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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
He told them he was distressed at the great numbers of impoverished children who joined the army at twelve or thirteen, and told them about his campaign to build alternatives in the form of technical schools.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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analysis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
analysis of relevant data
And the analyses of the cases read like Bishop Bududira's discourses on the ways that poverty gets into the bodies of people.†
analyses = instances or results of detailed examinations

(editor's note:  This is the plural of analysis.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
the process or result of examining and thinking about something to better understand it
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banish
3 uses
The priest banished him from church, where he rarely went anyway.
banished = expelled (or told him he was not welcome to come)
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
In Burundi, by contrast, the postcolonial political struggles weren't ethnic.†
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...the professor also advised him to defer advanced science courses and concentrate for now on his English.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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discriminate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
suffered discrimination
There was also blatant discrimination against Hutus in all aspects of education,
discrimination = unfair treatment due to race

(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 discriminate means:
to treat people of different groups differently — especially unfair treatment due to race, religion or gender
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2  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
She didn't discriminate among the needy people who arrived at the door,
discriminate = recognize differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
He had established a committee of villagers and given them a real say in the affairs of the clinic.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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evaluate
1 use
He liked evaluating TB tests.†
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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grave
2 uses
Deo's brother, the one who survived, the one he could talk about, had climbed down a rope ladder; he got away with a minor injury to his foot and a grave wound to his psyche.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Hitler
1 use
He was left asking himself, "What if the German people had said no to Hitler?"
Hitler = German Nazi dictator who murdered millions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
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impoverish
7 uses
Better, he thought, to be in Burundi, if Burundi were at peace, than to live on the wrong, impoverished planet in New York.
impoverished = poor
DefinitionGenerally impoverish means:
make someone poorer; or make something less valuable
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malevolent
1 use
So he called the man over for a chat, just to ease his own mind, just to make sure, I think, that this was merely a farmer and not a malevolent apparition.
malevolent = evil

(editor's note:  An apparition is a ghost.)
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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Nairobi
2 uses
In the middle of the next night, on the leg from London to Nairobi, Deo remarked that we were passing over Khartoum.
Nairobi = the capital and largest city of Kenya; a center for tourist safaris
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a nominal fee
They made more bricks, and this time Deo and the committee managed to get a local craftsman to fire the bricks for a nominal fee.†
nominal = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
insignificantly small
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precede
2 uses
This expedition provokes the Rumanymasunsu famine, which takes over the preceding famines and sweeps across the region.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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rectify
1 use
"Lineage affiliations," writes the scholar Rene Lemarchand, "could rectify and even reverse the formal rank-ordering established through the caste system."
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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refuge
8 uses
The apartment of the Senegalese would still be a refuge, with a shower and a functioning toilet that Deo could use.†
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
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remonstrate
2 uses
His mind remonstrated with him over this thought, that part of his mind trained by his mother and his church.
remonstrated = argued in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Deo's family's herd was numerous but didn't yield a great deal of milk, just enough to feed them all and to make butter, with some left over to give away to impoverished neighbors.†
yield = produce or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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