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apparent
4 uses
When it was apparent that the shadow wasn't coming back he...
apparent = clear (obvious)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book4 uses
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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assets
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it's one of her best assets
You are your most valuable asset. Don't forget that. You are the best thing you have.
asset = a thing of value
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assets means:
any positive trait or thing of value
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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corrosive
1 use
The corrosive spray that hit his face seared into his lungs and eyes, blinding him.
corrosive = harmful chemical
DefinitionGenerally corrosive means:
damaging or harmful — such as when describing a strong acid or bad behavior

or (more rarely):

something causing damage or harm — such as a strong acid
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1st useChapter 14
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detach
1 use
he saw a brown wall of fur detach itself from the forest to his rear and come down on him like a runaway truck.
detach = separate (come out of)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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embedded
1 use
It was some form of chalky granite, or a sandstone, but imbedded in it were large pieces of a darker stone, a harder and darker stone.
imbedded = implanted as pieces of it
DefinitionGenerally embedded means:
firmly within — such as:
  • firmly stuck into — as a thorn into a finger
  • enclosed within — as a fossil within a rock
  • implanted as a part — sometimes specifically of a reporter living with a military unit
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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emerge
1 use
It emerged a split part of a second later.
emerged = came out of, or appeared
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
He shook his head, tried to focus his thoughts.†
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use
technical usage
One of the pilots had used a watch crystal as a magnifying glass to focus the sun and start a fire so they didn't have to eat the lizards raw.†
focus = concentrate at one spot
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:

  • physics — a point where things come together such as the point where light rays meet

  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)

  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake



See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gratification
1 use
Working as fast as he could he carefully placed the dried grass and wood pieces he had tried at first on top of the bark and was gratified to see them take.
gratified = happy (greatly satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally gratification means:
great satisfaction (pleasure)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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horde
1 use
thick, swarming hordes of mosquitoes that flocked to his body, made a living coat on his exposed skin,
hordes = a very large number
DefinitionGenerally horde means:
a very large number — typically of people or animals/insects on the move
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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indicate
3 uses
Down beneath that were dials with lines that seemed to indicate what the wings were doing,
indicate = show
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Library38 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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infuriate
1 use
It was infuriating.
infuriating = causing much anger or annoyance
DefinitionGenerally infuriate means:
to make very angry or annoyed
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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mockery
1 use
But again, he heard nothing but the sound of his own sobs in the microphone, his own screams mocking him, coming back into his ears.
mocking = making fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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oblivious
1 use
...he had fallen asleep sitting against his shelter wall, oblivious even to the mosquitoes,
oblivious = not giving notice (unaware of)
DefinitionGenerally oblivious means:
unaware of
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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recede
1 use
As soon as the cold water hit his stomach he felt the hunger sharpen, as it had before, and he stood and held his abdomen until the hunger cramps receded.
receded = diminished (decreased)
DefinitionGenerally recede means:
to move away or diminish

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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remnant
1 use
He pulled the torn remnants of his windbreaker, pieces really, around his shoulders and tried to hold what heat his body could find.
remnants = a small amount that remains after the rest is gone
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scarcity
1 use
Game becomes seemingly plentiful in the fall (it's easier to see with the leaves off the brush) but in winter it gets scarce and sometimes simply nonexistent as...
scarce = an amount that is less than desired
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (an amount that is less than desired)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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sear
1 use
The corrosive spray that hit his face seared into his lungs and eyes, blinding him.
seared = burned
DefinitionGenerally sear means:
burn the surface with intense heat; or burn something unpleasant into memory
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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stymie
1 use
And for a moment he was stymied.
stymied = stopped (prevented from...)
DefinitionGenerally stymie means:
to prevent something
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1st useChapter 17
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wither
1 use
His lips were cracked and felt as if they were bleeding and if he did not drink some water soon he felt that he would wither up and die.
wither = shrivel (wrinkle and contract from lack of water)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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