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The Five People You Meet in Heaven
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abhor
1 use
He abhorred those who were born into wealth, and rather enjoyed doing things the 'sophisticated people' would never do.
abhorred = detested (hated)
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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acquire
2 uses
Eddie and Morton ... fired the nozzles of their newly acquired flamethrowers and watched the huts ignite.
acquired = obtained (came into the possession of)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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adjacent
1 use
But then the dream turned, and the four Crazies were on the adjacent ponies, poking at him, sneering.
adjacent = very nearby
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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agitate
3 uses
His mother whispered that he "just needed time," but his father grew more agitated each day.
agitated = stirred up (emotionally)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
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anxiety
1 use
He felt a churning inside him, a stop-start anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 28
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cacophony
2 uses
...the cacophony of children's voices, thousands of them at play, splashing in the river and shrieking with innocent laughter.
cacophony = loud confusing sounds
DefinitionGenerally cacophony means:
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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collide
2 uses
His vehicle rolls until it collides with the rear of a parked truck.
collides = crashes together
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
He didn't know what would happen to them next, but it could not be any worse than what they had endured.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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feigned
3 uses
Joe, is doing push-ups in front of a group of elderly women, who feign interest and clap politely.
feign = pretend to feel
DefinitionGenerally feigned means:
pretended — usually pretending to feel something
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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foreman
5 uses
The foreman screamed that I was worthless, a worthless child, that I must go.
foreman = person in charge of the workers
DefinitionGenerally foreman means:
a person who is in charge of other workers

or:

a juror in a court case who is selected by other jurors to head the jury
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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gaunt
2 uses
Their faces were gaunt and bony with dark nubs of hair.
gaunt = very thin
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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grave
1 use
How do people choose their final words? Do they realize their gravity?
gravity = importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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hydraulic
4 uses
Inside the shaft of Freddy's Free Fall, the cable snapped its final thread and ripped across the hydraulic line.
hydraulic = fluid-containing
DefinitionGenerally hydraulic means:
relating to liquid — often describing machinery as moved by pressurized liquid
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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inevitable
1 use
He puts his right leg down first, out of habit, avoiding the inevitable stiffness of his left.
inevitable = certain to happen (be felt)
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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nurture
2 uses
We moved away, to a place outside the city, a small flat, where our lives were spent modestly, me tending to my wounded husband and silently nurturing a single wish.
nurturing = helping develop
DefinitionGenerally nurture means:
help develop or grow
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the restaurant
as patrons walked past them
patrons = customers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
a customer — especially a regular one
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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promenade
3 uses
Its sign was plywood, as were the other low-slung signs, hinged on storefronts that lined the promenade:
promenade = public pathway for leisurely walking
DefinitionGenerally promenade means:
a public pathway for leisurely walking — especially one near the ocean

or:

walking leisurely — especially in a public place
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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skeptical
1 use
Eddie was skeptical.
skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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uniform
1 use
The uniformity did not surprise Eddie.
uniformity = consistency (being the same in some way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of uniform means:
consistent (the same in some way)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 26
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wither
2 uses
Now, away from that ocean, in the confines of a hospital bed, his body began to wither like a beached fish.
wither = become weaker (shrivel)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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