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alleviate
1 use
Lourdes's boyfriend tries to find a way to alleviate the sadness he sees in Lourdes.
alleviate = lessen (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally alleviate means:
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
He conveys his message through jokes or by spinning a lesson out of a popular movie or song.†
conveys = communicates or expresses
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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corroborate
6 uses
All this ... helped corroborate Enrique's story.
corroborate = support — typically with additional evidence or testimony
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usenotes
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Enrique also tells Don Francisco that he works six days a week and focuses on saving money.†
focuses = concentrates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book8 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
His focus is one instilled by mentors at the seminary: "Either we are with the poor, or we are not."†
focus = place where attention is directed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlight the main findings
A yearlong government advertising campaign has highlighted the dangers of the journey.†
highlighted = emphasized (called attention to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
emphasize (call attention to something)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is shy and inhibited
Maraa Isabel knows he wants her to say she loves him, but she can't; she has always been painfully shy. She feels inhibited in the Internet store.†
inhibited = unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
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1st useChapter 7
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
God teaches us to most help the poor. Any other interpretation is unacceptable.†
interpretation = understanding

(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 this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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migrant
521 uses
Sometimes he slips the shoes off his feet and hands them to a migrant.
migrant = a person who moves from one geographic region to another
DefinitionGenerally migrant means:
a person (or animal) that moves from one place to another — sometimes seasonally — sometimes for work
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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migrate
11 uses
A Harvard University study showed that 85 percent of all immigrant children who eventually end up in the United States spent at least some time separated from a parent in the course of migrating to the United States.
migrating = moving from one place to another
DefinitionGenerally migrate means:
move from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePro.
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negative
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
had a negative effect
Many outcomes of the new strategy have been unintended — and negative, the PPIC says.†
negative = harmful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAft.
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passage
1 use
One of his favorite passages in the Bible is Matthew 25:35.†
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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paternal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
paternal grandmother
He takes her to visit his paternal grandmother across town.
paternal = relating to a father (in this case, specifying that it is his grandmother who is his father's mother)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of paternal means:
related to a father; or characteristic of fathers
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1st useChapter 1
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perspective   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
Their presence in the United States is deemed good or bad, depending on the perspective. ... Perhaps by looking at one immigrant — his strengths, his courage, his flaws — his humanity might help illuminate what too often has been a black-and-white discussion.
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePro.
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2  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
...immigrant children in U.S. schools who spent time separated from parents are often depressed, act up, have trouble trusting anyone, and don't respond to the authority of parents they weren't raised with. Los Angeles Unified School District psychologist Bradley Pilon believes only one in ten immigrant students ultimately accepts his or her parent and puts the rancor he or she feels toward the parent in perspective. Murillo's conclusion: "The parents say: I had to do it." But that's not enough for these children. All of them feel the resentment.
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
SAT®*top 100
1st useAft.
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positive
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
They never promise anything, especially a visit or reunion, until they are positive they can deliver.†
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAft.
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
rancor
2 uses
They work to ensure that the love they feel for their mothers overcomes the rancor they also feel inside.
rancor = feelings of deep and bitter anger
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
He and Jose resolve to try it soon.
resolve = decide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She cannot carry his picture. It would melt her resolve.
resolve = firmness of purpose (in this case to leave him behind while she makes a better life in the United States)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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3  —1 use as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Going home would resolve a problem that has weighed heavily on Lourdes: Diana's delayed baptism.
resolve = solve or settle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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