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appropriate
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
it is appropriate
"Pfiffikus!" she echoed, quickly adopting the appropriate cruelty that childhood seems to require.
appropriate = suitable or fitting (for a particular situation)
From page 53.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 3, p.129.3
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
AN ATTRIBUTE OF ROSA HUBERMANN:  She was a good woman for a crisis.
attribute = characteristic
From page 211.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3, p.123.5
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Was he really a coward, as his son had so brutally pointed out? Certainly, in World War I, he considered himself one. He attributed his survival to it.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of) (in this case, he does not think he would have survived if he had not been a coward)
From page 106.9  Typical Usage
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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 2, p.106.9
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compose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
compose a poem
They'd been learning about composers in school, where despite his obvious stupidity, Rudy excelled.
composers = people who write music
From page 299.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 5, p.299.9
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2  —2 uses as in:
keep your composure
Rosa was still in shock, but she composed herself.
composed = calmed or settled
From page 467.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to calm someone or settle something
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 3, p.161.4
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
On Friday, a statement arrived to say that Hans Hubermann was to be drafted into the German army. A member of the party would be happy to play a role in the war effort, it concluded. If he wasn't, there would certainly be consequences.
consequences = undesired effects
From page 417.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book4 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 4, p.203.6
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Just bad luck. That's what you say. Of no consequence. That's what you make yourself believe—because deep down, you know that this small piece of changing fortune is a signal of things to come.
consequence = importance
From page 258.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 5, p.258.2
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Frau Holtzapfel appeared to be waiting for me in the kitchen. ... By contrast, Frau Diller was fast asleep.
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
From page 530.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 10, p.530.5
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differentiate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
differentiate between right/wrong
That word, however, does not differentiate between the sexes.
differentiate = recognize difference
From page 32.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of differentiate means:
to recognize difference
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 1, p.32.9
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Our school is one of the finest ever established.
established = created
From page 409.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 8, p.409.6
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
  Unfortunately, she gave herself away. In the eyes. They were agitated. She knew the exact moment when Viktor Chemmel established that the book was a prize possession.
  "I'll tell you what," he said. "For fifty marks, you can have it back."
established = determined (figured out)
From page 301.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 5, p.301.5
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Hitler
60 uses
In 1933, 90 percent of Germans showed unflinching support for Adolf Hitler.
Adolf Hitler = German Nazi dictator who murdered millions
From page 63.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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)
Word Statistics
Book60 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1, p.20.7
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immaculate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
immaculate timing
He had immaculate teeth.
immaculate = perfect
From page 513.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaculate means:
perfect (without fault or error)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3, p.134.5
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narrator
2 uses
PROLOGUE:  a mountain range of rubble in which our narrator introduces: himself—the colors—and the book thief
narrator = someone who tells a story
From page 1.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally narrator means:
someone who tells a story—especially the main voice in a documentary, or a character who talks directly to the audience in a movie, play or other performance
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePro., p.1.5
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Nazi
35 uses
The young man was a Nazi; his father was not.
Nazi = member of Hitler's political party whose members thought they were superior to all others
From page 104  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Nazi means:
Hitler's fanatical and oppressive political party in World War II Germany

or:

a member of Hitler's fanatical and oppressive political party in World War II Germany

or more rarely:

derogatory term for a person who is fanatical in their belief of superiority and their determination to control others
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4, p.199.6
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pathetic   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
Her pathetic look saddened us.
That pathetic woman. The fact that harder times were coming was surely the best reason for keeping Rosa employed, but no, they fired her.
pathetic = pitiful (arousing pity)
From page 261.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5, p.250.8
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2  —5 uses as in:
a pathetic attempt to insult me
He got strangled and cut up more than twenty years ago! ... He's dead and it's pathetic that you sit here shivering in your own house to suffer for it.
pathetic = embarrassingly bad
From page 262.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pathetic means:
very bad — possibly so bad it is laughable (possibly mixed with some feeling of pity)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2, p.105.5
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ration
12 uses
Even when rationing started later in the year, she was known to sell certain hard-to-get items under the counter and donate the money to the Nazi Party.
rationing = restricting the amount of some things people can have due to not having as much as normal
From page 50.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1, p.50.2
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recollect
8 uses
Recollections like those merely remind me that he was not deserving of the fate that met him a little under two years later.
recollections = memories

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", 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 actions, illustrations, and observations.)
From page 242.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 5, p.242.1
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resume
11 uses
The knocking resumed.
resumed = began again
From page 343.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1, p.74.9
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