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The Alchemist by Coelho
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anxiety
2 uses
The crystal merchant awoke with the day, and felt the same anxiety that he felt every morning.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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capricious
2 uses
The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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conspire
6 uses
When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
conspires = seemingly cooperates (to achieve something)
DefinitionGenerally conspire means:
secretly plan together to do something — especially something illegal or harmful

or:

of events and circumstances:  seemingly cooperate to achieve something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Even from a distance, their eyes conveyed the strength of their souls.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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demonstrate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
He didn't need to demonstrate his science and art to anyone.†
demonstrate = show
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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dominate
1 use
"You dominated those horsemen with the way you looked at them," he said.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
As soon as he had learned to know his camel better, and to establish a relationship with him, he threw the book away.†
establish = create
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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immerse
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immersed in her book
It was only the Englishman who was unaware of all this; he was, for the most part, immersed in reading his books.
immersed = completely involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immerse means:
to get very interested or completely involved
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infidel
3 uses
He was reminded of the image of Santiago Matamoros, mounted on his white horse, with the infidels beneath his hooves.
infidels = people who do not believe in the "right" religion or god
DefinitionGenerally infidel means:
a negative term describing someone as not believing in the "right" religion or god
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
When he speaks in our language, I can interpret what he has said.†
interpret = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —10 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
But men began to reject simple things, and to write tracts, interpretations, and philosophical studies.†
interpretations = explanations of meaning
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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intuitive
4 uses
The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life,
intuition = the ability to known instinctively rather than through reasoning
DefinitionGenerally intuitive means:
based on feeling or instinct rather than conscious reasoning

or:

easy to understand without training or study
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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monk
12 uses
"But God's will be done," the monk said.
monk = a male member of a religious order typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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negative
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
had a negative effect
He had said that it was a good thing for the boy to clean the crystal pieces, so that he could free himself from negative thoughts.†
negative = bad or harmful
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objective
1 use
Always ask an objective question.
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
People were shouting at the new arrivals, dust obscured the desert sun, and the children of the oasis were bursting with excitement at the arrival of the strangers.
obscured = made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
There were just drawings, coded instructions, and obscure texts. "Why do they make things so complicated?" he asked the Englishman one night.
obscure = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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omen
59 uses
that butterflies were a good omen.
omen = sign of something about to happen
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
It's always a positive force.†
positive = good or beneficial
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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recur
5 uses
But I'm not so stupid as to cross an entire desert just because of a recurrent dream.
recurrent = occurring repeatedly
DefinitionGenerally recur means:
to happen repeatedly or a second time
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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