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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Erasers were clumsier but more adaptable.†
adaptable = able to change to fit a different situation

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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agitate
1 use
"You don't understand," Max II said, agitated.†
agitated = not calm; or stirred up (often emotionally)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 4
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anomaly
3 uses
Let's see you go without anything to eat for three days, especially if you're a biological anomaly who needs three thousand calories a day minimum, and then someone presents you with a hot, smoky, charred piece of rat au jus.†
anomaly = something outside of the range of what is normally expected
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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appalling
6 uses
My shriek of appalled rage could probably be heard in California, or maybe Hawaii.†
appalled = shocked by how terrible or horrible something is
DefinitionGenerally appalling means:
shockingly terrible or horrible
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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clone   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Can we clone it?
"They're people too, even if they were just cloned and created," Angel said, stepping closer to me and taking my hand.†
cloned = copied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of clone means:
to make a copy of something — especially a genetically identical copy created with technology
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
It is a clone.
I didn't think Fang had been replaced by a clone the way I had at one point.†
clone = copy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of clone means:
a copy of something — especially an organism with identical genetics created through technology
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
She stared at me with contempt.
contempt = intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
Okay, as a mom I'm unconventional, I admit.†
unconventional = not regarded as normal

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconventional means not and reverses the meaning of conventional. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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delude
6 uses
"And if you look in the dictionary under 'delusional megalomaniac,' you'll see your picture."†
delusional = out of touch with reality (having false beliefs)
DefinitionGenerally delude means:
deceive (convince to have a false belief)
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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DNA
17 uses
A couple kinds survived, including us, bird kids, who are mostly human but with some bird DNA thrown in.†
DNA = cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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gene
7 uses
As usual, the leopard genes were expressed in some unexpected ways.†
genes = segments of DNA that when combined determine biological traits such as hair color or height
DefinitionGenerally gene means:
a single segment of DNA which when combined determine inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book7 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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imply
1 use
While I'd been happily stuffing my face with homemade chocolate-chip cookies, my friends had been getting captured, with all that that implied.†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
I have a highly developed sense of irony.
irony = ability to notice when what happens is very different than what might be expected (with amusement)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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nimble
5 uses
Total crawled out and jumped nimbly into Iggy's arms.†
nimbly = quickly and easily
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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ominous
4 uses
But it had been ominously quiet on the Eraser front.†
ominously = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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phenomenon
1 use
The Voice was a recent phenomenon, and as far as I was concerned, it could stay gone.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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species
4 uses
Some were "enhanced" but not combined with another species.†
species = a similar group of animals or plants
DefinitionGenerally species means:
a group of animals or plants that are similar — typically identified as a group because they can procreate together (reproduce new members of the group)
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 1
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suppress
4 uses
Barely suppressing a shriek of rage, I flung myself down the hall and into the bathroom, slamming and locking the door behind me.†
suppressing = trying to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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theme
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
theme of the novel
"It sounds like a tweed theme park," said Angel.†
theme park = an amusement park with one or more basic underlying ideas — such as the Magic Kingdom
DefinitionGenerally this sense of theme means:
a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done — especially in a literary or artistic work
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePart 3
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vendor
4 uses
I started to wave down a hot-dog vendor.†
vendor = someone who sells goods or services
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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