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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate in court
Thus we have an extra element of fear and danger when we go into combat against the Taliban or al Qaeda-the fear of our own, the fear of what our own navy judge advocate general might rule against us, the fear of the American media and their unfortunate effect on American politicians.†
advocate = a lawyer or officer of a military court
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
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1st useChapter 6.
approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
Meantime, I was so thirsty I thought I might die before that hour approached.†
approached = got near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book3 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9.
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
We were on our final approach to the enormous U.S. base at Bagram.†
approach = route (way to get somewhere)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.
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assuage
1 use
But grief like Patsy suffered is very hard to assuage.
assuage = soothe (make feel better)
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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1st useChapter 12.
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augment
1 use
They had blasted away at us all the way down to these logs, and they had augmented their fire with aimed rocket-propelled grenades.
augmented = enlarged or increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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1st useChapter 7.
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austere
1 use
"But no one, repeat, no one in SPECWARCOM believes he is dead. I want you to understand that, clearly." The austere words of a professional must have hit home. Mom rallied after that,
austere = undecorated
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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1st useChapter 11.
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bequeath
1 use
Myself, I was just born lucky, somehow fluked my way in with a work ethic bequeathed to me by my dad.
bequeathed = passed down
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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1st useChapter 2.
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The last hour had taught me a few major lessons, the main one being I must gain the ability to fight alone, in direct contrast to everything I had ever been taught.
contrast = difference
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 9.
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convey
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
And he spent some time trying to convey his personal position: They can't frighten me.†
convey = communicate or express
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10.
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
We planted our own explosives in the building and then deferred to our EOD guy (explosive ordnance disposal). He positioned us...
deferred = submitted (taking his judgment over our own)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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1st useChapter 1.
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direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 53 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
depart directly
But he walked directly to the exact place where the body of Matthew Gene Axelson was lying.†
directly = straight (without going anywhere else first)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.
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2  —43 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
The president pinned it directly below my Trident.†
directly = close
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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Book43 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
Their policies concerning human rights were outrageous and brought them into direct conflict with the international community.†
direct = clear
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 2.
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed her question to
And from then on they launched a series of drive-by shootings and bombings, usually directed at local officials and pro-government clergy.†
directed = aimed
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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Book2 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.
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5  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Not that we imagined some trigger-happy Iranian missile director might take a pop at us with some fast heat-seeking weapon.†
director = someone who gives instructions or commands
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.
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6  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
And their summary destruction by the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan caused museum directors and curators all over the world to have about four hemorrhages apiece.†
directors = supervisors (people in charge)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Tying them up to give us more time to establish a new position wasn't an option.†
establish = set up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book3 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Slowly, during the course of the day, we established there was a small American base two miles away.†
established = learned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10.
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negative
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
negative feedback from customers
"Negative," I responded.†
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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1st useChapter 3.
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Taliban
274 uses
His face had been blasted by close-range gunfire, in that quaint, old-fashioned way the Taliban have when they find a mortally wounded American.
Taliban = fundamentalist Islamic political and military organization
DefinitionGenerally Taliban means:
a fundamentalist Islamic militia; between 1996 and 2001, they took over Afghanistan and set up an Islamic government; they still have much power in the area

(A fundamentalist is someone who strongly believes in old, traditional forms of a religion. A militia is an army made of people who are not full-time soldiers.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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