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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
approached the city
Before the race began, I tried to approach Annabeth and tell her about my dream.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
You tried the diplomatic approach.†
approach = technique (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 19
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bronze
18 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Annabeth's bronze knife lay on the deck.
bronze = made of a brownish metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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centaur
24 uses
The centaurs shall carry you.
centaurs = mythical beings that are half man and half horse
DefinitionGenerally centaur means:
a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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chasm
6 uses
...it had a rope bridge across a chasm,
chasm = a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a very large difference — often of opinion
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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chide
6 uses
"Never question a gift," Hermes chided.
chided = gently corrected (told him it is wrong to ask the question)
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
I'd always had trouble looking directly at him, though I'd never quite understood why.†
directly = straight (focusing where stated rather than including it as part of a larger focus; or a careful look rather than a quick glance)
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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Book2 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Percy, the hardest part about being a god is that you must often act indirectly, especially when it comes to your own children.†
indirectly = in a complicated, non-obvious manner

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
I didn't know where I was anymore, or which way to steer the boat. It was a good thing Annabeth was directing me.†
directing = giving directions to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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4  —10 uses as in:
directed the movie
It appears I shall have to reinstate Chiron as activities director.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(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
Book10 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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expulsion
8 uses
For the first time in my life, I'd almost made it an entire year without getting expelled.
expelled = kicked out of school
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out
especially in 2 primary senses:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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falsetto
2 uses
Grover said in his falsetto voice.
falsetto = a male using a voice with artificially high tones
DefinitionGenerally falsetto means:
a male voice that is artificially high — usually while singing
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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hubris
4 uses
My fatal flaw. That's what the Sirens showed me. My fatal flaw is hubris.
hubris = excessive pride, arrogance, or confidence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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immortal
8 uses
You told me the gods made you immortal only so long as you were needed to train heroes.
immortal = someone who lives forever
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
living or existing forever

or:

someone famous throughout history

or:

someone who will never die — such as a mythological god
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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lithe
1 use
She was built like a long-distance runner, lithe and strong,
lithe = thin with grace of movement
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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menial
1 use
The monster may be able to do some menial chores.
menial = unskilled
DefinitionGenerally menial means:
of work:  unskilled and uninteresting
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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mortal
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
mortal body
I was under strict orders from Chiron never to take my anger out on regular mortals,
mortals = humans (especially merely humans)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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parry
3 uses
He slashed at Annabeth, and I parried the blade away.
parried = deflected (forced in a harmless direction)
DefinitionGenerally parry means:
to avoid — especially to deflect (cause something to change direction)
in 2 primary senses:
  • to avoid an attack — especially a physical attack as when deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • to avoid answering a question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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prophecy
22 uses
Has Chiron even told you the prophecy?
prophecy = prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Book22 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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Zeus
19 uses
Lord Zeus was most upset.
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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Book19 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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