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accompany
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
If you go outside, you must be accompanied by a mahram, a male relative.
accompanied = escorted (in the company of)
From page 278.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st usePart 1.3, p.15.7
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adjacent
7 uses
...a plane appears from the corner of the screen. It crashes into the adjacent tower, exploding into a fireball that dwarfs any ball of fire that Laila has ever seen.
adjacent = nearby
From page 384.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2.23, p.165.2
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Allah
25 uses
May Allah forgive you.
Allah = Islamic way of referencing God
From page 366.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1.3, p.17
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
He put down his pencil, laced his fingers together, and leaned forward the way parents do when they want to convey something to a toddler.
convey = communicate
From page 265.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 3.36, p.265.9
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demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
He showed her his hammers, demonstrated how the sandpaper wheel worked, his voice ringing high and proud-
demonstrated = showed
From page 232.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 3.42, p.322.9
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2  —3 uses as in:
demonstrate to protest
On April 17, 1978, the year Mariam turned nineteen, a man named Mir Akbar Khyber was found murdered. Two days later, there was a large demonstration in Kabul. ... Rasheed said that Mir Akbar Khyber had been a prominent communist, and that his supporters were blaming the murder on President Daoud Khan's government.
demonstration = public protest

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
From page 97.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 3.33, p.238.9
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docile
3 uses
He looked vulnerable, pitiably bewildered, almost harmless. Like someone who had accepted without a sigh of protest the indignities life had doled out to him. Some one both pathetic and admirable in his docility.
docility = submissiveness and acceptance
From page 325.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally docile means:
easily led or managed — perhaps submissive or well-behaved
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3.42, p.325.8
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indifferent
4 uses
She said this in a pragmatic, almost indifferent, tone, and Mariam understood that this was a woman far past outrage.
indifferent = without interest (unconcerned)
From page 291.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2.23, p.169.5
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Islam
13 uses
The new regime will maintain the utmost respect for principles, both Islamic and democratic.
Islamic = related to the Muslim religion which is second most practiced in the world
From page 102.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Islam means:
the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; the world's second most practiced religion
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1.15, p.102.2
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jihad
14 uses
Did you fight jihad?
jihad = a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
From page 177.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally jihad means:
a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels; or any relentless battle for a belief

or more rarely:  a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral, spiritual, or political goal
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2.16, p.109.7
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Kabul
135 uses
ISAF, an international peacekeeping force, has been sent to Kabul.
Kabul = the capital and largest city of Afghanistan; located in eastern Afghanistan
From page 389.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book135 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1.4, p.23.3
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mullah
70 uses
He began to say more, about going to a mosque, finding a mullah,
mullah = a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam
From page 184.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally mullah means:
a Muslim religious teacher or leader
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Book70 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1.3, p.16.1
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mêlée
4 uses
Later that evening, Laila thought of how the melee had toppled over, with men falling on top of one another, amid yelps and cries and shouts and flying punches, and, in the middle of it, a grimacing Tariq, his hair disheveled, his leg come undone, trying to crawl out.
melee = disorganized mass of people fighting
From page 171.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally mêlée means:
a disorganized mass of people — especially engaged in hand-to-hand combat, or rioting, or all going different directions and bumping into each other
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2.23, p.170.9
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Pakistan
29 uses
Most of them had been raised-some even born-in refugee camps along the Pakistani border,
Pakistani = relating to the Muslim republic that is the sixth most populous country and has nuclear weapons
From page 273.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Pakistan means:
a Muslim republic bordering India, Afghanistan, Iran, & China — best known as the sixth most populous country and as unstable politically relative to other nuclear states
Word Statistics
Book29 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2.18, p.135.9
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Keep it in perspective
Making sure you don't lose perspective.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
From page 283.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 3.38, p.283.2
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
positive feedback from my boss
Women have always had it hard in this country, Laila, but they're probably more free now, under the communists, and have more rights than they've ever had before, Babi said, always lowering his voice, aware of how intolerant Mammy was of even remotely positive talk of the communists.
positive = indicating approval or agreement
From page 135.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
approval or agreement
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 2.18, p.135.6
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refugee
9 uses
Already burdened with nearly two million Afghan refugees, Pakistan had closed its borders to Afghans in January of that year.
refugees = people who fled their homeland
From page 260.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally refugee means:
someone who has fled their homeland to getaway from a dangerous or difficult situation; or related to such people
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3.28, p.206.9
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reproach
5 uses
Over the years, Mariam had learned to harden herself against his scorn and reproach, his ridiculing and reprimanding.
reproach = criticism
From page 240.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 1.5, p.33.9
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Taliban
53 uses
Every Wednesday night, Rasheed listened to the Voice of Shari'a when the Taliban would announce the names of those scheduled for punishment.
Taliban = fundamentalist Islamic political and military organization
From page 281.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Taliban means:
a fundamentalist Islamic militia; between 1996 and 2001, they took over Afghanistan and set up an Islamic government; they still have much power in the area

(A fundamentalist is someone who strongly believes in old, traditional forms of a religion. A militia is an army made of people who are not full-time soldiers.)
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Book53 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3.37, p.273.4
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ubiquitous
2 uses
Massoud's handsome, thoughtful face ... would become ubiquitous in Kabul.
ubiquitous = seen everywhere
From page 160.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 2.23, p.160.6
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