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adapt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
But I have a feeling it's not much protection against the intelligence and adaptability of the modern virus.†
adaptability = the degree to which something can change to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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condescending
3 uses
He gave me a condescending smile.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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context
5 uses
How stupid and out of context.†
out of context = misleading because something is presented without the setting or situation in which it occurred
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Book5 uses
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
I breathed deeply, remained in one spot, waiting to feel the peace that is supposed to descend upon the dead, waiting to see the light that hangs above the fields of the landscapist's lament.
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Jack Gladney would not do, he said, and asked me what other names I might have at my disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book2 uses
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
I met Murray after his car crash seminar and we wandered along the fringes of the campus, past the cedar-shingled condominiums set in the trees in their familiar defensive posture—a cluster of dwellings blending so well with the environment that birds kept flying into the plate-glass windows.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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environment
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her family environment
We are quartered in Centenary Hal l, a dark brick structure we share with the popular culture department, known officially as American environments.†
environments = instances of surrounding conditions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of environment means:
surrounding conditions
in various senses, including:
  • conditions in a location or geographic area — as in "the desert environment"
  • conditions that affect a particular activity — as in "the learning environment"
  • conditions that create a certain mood — as in "a competitive environment," or "a romantic environment,"
  • conditions that impact a particular computer system, subsystem, or program — as in "the Windows environment"
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epic
7 uses
I want to believe he lay in his tent, wrapped in animal skins, as in some internationally financed movie epic, and said brave cruel things to his aides and retainers.†
epic = an outstanding work of literature or film
DefinitionGenerally epic means:
something that is outstanding — especially a literary work that is long and heroic
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Hitler
50 uses
I am chairman of the department of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill.†
Hitler = German Nazi dictator during World War II who murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
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Book50 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
What habits, fetishes, addictions, inclinations ?†
inclinations = tendencies (attitudes favoring)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
The third and related irony is that it's the most complex and neurotic and difficult women that I am invariably drawn to.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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nostalgia
8 uses
Fool, you're supposed to look at me in a fond and nostalgic way, smiling ruefully.†
nostalgic = with a longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Book8 uses
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passage
1 use
A stewardess pinned to the bulkhead by the sharp angle of descent was trying to find the relevant passage in a handbook titled "Manual of Disasters."†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
They were all Hitler majors, members of the only class I still taught, Advanced Nazism, three hours a week, restricted to qualified seniors, a course of study designed to cultivate historical perspective, theoretical rigor and mature insight into the continuing mass appeal of fascist tyranny, with special emphasis on parades, rallies and uniforms, three credits, written reports.†
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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phenomenon
2 uses
She did Patti as a child-hero in a contemporary movie, the only person on screen who is unawed by mysterious throbbing phenomena.†
phenomena = things that exists or happened — often 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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Book2 uses
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precede
4 uses
She sincerely wants to precede me.†
precede = to go or do before
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Book4 uses
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relevant
1 use
A stewardess pinned to the bulkhead by the sharp angle of descent was trying to find the relevant passage in a handbook titled "Manual of Disasters."†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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revise
1 use
Maybe the scientists were right in the first place, with their original announcements, before they revised upward.†
revised = changed
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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simulate
12 uses
They didn't prepare us for this at the death simulator in Denver.†
simulator = something that imitates something else
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book12 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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static
1 use
...what could emergency technicians do, people trained to leap on chests and pound at static hearts?
static = not moving (not pumping or beating)

(editor's note:  This book also uses static with other better-known meaning.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of static means:
not moving or not changing
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