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The Kite Runner

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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
The other day, I accompanied Farzana Jan to the bazaar to buy some potatoes and naan.
accompanied = traveled with
From page 216.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17, p.216.4
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Allah
20 uses
May Allah be with you always.
Allah = Islamic way of referencing God
From page 218.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book20 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.6.6
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Baba nodded and gave a thin smile that conveyed little more than feigned interest.
conveyed = communicated or expressed
From page 31.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.31.6
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curt
8 uses
"That's my business," I said. I didn't know what had emboldened me to be so curt, maybe the fact that I thought I was going to die anyway.
curt = using few words to the point of being rude
From page 285.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.114.9
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fabricate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fabricate a story
Let's assume the story you gave me is true, though I'd bet my pension a good deal of it is either fabricated or omitted.
fabricated = made up (not true)
From page 330.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fabricate means:
make up something false
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24, p.330.4
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furtive
4 uses
Sohrab looked down at his feet, but kept stealing shy, furtive glances at me.
furtive = cautious (taking pains to avoid being observed)
From page 280.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.16.4
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grave
7 uses
"What I'm asking from you is to grant an old man his dying wish," he said gravely.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
From page 221.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5, p.42.9
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hobbled
9 uses
I locked the door and hobbled to the manager's office in the lobby, one hand clutching the rail along the walkway for support.
hobbled = walked with difficulty
From page 313.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hobbled means:
walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)

or:

hindered (made the action or progress of something difficult)
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.35.2
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
Up to that point, our encounter could have been interpreted as a respectful inquiry, one man asking for the whereabouts of another man.
interpreted = understood (in a particular way)
From page 146.6  Typical Usage
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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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.146.6
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Kabul
140 uses
"He says someday we'll have television in Kabul," I said.
Kabul = capital and largest city of Afghanistan
From page 57.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Kabul means:
the capital and largest city of Afghanistan; located in eastern Afghanistan
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Book140 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.2.8
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mullah
33 uses
When I was in fifth grade, we had a mullah who taught us about Islam.
mullah = a Muslim religious teacher or leader
From page 15.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book33 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.15.8
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omit
2 uses
Let's assume the story you gave me is true, though I'd bet my pension a good deal of it is either fabricated or omitted.
omitted = left out
From page 330.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally omit means:
to exclude or neglect something
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17, p.215.7
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passage
2 uses
Sometimes tears pooled in Hassan's eyes as I read him this passage, and I always wondered whom he wept for, the grief-stricken Rostam who tears his clothes and covers his head with ashes, or the dying Sohrab who only longed for his father's love?
passage = a short part of a longer written work
From page 29.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.103.5
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precede
2 uses
His well-earned reputation for savagery preceded him on the streets.
preceded = went before

(editor's note:  This is a way of saying people knew Assef was savage even before they met him.)
From page 38.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5, p.38.3
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Qur'an
17 uses
Bowing my head to the ground, I recited half-forgotten verses from the Koran
Koran = sacred writings of Islam

(editor's note:  This is also commonly spelled Qur'an and Quran.)
From page 154.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Qur'an means:
Islam:  the sacred writings of Islam said to be revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.7.9
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refugee
10 uses
Instead, the war raged on, this time between Afghans, the Mujahedin, against the Soviet puppet government of Najibullah, and Afghan refugees kept flocking to Pakistan.
refugees = people fleeing their homeland
From page 184.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally refugee means:
someone who has fled their homeland to getaway from a dangerous or difficult situation; or related to such people
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.111.7
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Taliban
33 uses
A few weeks later, the Taliban banned kite fighting.
Taliban = fundamentalist Islamic political and military organization

(editor's note:  In this context, fundamentalist refers to the belief that basic religious principles should be strictly enforced. The Taliban ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s and were infamous for their brutality.)
From page 213.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Taliban means:
a fundamentalist Islamic militia; between 1996 and 2001, they took over Afghanistan and set up an Islamic government; they still have much power in the area

(A fundamentalist is someone who strongly believes in old, traditional forms of a religion. A militia is an army made of people who are not full-time soldiers.)
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.198.7
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
found a trace of
"I'm sorry, the cabbies in this town are sharks," he said in perfect English, without a trace of an accent.
trace = small quantity or indication
From page 335  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11, p.140.5
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2  —8 uses as in:
traced a path
"Me neither," he said, his eyes tracing the bird's circular flight.
tracing = following
From page 321.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to follow
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The hunters traced the deer into the woods." — followed or tracked
  • "With soft kisses, she gently traced the scar running down his cheek." — followed
  • "The path traces along the edge of the forest." — follows
  • "A single tear traced its way down her cheek." — followed a specific path
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24, p.321.8
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
utter
8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
utter stupidity
I felt utterly alone.
utterly = completely
From page 274.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4, p.34.5
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unquizzed meaning  —5 uses
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