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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
The jet from Peking was making its final approach at the far end of the runway.†
approach = getting near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
I'd prefer a less direct approach, but there isn't time.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
I am intrigued, Edward, by your candid, if incomplete, information.
candid = honest and straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 36
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discern
5 uses
He looked up at the fire escape, at the barely discernible outline of the impostor's body.
discernible = noticeable
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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discriminate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
discriminating taste
his extensive and not too discriminate search for sex
discriminate = appreciative of differences — especially fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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1st useChapter 4
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disdain
1 use
Glancing around, he moved quickly back through the crowd next to a man taller than himself, a well-dressed man with a disdainful expression.
disdainful = disrespectful
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 24
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Certainly, whoever is paying him has government or military aircraft at his 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 21
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dubious
2 uses
"To what," continued Conklin, pouring himself a drink, "do I owe this dubious pleasure?"
dubious = doubtful (in this case, indicating that the pleasure described as good might not actually be good)
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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duplicity
3 uses
Whatever Conklin's faults and duplicities, few men in the intelligence community had the insights and the sources he had developed over a lifetime of commitment.
duplicities = deceptions
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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enigma
4 uses
She has to be because she's the enigma at the centre of the mystery
enigma = mystery (something that seems unexplainable)
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
A second meeting ground would be established.†
established = set or created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 19
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Among other things, the major here established the fact that she did go to the Canadian consulate.†
established = proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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futile
6 uses
Bourne swallowed, a sense of futility spreading over him.
futility = uselessness (pointless effort)
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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1st useChapter 1
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impetuous
1 use
the explanation that an impetuous bartender had mistaken a belligerent drunk for something far more serious would be acceptable to the police.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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incessant
4 uses
The hum of the woods was pervasive; the crickets clicked their incessant symphony,
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 24
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lucid
4 uses
She was perfectly lucid, you could even say controlled, in spite of her anxiety.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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1st useChapter 3
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mollify
6 uses
Head boys and waiters were mollifying the patrons, patting shoulders and clearing away the debris while straightening tables and producing new chairs and dispensing free glasses of whisky.
mollifying = calming
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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proclivity
1 use
The Chinese proclivity for close observation and intense security dictated that the airport hotel should have a single large entrance in the front for guests and a second for employees at the side of the building.
proclivity = tendency
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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rectify
1 use
But somehow I think that one will be rectified.
rectified = corrected, fixed, or made right
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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swindle
2 uses
The problems ranged from those arrested to those assaulted, from Canadians who were swindled to those doing the swindling.
swindling = tricked or cheated out of money
DefinitionGenerally swindle means:
tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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