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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
And even though I loved my sister had accepted her eccentricities I found it hard to listen to detailed descriptions, abstract ambitions, relevant observations, hers and mine.
abstract = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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animate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
In fact, she looked quite animated.
animated = lively (enthusiastic or excited)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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coalesce
1 use
Have You Ever had so much to say that your mouth closed up tight, struggling to harness the nuclear force coalescing within your words?
coalescing = merging or coming together
DefinitionGenerally coalesce means:
to merge or bring different things together
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contrite
5 uses
The other half told me to shut up, told me to smile, told me to find a hint of contrition and agree, "You're right, Mom, some of my choices haven't been the best lately."
contrition = regret for a fault

(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.)
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
But it was just so easy, like fate had mailed it directly to me.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
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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Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
Damn, direct.†
direct = straightforward (specific and to the point)
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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3  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
She directed us to the elevators.†
directed = pointed
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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4  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Direct Jake to dump the wheelbarrow.†
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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disdain
1 use
I knew my family would be waiting to share news of the day. The very monotony I had lately disdained cried out to me: I am essential. Without me you will wither,
disdained = rejected as not good enough
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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factor
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It was the deciding factor.
We were best buds, no matter what, and, of course, there was the Leigh factor.†
factor = something that affects a result or outcome
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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induce
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
induce symptoms
...while my own speed-induced body odor reeked ever stronger,
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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indulge
4 uses
Whatever choices I made, Jake would indulge in the latest video games.
indulge = enjoy to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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intrusion
3 uses
...and ungodly neon intruding upon the beauty of the July dusk,
intruding = interrupting
DefinitionGenerally intrusion means:
an involvement or interruption that is unwelcome
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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monotonous
2 uses
I knew my family would be waiting to share news of the day. The very monotony I had lately disdained cried out to me: I am essential. Without me you will wither,
monotony = lack of variety (consistent pattern)
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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negative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
had a negative effect
And the only one who knew every little negative, dirty thing would have forgiven me anything.†
negative = bad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
negative feedback from customers
And he accepted my negative answer with a smile that meant he didn't believe a word.†
negative = indicating an answer of "no"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
Okay, Over the Last Few Years I may have gained a little perspective.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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relevant
1 use
And even though I loved my sister had accepted her eccentricities I found it hard to listen to detailed descriptions, abstract ambitions, relevant observations, hers and mine.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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remorse
3 uses
Why do they make you wait so long, trembling in the shadow of fear and remorse?
remorse = feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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trepidation
3 uses
I made the call with trepidation but...
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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