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The Horse Whisperer

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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
She could seamlessly adapt, insinuate herself into any group, any culture or situation.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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1st useChapter 13
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
She looked at him with what was no doubt meant as contempt but when she spoke, her voice quavered.
contempt = a 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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1st useChapter 15
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contradict
1 use
The girlishness of this was contradicted by the manly way she walked.†
contradicted = disagreed
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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1st useChapter 7
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
They came from every corner of the globe, borne by family and friends and now, convening here, took turns in sharing Grace's bed.†
convening = meeting or gathering
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
And the unconventionally of this pairing was an unspoken thrill to them both.†
unconventionally = in a manner that is not normal or typical

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconventionally means not and reverses the meaning of conventionally. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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1st useChapter 2
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daunt
7 uses
It was as though their mere survival in this daunting land were in itself some mighty triumph.†
daunting = discouraging or intimidating
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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1st useChapter 17
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Judith was nearly a year older than Grace and in decisions as weighty as risking the ever-ready wrath of Mrs. Dyer, Grace was happy to defer.
defer = yield (in this case, her judgment to Judith's)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 1
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disdain
2 uses
Pilgrim now had a corral to himself next to the colts Tom was starting and whose interest, over the double fence, he returned with a mix of suspicion and disdain.†
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 22
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
No test had established the fact, nor had he sought one.†
established = proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st useChapter 36
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humiliate
6 uses
All phone-ins seemed to have these ruthless wise guy hosts nowadays and Annie could never understand why people kept calling, knowing full well they would get humiliated.†
humiliated = extremely embarrassed (decreased dignity)
DefinitionGenerally humiliate means:
extremely embarrass (decrease dignity, self-respect, or pride — especially in front of others)
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1st useChapter 33
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irrelevant
2 uses
She heard herself doing it again, hammering away at irrelevant detail as she had just now with Robert.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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1st useChapter 20
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
Inquests of stunning objectivity were held and Annie learned for the first time how facts could be so subtly rearranged to render different truths.
objectivity = understanding or decisions based on facts without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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1st useChapter 21
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passage
1 use
Annie read the passage three times and read no farther.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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1st useChapter 25
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relevant
1 use
Annie laughed along but went away and worried about the image for a whole afternoon, until she decided it wasn't even remotely relevant to her present situation because Lady Macbeth was doing it for her husband's career not her own and in any case was clearly out of her tree.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 21
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
She would tell Gates that if he didn't reinstate Lucy Friedman she would resign.
resign = quit her job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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1st useChapter 26
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Her footsteps as she came through the hall sounded more resigned than angry.
resigned = like someone who had accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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1st useChapter 4
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salubrious
1 use
There was no hotel and though they themselves would have no trouble finding a place to lay their heads, they clearly felt the young Englishwoman needed somewhere more salubrious.
salubrious = promoting health
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1st useChapter 2
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sedative
9 uses
Harry gave Pilgrim a hefty shot of sedative and handed Annie a box of the stuff along with some needles in case of emergencies.†
sedative = a drug that calms or puts to sleep; or describing something as calming
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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vary
1 use
Mostly the messages expressed varying degrees of shock, outrage and commiseration.†
varying = differing; or changing
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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1st useChapter 27
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yearling
12 uses
He watched a man tie a yearling tight by its neck to a fence, hobble a hind leg then beat it into submission with a length of zinc piping.†
yearling = an animal between one and two years of age
DefinitionGenerally yearling means:
an animal between one and two years of age — (in the case of a race or show horse, the horse is treated as though it's birthday was January 1st of the year prior to its birth)
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1st useChapter 8
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