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adjacent
1 use
The home sat on twelve acres adjacent to Brices Creek, and he'd worked on the wooden fence that lined the other three sides of the property, checking for dry rot or termites,replacing posts when he had to.
adjacent = nearby
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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anxiety
1 use
She thought about the anxiety coming here had caused her.
anxiety = worry
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
...though it didn't look quite as nice as the first one, it conveyed an image she thought would be more appropriate.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for the situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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chasm
2 uses
...the chasm she had erected in her life to separate the pain from the pleasure.
chasm = large gap or divide
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
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coincide
2 uses
Time passes, and gradually our breathing begins to coincide just as it did this morning.
coincide = correspond (in this case, inhale and exhale at the same time)
DefinitionGenerally coincide means:
to be similar — especially to happen at the same time or place
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
"Strokes could be serious," they'd say, "especially for someone his age, and the consequences could be severe."
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Light blue with a touch of lace, it buttoned up the front, and though it didn't look quite as nice as the first one, it conveyed an image she thought would be more appropriate.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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demonstrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
He demonstrated quickly, making it look easy, removing the meat and putting it on her plate.†
demonstrated = showed (how something is done)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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dominate
4 uses
As far as he could tell, man had always been aggressive, always striving to dominate, trying to control the world and everything in it.
dominate = to control or be most powerful
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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evaluate
2 uses
The judge leaned back in his chair, evaluating him for a moment.
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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evoke
2 uses
Lon could not evoke these feelings in her.
evoke = arouse
DefinitionGenerally evoke means:
to call forth or cause — typically to arouse an emotion or bring a memory to mind
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inevitable
2 uses
I know the evening is coming to an end, and there is nothing I can do to stop the inevitable.
inevitable = what is certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Looking back, I find it ironic that she chose to read the letter at the exact moment that question popped into my head.
ironic = an entertaining coincidence when what happens is not what might be expected
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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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
"Here," he said again, pointing the canoe at an old tree that had fallen over, obscuring an opening almost completely hidden from view.
obscuring = making less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Something natural, as if being on the water were beyond his control, part of a gene passed on to him from some obscure hereditary pool.
obscure = not well understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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3  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
He had always paid attention to details, especially when he'd begun his practice. Little things, obscure things, and it had become a habit now.
obscure = seemingly unimportant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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passage
2 uses
And even now I read the passages and wonder who I was when I wrote them, for I cannot remember the events of my life.
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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revere
2 uses
And sometimes in the evenings I would see her holding them, almost reverently, as if they offered the secret of life itself.
reverently = with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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skeptical
1 use
She gave him a skeptical look, and he explained.
skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
In time, silver twilight is the only remainder of the day, and still we talk of the poetry.
twilight = the light from the sky during the time of day between daylight and darkness (in this case just after sunset, but in other usage, it could be just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
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