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assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I assume it's true
But he also knows there's two of us and probably assumes we were hunting Foxface.
assumes = accepts as true (without really knowing for sure)
From page 321.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library67 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23, p.309.9
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2  —1 use as in:
She assumed a false identity
I try to capture the calm demeanor my mother assumes when handling particularly bad cases.
assumes = takes on or adopts
From page 256.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
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Book1 use
Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19, p.256.4
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
Up close, I'm sure their more menacing attributes will be revealed.
attributes = characteristics
From page 331.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25, p.331.3
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Perhaps some of the merchants were a little generous in their trades, but I always attributed that to their long-standing relationship with my father.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of)
From page 91.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7, p.91.6
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camouflage
11 uses
I grind up part of a charred branch and set about camouflaging my orange pack.
camouflaging = hiding (by making it blend in with its surroundings)
From page 164.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally camouflage means:
the act of hiding something by making it blend in with its surroundings

or:

hiding the truth

or:

something that hides or deceives
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.164.8
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
In stark contrast to two nights ago, when I felt Peeta was a million miles away, I'm struck by his immediacy now.
contrast = difference
From page 298.9  Typical Usage
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 22, p.298.9
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dehydrated
5 uses
A fear of the cracked tongue, aching body and fuzzy mind brought on by my previous dehydration creeps into my consciousness.
dehydration = lack of water

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
From page 326.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally dehydrated means:
suffering from excessive loss of water from the body

or:

dried and/or preserved by removing natural moisture
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.165.7
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
After purifying half a pot of water, I place it in direct sunlight and add several egg-size hot stones to the water.
direct = without anything in between
From page 266.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Book8 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.11.3
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
I'm not sure about Foxface since direct confrontation isn't her style or her forte.
direct = straightforward (clear and uncomplicated)
From page 279.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21, p.279.1
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3  —5 uses as in:
directed her question to
Latecomers are directed to the adjacent streets, where they can watch the event on screens as it's televised live by the state.
directed = sent

(editor's note:  In this context, adjacent is a synonym for nearby.)
From page 17.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.168.7
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
highlight   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
highlights of the year
During the highlights, they periodically show the winner's reaction up on a box in the corner of the screen.
highlights = best parts
From page 362.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
something that stands out
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18, p.242.4
2  —1 use as in:
highlights and shadows
My face is relatively clear of makeup, just a bit of highlighting here and there.
highlighting = emphasizing by making some areas lighter
From page 67.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
noun:  something that is lighter and draws attention — such as an area of a painting

verb:  making something lighter — such as an area of a painting
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.67.5
mentor
15 uses
It must be hell to mentor two kids and then watch them die.
mentor = provide guidance to someone less experienced
From page 306.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally mentor means:
someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.134.5
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revise
1 use
"The earlier revision has been revoked. Closer examination of the rule book has disclosed that only one winner may be allowed," he says.
revision = change

(editor's note:  In this context, revoked is a synonym for cancelled or reversed.)
From page 342.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 25, p.342.6
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sustain   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
sustained by her faith
That the Career Tributes who survive the bloodbath will divide up most of these life-sustaining spoils.
sustaining = supporting
From page 149.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11, p.149.2
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
The playful romance we had sustained in the cave has disappeared out in the open, under the hot sun, with the threat of Cato looming over us.
sustained = maintained or continued
From page 322.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24, p.322.6
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
found a trace of
Not only are the scars from the arena gone, but those accumulated over years of hunting have vanished without a trace.
trace = indication that they were ever there
From page 351.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19, p.255.1
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2  —1 use as in:
trace the origin or development
But that doesn't prevent me from feeling the sharp stab of pain as the needle inserts the metal tracking device deep under the skin on the inside of my forearm. Now the Gamemakers will always be able to trace my whereabouts in the arena.
trace = find or follow
From page 144.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of
This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something:
  • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
  • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
  • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
  • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation
to research or report on the development of something
  • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
  • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on
to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something
  • "She traces the progress of at-risk students." — monitors information
  • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.144.1
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unquizzed meaning  —3 uses
tribute
175 uses
1  —175 uses as in:
demanded they pay tribute
In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate.
tributes = things paid for protection

Editor's notes:  

In this book, tributes refers to the teenagers forced to play in the Hunger Games. Outside of this novel, tribute typically has other meanings.

The general meaning upon which this book's usage is based refers to payment by one nation for protection by another; or payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence.
From page 18.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tribute means:
payment by one nation for protection by another;
or: payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
Word Statistics
Book175 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.1.5
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venom
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
snake venom
Inside the woods they roam freely, and there are added concerns like venomous snakes,
venomous = poisonous
From page 5.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of venom means:
poison created by some insects and animals such as snakes
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.5.4
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