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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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augment
7 uses
Its population was sparse until augmented through the relocation subplan of the Great New York Urban Renewal Program, A.D. twenty-twenty-five through twenty-thirty.
augmented = increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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clandestine
4 uses
Two days after our manifesto a "clandestine" radio started beaming to Terra.
clandestine = hidden
DefinitionGenerally clandestine means:
secret; or conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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conjecture
7 uses
I conjecture that the names they represent are in the Security Chiefs data storage location.
conjecture = conclude or guess based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
Nulls are defined as any consonant followed by X, Y, or Z; any vowel followed by itself except E and 0; any—†
consonant = a letter of the alphabet that is not a vowel
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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1st useChapter 1
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
He deferred to Prof but rarely to anybody else.
deferred = yielded (to accept Prof's opinions over his own)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 27
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denounce
5 uses
When I brushed him off, he threatened to denounce me to Adam Selene
denounce = to strongly criticize
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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diffident
3 uses
voice sounded diffident
diffident = lacking self-confidence
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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digress
1 use
Chairman said that there had been many irrelevancies yesterday and matters discussed best left undiscussed—and that he would permit no digressions today.
digressions = wanderings off topic

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", 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 discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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1st useChapter 17
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Hold yourself at the disposal of this committee.†
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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divert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divert the traffic or funds
If neither one gets through, we have shots farther back which can be diverted—for example easy to shift targets among Delaware-Bay-Chesapeake-Bay group.
diverted = put to another use than that originally intended
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divert means:
to change the direction of something, or the purpose for which it is used
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
Not going to detail what new Congress did and said that session and later; minutes are available.†
minutes = formal notes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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1st useChapter 21
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novel
2 uses
Wall Street Journal called it "an attractive high-risk-high-gain investment with novel growth potential."
novel = pleasantly new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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redundant
5 uses
Any method of communication needs redundancy, or information can be lost.
redundancy = a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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1st useChapter 4
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relevant
1 use
I have incomplete data which might be relevant.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 7
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repudiate
3 uses
Sir, if nominated, I shall repudiate it.
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
What you are doing is forcing me to resign.
resign = quit (a 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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
If we ever managed to leave, price to lift that mass to Luna would hurt—I was resigned to abandoning a p-suit with years more wear in it
resigned = accept something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 18
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whimsical
2 uses
If you spoke English, results might be whimsical; multi-valued nature of English gave option circuits too much leeway.
whimsical = determined by chance (and sometimes amusing)
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful, amusing, or impulsive rather than seriously rational
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1st useChapter 1
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
Mike's "head" works faster; he answered, "The concussion of a hundred-tonne mass on Terra approaches the yield of a two-kilotonne atomic bomb."†
yield = production
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
During evening session Prof reported on trip and then yielded to me—Committee Chairman Korsakov consenting—so that I could report what "five-year plan" meant and how Authority had tried to bribe me.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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