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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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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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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
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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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, abundant, important, 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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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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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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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

(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 interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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lament
1 use
He was feeling sorry for himself, and lamenting the fact that his life could have changed so suddenly and so drastically.
lamenting = expressing grief
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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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
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
Always ask an objective question.
objective = fact-based and 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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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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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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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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sentinel
4 uses
And the leader posted armed sentinels at the fringes of the group.
sentinels = people who stand guard
DefinitionGenerally sentinel means:
a person who stands guard or looks out for something
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static
1 use
Because it's not love to be static like the desert, nor is it love to roam the world like the wind.
static = not moving or not changing
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the road is steep and treacherous
The drivers carried the freight themselves over such treacherous footing, and then reloaded the camels.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
dangerous — often in a non-obvious way
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