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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library88 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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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bronze
41 uses
Annabeth's bronze knife lay on the deck.
bronze = made of a reddish brown metal that consists of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally bronze means:
a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin

or:

the reddish-brown color of the metal (such as a bronze tan)

or:

something made of the alloy — such as a sculpture
Word Statistics
Book41 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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centaur
24 uses
The centaurs shall carry you.
centaurs = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library53 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 incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 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
Library6 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)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library22 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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
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:
someone who lives forever

or:

a person of enduring fame
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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mane
3 uses
He buried his face in the hippocampus's mane.
mane = long coarse hair such as that growing around the head of a lion or on the back of the neck of a horse
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair such as that which grows around a lion's head or on the back of a horse's neck
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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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muse
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
her musings
"What will Annabeth's makeover be?" Circe mused.
mused = wondered (thought about) (in this case: wondered aloud)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
perforate
1 use
They were bronze, the size of cannon balls, perforated like wiffle balls with fire bubbling out the holes.
perforated = with holes
DefinitionGenerally perforate means:
to make a hole or holes in something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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postpone
4 uses
We might have to postpone.
postpone = delay until a later time
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
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)
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
In any event, I will stay in exile until this matter is resolved ... one way or another.
resolved = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
treacherous
1 use
Cyclopes are the most deceitful, treacherous-
treacherous = dangerous or likely to betray
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
venom
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
snake venom
I used elder python venom, straight from the depths of Tartarus.
venom = poison created by some insects and animals such as snakes
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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