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alleviate
1 use
The colony is working to alleviate this problem with the nectar, as it puts a world of hurt on the potential for export.
alleviate = to lessen something that is bad
DefinitionGenerally alleviate means:
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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arrogant
4 uses
She may be arrogant, but she doesn't look stupid.
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
In the dim light his black shirt was a stark contrast to the white of hers.†
contrast = difference (in brightness or tone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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1st useChapter 3
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corroborate
1 use
The single corroborative statement she'd gleaned ... was that no one had heard from or laid eyes on Boomer in over a week, possibly longer.
corroborative = supporting (of the theory)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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credulous
1 use
It was a bit more than credulity could bear
credulity = willingness to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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disdain
1 use
Her face is filled with rage, disdain, a manic energy.
disdain = a lack of respect
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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1st useChapter 8
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
She made sure I saw her supply of the drug, how much she had at her personal disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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1st useChapter 11
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dubious
4 uses
the dubious security of a surly-faced droid.
dubious = doubtful (that it is effective)
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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1st useChapter 3
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duplicity
1 use
And you didn't learn of her duplicity until after her death.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 15
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elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate design
At first she thought it had all been some elaborate joke,
elaborate = complicated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
This is all supposing that she knew him, which is not firmly established.†
established = demonstrated or proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st useChapter 18
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immortal
38 uses
It makes you feel immortal.
immortal = like you will live forever
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
living or existing forever

or:

someone famous throughout history

or:

someone who will never die — such as a mythological god
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Book38 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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muse
21 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
her musings
The way the mind of a cop worked was a marvel, he mused.
mused = thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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ostentatious
1 use
The building was choice enough to have a live doorman as well as ...  a marble and gilt lobby accented with leafy ferns and exotic flowers in huge china pots.

"Ostentatious," Eve muttered.
ostentatious = expensive and in poor taste; though intended to be classy
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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relevant
5 uses
We'll question the relevant staff one at a time.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 7
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
If you pull me, I will take leave and pursue the case on personal time. If necessary, I will resign.
resign = quit (her job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Resigned, she took off...
resigned = having accepted something unpleasant as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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1st useChapter 1
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resilient
3 uses
She was, he thought, capable, strong, and resilient.
resilient = able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it
DefinitionGenerally resilient means:
able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it — such as a person retaining a positive attitude, or a material returning to its shape after being bent, stretched, or pressed
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1st useChapter 9
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simulate
8 uses
The lush pool with an overhead that could simulate starlight, sunshine, or moonbeams at the flick of a control;
simulate = imitate
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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1st useChapter 14
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ubiquitous
1 use
He sat at her desk, his ubiquitous bag of sugared nuts in his lap, and a scowl on his wrinkled face.
ubiquitous = seemingly always present
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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