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analysis   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
analysis of relevant data
They do marketing analyses and have annual sales of around thirty million kronor.†
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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2  —2 uses as in:
psychiatrist suggested analysis
He had at first worked in the field in the Personal Protection Unit, then within the Constitutional Protection Unit as an analyst and administrator.†
analyst = psychiatrist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
psychiatric treatment — (using any of many theories of the human mind that use talk therapy to understand the unconscious mind)
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the criminal
This morning they had not expected to locate and apprehend him.†
apprehend = arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
They copied their bronze breastplates and armour from the Greeks.
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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defame
2 uses
It is forbidden to defame or slander another person.
defame = to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
I can write whatever I want—and I also have an entire magazine at my disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
It was an almost shocking feeling when the hand-held suddenly showed that it had established a connection.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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2  —7 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
That will have to be established by the investigation.†
established = determined or proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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evaluate
17 uses
After the tumult of Zalachenko's murder and Gullberg's attempted suicide, Jonasson had done an evaluation of Salander's condition.†
evaluation = the process of thinking carefully and making a judgment about something

(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 evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Hitler
1 use
The software scanned every report and reacted to 310 keywords—nigger, for example, or skinhead, swastika, immigrant, anarchist, Hitler salute, Nazi, National Democrat, traitor, Jew-lover, or nigger-lover.
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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inhibit
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
inhibited the growth of...
Blomkvist trusted Berger implicitly and was never for a second inhibited by the fact that she was going to be working for a rival paper.†
inhibited = limited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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irascible
1 use
Blomkvist was not ordinarily impressed by celebrity, but Magnusson had such a distinctive appearance and was so familiar from his roles, in particular for playing the irascible but honest Inspector Frisk in a wildly popular TV series.
irascible = easily angered
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minute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
Gullberg knew the most minute character traits, the strengths and weaknesses, of all his colleagues, but he had only a vague notion of their family lives.†
minute = minor
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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2  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
She got the board to approve two decisions and enter them in the minutes.†
minutes = formal notes (from a meeting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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privation
1 use
These tales speak of women who were trained in the art of war from childhood—in the use of weapons, and how to cope with physical privation.
privation = lack of basic things needed to live in a satisfactory manner
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quibble
1 use
Don't quibble.
quibble = argue about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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remonstrate
1 use
Payment to an Idris Ghidi went into the budget under fees to sources who could not be named, which meant that the accountant would remonstrate about the lack of an invoice or receipt and insist that the matter have the board's approval.
remonstrate = argue, complain, or criticize
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
So why did you resign from the police force?
resign = quit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It was evident to everyone that he was resigned to his fate.
resigned = had accepted something undesirable as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
If the murder investigation yields no results, they can very cautiously return after a few weeks.†
yields = produces or gives
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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