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bolster
1 use
Quinn offered her a bolstering smile.
bolstering = supporting
From page 102.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bolster means:
support or strengthen
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7, p.102.3
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deemed
4 uses
Once the bikes were deemed secure, supplies were untied and divvied up.
deemed = believed or judged
From page 14.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.14.5
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deliberate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
need to deliberate
"Mom, we're not going to starve to death," he complained as she stood deliberating in front of an open cupboard.†
deliberating = thinking about or discussing
From page 6.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.6.7
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disdain
1 use
"With her bony fingers," Fox put in, falling well short of his target of disdain.†
disdain = a lack of respect
From page 19.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.19.8
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eclectic
1 use
Layla added. . . We have an actual new coffeemaker and a very eclectic selection of coffee mugs... .
eclectic = a distinctive mix of styles
From page 163.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally eclectic means:
a distinctive mix of styles or ideas selected from various sources

or:  

one who selects a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
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1st useChapter 11, p.163.3
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entity
4 uses
We're not going to suddenly jump sides and put on the uniform of some dark entity who tries to kill a dog to get his rocks off.†
entity = person, organization, or anything with a separate existence
From page 280.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally entity means:
a person, organization, lifeform, or anything with a separate existence
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7, p.102.1
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hypothesis
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
So do their counterparts, so we can hypothesize that those are weapons or countermeasures against him.†
hypothesize = propose a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea based upon known facts

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
From page 293.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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1st useChapter 19, p.293.3
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indulge
3 uses
But since that would be breaking her vow to eat fast food no more than once a month, she wasn't going to indulge.†
indulge = enjoy to excess
From page 39.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3, p.39.5
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irrelevant
1 use
Sometimes completely irrelevant.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
From page 165.8  Typical Usage
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11, p.165.8
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manifest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
manifest destiny
And had, she believed, a personal experience with the manifestation of an unidentified (as yet) force.†
manifestation = demonstration (something made obvious or shown)

(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 67.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.67.9
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
"Umm," was her agreement as she took a minute bite of the point of her narrow triangle of pizza.†
minute = small
From page 57.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.57.4
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muse
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
her musings
He was obviously morning irritable, and none of that, she mused, made him any less attractive.
mused = thought (reflected)
From page 268.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.7
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
You'll need to have the objectivity, and the sensitivity of a counselor to write the book that should be written on Hawkins Hollow...
objectivity = understanding based on facts without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
From page 86.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.86.5
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phenomenon
2 uses
Following any whiff of information about devils, demons, unexplained phenomenon.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
From page 235.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.52.6
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precede
1 use
There were also over a dozen nine-one-one calls on domestic abuse during that single week, more than previously had been reported in Hawkins Hollow in the six preceding months.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
From page 50.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.50.5
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primarily
3 uses
England primarily, some Irish tossed in.†
primarily = mainly
From page 112.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8, p.112.9
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relevant
1 use
"But I wonder if your name isn't relevant.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 86.5  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 6, p.86.5
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sulk
4 uses
The idea she was sulking was hard to hang on to when he was blasted by her sunbeam smile and buzzing energy.†
sulking = overly unhappy and unsociable
From page 239  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally sulk means:
to be overly unhappy and unsociable — often due to disappointment or a sense of not getting what was deserved
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.36.9
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vary
1 use
People do it all the time—with varying degrees of success, sure, but they do.†
varying = differing; or changing
From page 147.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.147.1
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wistful
4 uses
Cal heard the wistfulness.†
wistfulness = full of longing or unfulfilled desire

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
From page 92.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.92.7
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