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afflict
1 use
In fact, it was the same foot fungus that a hundred and ten years later would afflict the famous ballplayer Clyde Livingston.
afflict = cause suffering for
DefinitionGenerally afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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1st useChapter 23
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altitude
1 use
Instead they zigzagged back and forth, increasing their altitude by small increments every time they changed directions.
altitude = elevation (height)
DefinitionGenerally altitude means:
elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth's surface

or:

(metaphorically) a desirable height
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1st useChapter 37
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authenticate
3 uses
I needed authentication from the Attorney General.
authentication = proof that it is real and legitimate
DefinitionGenerally authenticate means:
establish that something is real or what people say it is
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1st useChapter 47
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
Sometimes 'y' is a vowel and sometimes it's a consonant.
consonant = a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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1st useChapter 35
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contrite
1 use
"I'm glad Becca's all right," Hattie said contritely.
contritely = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 40
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distinct
2 uses
They were still too far away to see the camp, but he could hear a blend of indistinct voices.
indistinct = not clear or easily identifiable
DefinitionGenerally distinct means:
clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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1st useChapter 43
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grotesque
1 use
No one even dared to look at his grotesque face.
grotesque = distorted and unnatural
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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1st useChapter 24
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increment
1 use
Instead they zigzagged back and forth, increasing their altitude by small increments every time they changed directions.
increments = increases (especially in small, consistent amounts)
DefinitionGenerally increment means:
an increase — especially in small, consistent amounts; or the amount of increase
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indefinitely
1 use
Keep him confined indefinitely, without justification, while you go crawling through black holes in cyberspace?
indefinitely = an unspecified, but long period of time
DefinitionGenerally indefinitely means:
an unspecified, but long period of time; or forever
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1st useChapter 48
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perimeter
1 use
He unearthed several shovelfuls of dirt in this manner, before it occurred to him that he was dumping his dirt within the perimeter of his hole.
perimeter = boundary (outer edge)
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge — in various senses such as:
  • stay inside the defensive perimeter — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • on the city's perimeter — one of the outer edges of the city
  • What is the perimeter? — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape — such as a square
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1st useChapter 7
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precarious
1 use
As his tunnel grew deeper and wider, and more precarious, Stanley was able to feel latches on one end of the box,
precarious = unsafe
DefinitionGenerally precarious means:
unsafe or unsure — especially in danger of falling
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1st useChapter 44
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preposterous
1 use
That's preposterous!
preposterous = outrageous
DefinitionGenerally preposterous means:
absurd, outrageous, silly, or completely unreasonable
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1st useChapter 7
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protrude
1 use
He was able to lift Zero high enough for him to grab the protruding slab of rock.
protruding = sticking out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
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1st useChapter 36
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rant
1 use
Ranting and raving.
ranting = complaining in an excited rather than thoughtful way
DefinitionGenerally rant means:
to complain or verbally attack in an excited rather than thoughtful way
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1st useChapter 47
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recede
1 use
For a second, Mr. Sir's pain seemed to recede.
recede = diminish (decrease)
DefinitionGenerally recede means:
to move away or diminish

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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1st useChapter 20
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Shakespeare
1 use
The only famous authors he could think of were Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Mark Twain.
William Shakespeare = English dramatist and poet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Shakespeare means:
English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language (1564-1616)
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1st useChapter 16
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stifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
stifling the urge
The bus wasn't air-conditioned, and the hot, heavy air was almost as stifling as the handcuffs.
stifling = suppressing or constraining (preventing something from happening)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to suppress (prevent something or decrease its development) — often political freedom
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1st useChapter 3
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strenuous
1 use
Standing still was more strenuous than walking.
strenuous = a physical actions that is difficult and requires endurance
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
characterizes physical or mental actions as difficult or requiring endurance; or as performed energetically
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1st useChapter 46
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suppress
1 use
He glanced downward and had to force himself to suppress a scream.
suppress = hold back (keep from doing it)
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45
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toxic
1 use
It's only toxic while it's wet.
toxic = poisonous
DefinitionGenerally toxic means:
poisonous or harmful
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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