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approach   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
approached the city
If he stayed north of the main complex of buildings, he could approach the maintenance shed from the rear.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Book8 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
He tried another approach.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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1st useChapter 33
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3  —4 uses as in:
approached her with the proposal
But later, when he was approached by Lewis Dodgson at Biosyn, Nedry was ready to listen.†
approached = engaged in conversation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The voice was saying, "-easygoing monsters from a bygone world stand in sharp contrast to what we will see next."†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 42
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
And it was a peculiar situation that Wu was trying to convey.†
convey = communicate or express
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1st useChapter 18
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deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
98 uses
With each passing year, the manipulation of DNA had grown easier.
DNA = deoxyribonucleic acid (the molecule that contains the genetic code)
DefinitionGenerally deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) means:
cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book98 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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extraneous
1 use
"You have to realize, Mr. Gennaro," Arnold said, "that there's a lot of extraneous movement out there."
extraneous = not relevant or important to the matter under consideration
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1st useChapter 38
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fetid
1 use
It was hot in this area of the park, the jungle close and fetid around them.
fetid = having a bad odor
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1st useChapter 42
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foliage
39 uses
The river was almost enclosed by dense foliage on both sides.
foliage = plant leaves
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Book39 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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hypothesis   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
We've made some hypotheses, some suppositions, but nobody really knows what the nests were like.†
hypotheses = ideas that are seemingly reasonable, but unproven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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1st useChapter 48
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2  —1 use as in:
assume as a working hypothesis
  "All the park fences carry ten thousand volts. The animals quickly learn not to go near them."
  "But if one did get out?" Gennaro said.
  Arnold snorted, and stubbed out his cigarette.
  "Just hypothetically," Gennaro said. "Supposing it happened?"
hypothetically = based on something that is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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impetuous
1 use
And even if that impetuous fool Gennaro decided to burn it to the ground, it would not make much difference.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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1st useChapter 48
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inherent
9 uses
It is inherently unpredictable, just as the weather is.
inherently = naturally (existing as an inseparable part or characteristic)
DefinitionGenerally inherent means:
existing as an inseparable part or characteristic
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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paradigm
9 uses
Paradigm shifts were said to occur whenever science made a major change in its view of the world.
paradigm = conceptual model
DefinitionGenerally paradigm means:
a conceptual model; or a standard example
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 48
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Keep it in perspective
"Let's keep it in perspective," Hammond said.†
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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1st useChapter 5
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phenomenon
7 uses
But the phenomenon happens to be particularly well documented in frogs.†
phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Guitierrez himself would write the preliminary report, but the remains would have to be sent back to the United States for final positive identification, of course.†
positive = with certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
The test came back positive.
They had run toxicity profiles as well, and they had found only one positive match: the blood was mildly reactive to the venom of the Indian king cobra.†
positive = found a condition or substance to be present
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1st useChapter 3
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relevant
1 use
paleontology, the study of extinct life, had in recent years taken on an unexpected relevance to the modern world.
relevance = significance
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 5
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sequential
9 uses
In his mind, he reviewed the sequence of events that had begun in the cave.
sequence = order (happening in order)
DefinitionGenerally sequential means:
happening in a specific order — especially chronological order
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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