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Here, There be Dragons by Owen

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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Jack had taken a few moments to examine Nemo's weaponry aboard the Nautilus, and he'd found among the various hydraulic and steam-powered weaponry a few devices of a more conventional nature, which he could adapt to better use.†
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.20
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admonish
7 uses
"You must mind your decorum," Charles admonished Jack.†
admonished = expressed disapproval; or warned or advised
DefinitionGenerally admonish means:
to express disapproval to someone of their actions; or to warn or advise someone
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.6
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allude
1 use
As it turned out, the club to which Charles led them had literary allusions of its own.†
allusions = indirect references

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
At first he attributed the dragons' sudden appearance to his summoning, figuring the delay was due to the rotation of the Earth, or dragon inefficiency, or something he could get angry about, being that he now commanded them.†
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6.21
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centaur
20 uses
Useless as a buck centaur in a dairy, that one.†
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.17
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
The fifth race, Men, convened the council out of sheer tradition.†
convened = met or gathered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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2  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
Jack had taken a few moments to examine Nemo's weaponry aboard the Nautilus, and he'd found among the various hydraulic and steam-powered weaponry a few devices of a more conventional nature, which he could adapt to better use.†
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.20
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dispute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
their border dispute
"I doubt he called on the dragons for every little dispute," said John, "but the possibility would certainly have been an effective deterrent."
dispute = disagreement or fight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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1st useChapter 2.7
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2  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
"The claim," he said, "has been made by one of Arthur's own kinsmen, and as such ought not to be disputed."
disputed = challenged (argued about)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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1st useChapter 2.6
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diversity
8 uses
The Curious Diversity passed through an immense stone gate, bracketed by two equally massive statues.†
diversity = the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.6
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incredulous
8 uses
John said, incredulous.†
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.2
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
And only one person alive has been schooled and trained in the ancient languages and cultures that will allow him to interpret the directions in that atlas.†
interpret = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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King Arthur
2 uses
None of them had truly thought for an instant that they were actually traveling to King Arthur's Avalon of legend, but there, in that moment, they could almost believe.
King Arthur = mythical king of the Britons (English) recognized as such when he was able to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone that had locked its blade; created the Knights of the Round Table to protect his people
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1st useChapter 1.4
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malevolent
1 use
And just as it seemed the travails could grow no worse, the telltale fog of the Gas came wafting malevolently through the shattered trees.
malevolently = with the desire to do evil or to hurt others
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 2.7
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nevertheless
8 uses
John thought this was a lie, but he appreciated the gesture nevertheless.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book8 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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precede
1 use
Heed the words of the Caretakers who preceded you, whose wisdom can be found in the Geographica, for they have learned lessons you will need to learn yourself.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.14
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primarily
2 uses
"Ancient languages, primarily," said John.†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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revise
1 use
So I revised it—considerably, I might add—and published it in the version you all know.†
revised = changed
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
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6.24
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
Somberly, they marched in, looking neither right nor left.
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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vary
3 uses
They still appeared to be on open ocean, with no land in sight, but the gray morning light revealed a number of varying depths in the water below.†
varying = differing; or changing
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.5
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