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The Alchemist by Scott

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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to advocate
I advocated that every single page should be separated from the others and dropped into the nearest volcano, and Abraham along with it.
advocated = recommended
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
He fell silent as they approached a group of Japanese tourists listening intently to their guide, who was standing beneath a bright yellow umbrella.†
approached = moved nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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bronze
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The old man was spattered with mud and blood though none of the blood seemed to be his and he had lost one of his curved bronze swords.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
But the action gave him an insight into the contempt with which the Dark Elders held life.
contempt = lack of respect
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
1st useChapter 26
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
It was June in California, that time of year when most things had turned brown and withered, but here there were trees everywhere, contrasting with the white stone of the buildings.
contrasting = differing (in brightness or tone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 33
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
You might convey to the Morrigan that I am in need of her services.†
convey = communicate or express
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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demonstrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It demonstrates my point.
Across the sloping lawn, Scathach was demonstrating a series of punches for the twins.†
demonstrating = showing (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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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 22
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 56 uses
1  —50 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
He came shakily to his feet and discovered Dr. John Dee standing directly in front of him.†
directly = close (without anything in between)
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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Book50 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
I m glad I brought it, Dee said, not directly answering her.†
directly = in a straightforward manner (clearly without any ambiguity)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 29
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3  —3 uses as in:
directed her question to
She found she could direct the twisters by simply looking in a particular direction, and they would obediently drift that way.†
direct = aim
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book3 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Stay in the car, Nicholas Flamel directed, opening the door and stepping outside onto the short-cropped grass.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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exhalation
1 use
She drew in a deep lungful of breath, held it, allowing her body to warm it, and then breathed out in a long, slow exhalation.
exhalation = the act of breathing air out of the lungs
DefinitionGenerally exhalation means:
the act of breathing air out of the lungs; or the air breathed out
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlight the main findings
The brilliance also highlighted the scars on the car's body, the scratches and gouges in sharp relief.†
highlighted = emphasized (called attention to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
emphasize (call attention to something)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19
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hippie
1 use
In the darkened, air-conditioned interior of the SUV, they seemed so ordinary: Flamel looked like a fading hippy, and Scatty, despite her rather military dress sense, wouldn't have looked out of place behind the counter at The Coffee Cup.†
hippy = a member of the 1960's counterculture associated with long hair, illegal drugs, casual sex, and opposition to violence.
DefinitionGenerally hippie means:
member of the counterculture that first became prevalent in the early 1960's in San Francisco — associated with long hair, illegal drugs, casual sex, and opposition to violence.
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
He thought it wonderfully ironic that hundreds of years later when Ian Fleming created James Bond, he gave Bond the same code name.
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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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
"Screams, maybe. Animal howls. Oh, and laughter." She smiled. "And believe me, you don't want to find out what's laughing," she said, and added, without a trace of irony, "Sleep tight."
irony = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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lilt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an Irish lilt
The gray man spoke English with a curious lilt.†
lilt = accent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of lilt means:
a way of speaking, singing, or making music — typically cheerful, lively or pleasing — sometimes with the pitch of the voice rising and falling
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1st useChapter 2
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malevolent
1 use
Lying still, she tried to expand her senses, but the blanket of malevolence and despair was too strong, and she found she couldn't use her magic.
malevolence = evilness
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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perspective   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
Many years before, when Nicholas and Perry had first discovered the secret of immortality, they had realized that their extra-long lives allowed them to view the world from a different perspective.†
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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2  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The images that appeared on the sword blade were surprisingly detailed. They were all from Hekate's perspective.†
perspective = view (appearance from where looking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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