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The Alchemist by Coelho
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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centurion
3 uses
The senior centurions were called for a council of war.
centurions = a Roman officer — often thought of as the leader of 100 soldiers
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collaborate
1 use
The websites lets you collaborate with others on documents.
collaborate = work together on a common enterprise or project
DefinitionGenerally collaborate means:
work together on a common enterprise or project

or more rarely and especially in the form "collaborator":  cooperate with the enemy as a traitor
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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excavate
1 use
While excavating to lay the foundation, we encountered an ancient burial mound.
excavating = digging out purposefully
DefinitionGenerally excavate means:
to dig out purposefully — such as:
  • remove or lay bare — as when removing top soil to lay a foundation
  • find or uncover — as at an archaeological site
  • remove a part — as a tooth from the gum that surrounds it
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or 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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heed
3 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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lament
1 use
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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Mecca
13 uses
Non-Muslims are prohibited from entering Mecca.
Mecca = the birthplace of Muhammad and the holiest city of Islam (located in western Saudi Arabia)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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nocturnal
1 use
The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
nocturnal = active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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nostalgia
1 use
The music makes me feel nostalgic.
nostalgic = happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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sentinel
4 uses
A sentinel watched our approach.
sentinel = person who stands guard or looks out for something
DefinitionGenerally sentinel means:
a person who stands guard or looks out for something
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static
1 use
He was raised in a static village community where most people farmed in the same manner as their grandparents.
static = not changing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of static means:
not moving or not changing
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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treacherous
1 use
The road through Afghanistan's Kabul gorge is even more treacherous than the Road of Death in Bolivia.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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venom
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
snake venom
The rattlesnake's venom is deadly.
venom = poison
DefinitionGenerally this sense of venom means:
poison created by some insects and animals such as snakes
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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whet
1 use
The appetizer whet our appetite for what was to come.
whet = increased
DefinitionGenerally whet means:
to increase a sense or desire

or more rarely:  to sharpen a knife or other cutting edge
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zenith
1 use
He met her when her career was at its zenith.
zenith = highest point
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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