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anguish
4 uses
But his anguish after he'd discovered his dead son had sounded real.†
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Maybe if I hit some code-breaking sites I could figure out a different approach for how to find our parents.†
approach = way of doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 41-50
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
appropriate from their culture
Nudge got onto the laptop we'd more or less appropriated from Anne.
appropriated = taken
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to take without asking — often without right
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 71-80
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condescending
1 use
"That is so condescending," he said.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-40
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
I glanced around again — and saw Angel looking directly at me through the vent.†
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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-20
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2  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
It had never, ever responded to a direct question before.†
direct = straightforward (specific and clear)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1-10
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
The Director was right — they're going to Washington DC.†
director = someone (or one of a group) who is in charge of an organization or project — sometimes someone in charge of making a film or other performance

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
But since we were in a seven-freaking-bedroom country chateau with a Sub-Zero fridge and Viking range at our disposal, it didn't cut it.†
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21-30
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
their border dispute
That Nudge never quit yapping, and Angel and Gasman had gotten into disputes like whether the sky was blue and what day this was.
disputes = disagreements or arguments
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 121-130
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DNA
8 uses
Morphing had hurt at first — his lupine DNA wasn't seamlessly grafted into his stem cells, like the other Erasers'.†
DNA = cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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grave
2 uses
I swung my head to see her gravely watching an Eraser who looked confused, paralyzed.†
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1-10
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monopoly
1 use
Like — you can't build bombs or cook or win at Monopoly.†
monopoly = the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 31-40
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optimistic
2 uses
I felt kind of optimistic.†
optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-10
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revise
1 use
Only three days before this year's budget was supposed to be presented, President Danning announced a stunning revision: He has taken back almost a billion dollars allotted to the military and is channeling it into public education, as well as nationwide shelters for homeless women and children.†
revision = a change; or a changed version

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 71-80
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serene
3 uses
I mean, there was no way I was going to wallow in serenity for more than two seconds, right?†
serenity = untroubled calm
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 91-100
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vary
2 uses
The others nodded with varying levels of enthusiasm.†
varying = differing; or changing
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11-20
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virtual   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
virtual organization
Gliders are virtually soundless.
virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 91-100
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2  —1 use as in:
computer's virtual world
A fine time for the big guys' latest super-top-secret holographic virtual-reality system to crash.
virtual = simulated by a computer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
something simulated by a computer
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 131-142
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow happily in the mud
Of course it was too freaking peaceful to last, right? I mean, there was no way I was going to wallow in serenity for more than two seconds, right?
wallow = relax
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 91-100
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wistful
3 uses
"It's what we've all waited for," said Nudge, sounding wistful.†
wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 91-100
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