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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
No, only you will accompany him.
accompany = travel along with
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 39
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
approached the city
"Now step away from your dragon and slowly approach me," commanded the bald man.†
approach = come near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book6 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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2  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
"Well," said Eragon, wondering how best to approach the subject, "I keep hearing about the Dragon Riders and their supposed accomplishments.†
approach = begin communication with someone about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrasted with his neck and jowls, the rest of his body was unnaturally thin.
contrasted = compared (in a way that shows differences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
sharpen the picture contrast
As beams of light tinted the clouds with blazing colors, everything gained a sharp contrast: brightly lit on one side, deeply shadowed on the other.†
contrast = difference (in brightness or tones)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
the difference between tones of an image — as in a photo or video — such as the quality of brightness or the intensity of shades or colors
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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contrite
1 use
He dipped his head and tried to look contrite.
contrite = sorrowful for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 21 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Before he could decide, a tall man garbed entirely in black armor emerged from the tunnel and looked directly at him.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book10 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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2  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Your actions were honorable, but you did defy a direct order from your commander.†
direct = clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 25
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3  —8 uses as in:
directed her question to
He directed his last words at Saphira.†
directed = aimed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book8 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27
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focus   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 16 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
All his pain and rage focused on one word: "Brisingr!"†
focused = concentrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book13 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
"Not yet," said Brom, "but your very existence is the focus of their battles."†
focus = center (where attention is concentrated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 29
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3  —2 uses
technical usage
Eragon drew upon their combined power and focused it on the words.†
focused = concentrated at a single point
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point where things come together such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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grave
9 uses
I roused the five of you because we are all in grave danger.
grave = serious (important)
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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Book9 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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highlight   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
highlight the main findings
Light glinted off a sapphire, highlighting a strange symbol carved on its face.†
highlighting = emphasizing (drawing attention to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
emphasize (call attention to something)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses as in:
highlights and shadows
The gold griffins gleamed with colored highlights garnered from scores of lanterns.†
highlights = shining points
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
noun:  something that is lighter and draws attention — such as an area of a painting

verb:  making something lighter — such as an area of a painting
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
What Saphira just did illustrates my earlier point: there is much you don't know.†
illustrates = helps make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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petulant
1 use
There was no hint of hair on his face, his pudgy hands were baby smooth, and he had pouting lips that curled petulantly as he sipped from a flagon.
petulantly = in an unreasonably upset manner
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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rebuttal
2 uses
He could think of no rebuttal, so he concentrated on controlling his stomach.
rebuttal = argument against (something)
DefinitionGenerally rebuttal means:
a statement arguing against something
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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rein
19 uses
Dark lines appeared on Brom's forehead as he reined Snowfire to a halt.
reined = restrained or controlled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse (You might like to think of other senses of rein as being figurative derivations from this sense.)
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Book19 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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scrupulous
1 use
Everything was scrupulously clean, as if the owner spent his leisure time digging in obscure crannies for minuscule pieces of filth.
scrupulously = with great care and attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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