll start seeing death omens everywhere.
omens = signs of what will happen in the future
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
"You're going to be fine," Hermione told him, though she looked positively terrified.†
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Professor Lupin continued, "The Patronus is a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the dementor feeds upon — hope, happiness, the desire to survive — but it cannot feel despair, as real humans can, so the dementors can't hurt it."†
positive = good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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relevant
1 use
The three of them sat in front of the roaring fire, slowly turning the pages of dusty volumes ... speaking occasionally when they ran across something relevant.
relevant = of interest to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11
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reprove
3 uses
"You're late, boys!" said Professor Flitwick reprovingly as Harry opened the classroom door.
reprovingly = disapprovingly
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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stifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
stifling the urge
...they both had to stifle their laughs as Professor Trelawney gazed in their direction.
stifle = suppress
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to suppress (prevent something or decrease its development) — often political freedom
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —4 uses as in:
the heat is stifling
It was stiflingly warm, and the fire that was burning under the crowded mantelpiece was giving off a heavy, sickly sort of perfume as it heated a large copper kettle.
stiflingly = in a way that makes breathing difficult
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to make breathing difficult or impossible — often from heat or humidity
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
Professor Severus Snape, master of this school, commands you to yield the information you conceal!†
yield = give
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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