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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
It was abrupt, as if the plane had turned.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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1st useChapter 12
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agony
1 use
In the end he sat with the windbreaker pulled up, brushed with his hands and took it, almost crying in frustration and agony.
agony = with intense feelings of suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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1st useChapter 4
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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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Library66 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:
a positive trait or thing of value
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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
in various senses, including:
  • 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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Library9 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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Library58 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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epilogue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the novel's epilogue
Epilogue [section of book]
epilogue = a concluding section added at the end of a literary work
DefinitionGenerally this sense of epilogue means:
an afterward or concluding passage added at the end of a literary work — often to summarize events occurring many years after the main story ends
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1st useEpil.
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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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Library75 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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impact
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
at the moment of impact
And just before it hit he should pull back on the wheel and slow the plane down to reduce the impact.
impact = force from an object hitting another
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impact means:
collision (when two objects collide or crash)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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Library40 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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1st useChapter 13
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mock
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 seem ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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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 (become less)
The exact meaning of recede depends upon its context. For example:
  • "We can't move back in until the floodwaters recede." — diminish and move away
  • "Her fear receded." — diminished
  • "The waves first advance and then recede." — move away
  • "The news story receded into the background as it was replaced by new stories." — received diminished attention
  • "a receding hairline" — diminished hair (each year the line where hair stops growing is higher)
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1st useChapter 7
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rectify
1 use
In the city if he made a mistake usually there was a way to rectify it, make it all right.
rectify = fix
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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1st useChapter 14
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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 = small amounts that remains after the rest is gone
DefinitionGenerally remnant means:
a small amount that remains after the rest is gone — sometimes specifically of cloth
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Library9 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 (having 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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