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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Kate decided on the direct approach.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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arrogant
5 uses
She had such a nicely arrogant, long-legged stride.†
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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byline
2 uses
I immediately called the reporter at the paper whose byline appeared on the diary stories.
byline = printed line giving the name of the writer of an article
DefinitionGenerally this sense of byline means:
a line giving the name of the writer of an article — typically at the top of the article
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cadaver
1 use
Physically, he would be considered a hunk at the university or even as a cadaver in an autopsy room, which was preferable to her.
cadaver = dead human body
DefinitionGenerally cadaver means:
the dead body of a human being — especially one used for medical study
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condescending
2 uses
His horn-rimmed glasses helped make him seem officious and condescending.
condescending = treating others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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convention
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
conventional behavior
She reversed the conventional assumptions, and broke down each to its component parts.†
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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1st useChapter 1
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
I picked you from thousands and thousands of women at my disposal, so to speak.†
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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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
Duke coeds were being asked to sign in and out of dorms, he elaborated.†
elaborated = added details or explained in detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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enable
2 uses
In its negative form, it was based on codependency or enabling behavior.†
enabling = making possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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evaluate
1 use
Casanova thought about Alex Cross again, evaluating the detective's strengths and weaknesses.†
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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haughty
5 uses
Coty was unbearably haughty and untouchable.†
haughty = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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hypnotize
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hypnotized to try to remember
I felt that I should bring her out of the hypnosis.†
hypnosis = a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypnotize means:
to put someone into a state of hypnosis (a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility)

(Heightened suggestibility means that the hypnotized person is more inclined to accept and act on suggestions of the hypnotist.)
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
It was so ironic that these lovely California foxes were teasing and provoking him of all people.
ironic = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 3
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jurisdiction
5 uses
A multijurisdictional nightmare.†
multijurisdictional = subject to multiple authorities
DefinitionGenerally jurisdiction means:
the authority to make decisions or apply the law; or the territory subject to such authority
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1st useChapter 1
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Nairobi
1 use
We'd get the same reception, same cold stares, at Nairobi Police Headquarters.
Nairobi = the capital and largest city of Kenya; a center for tourist safaris
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phenomenon
1 use
"As you could imagine, I've read a little about the phenomenon," Kate said and smiled.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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probe
4 uses
He was probing inside her as she was dying from the barbiturate.†
probing = investigating
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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relentless
6 uses
He relentlessly searched out a great beauty—and then he took her!†
relentlessly = in an extreme manner that does not stop
DefinitionGenerally relentless means:
to continue without stopping in an extreme manner — often of something that is harsh or oppressive
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relevant
1 use
A relevant psychological condition had occurred to me.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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subsequent
1 use
Detective Davey Sikes had met and questioned Rudolph during the subsequent police investigation.†
subsequent = following something else
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