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approach
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
approached the city
As they approach, more troops emerge from the bush around the plain.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book4 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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bewilder
2 uses
I glance from face to face, utterly bewildered.†
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.17
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chide
1 use
"You were late," Mrs. Tafa chides.†
chides = scolds or criticizes
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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commotion
4 uses
Inside, there's a commotion in the kids' room.†
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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desecrate
1 use
A handful of village elders wander the grounds in shock, grieving the desecration by the rebels.†
desecration = the act of violating the sacred nature of 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 desecrate means:
violate the sacred nature of something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.28
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distend
1 use
Iris is on her knees, gently rubbing the club foot, touching the distended arch and webbed toes as if they were the most wondrous things in the world.†
distended = extended or swollen
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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earnest
1 use
His voice goes dead earnest.†
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.16
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grave
1 use
Iris nods gravely.†
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.44
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heed
1 use
Take heed while you can.†
heed = pay close attention to; or do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
However, the highway is hereby closed to motor vehicles.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book1 use
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.19
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insight
2 uses
I am forever grateful for their generosity of time, guidance, and insight.†
insight = a clear understanding of some aspect of a complex situation; or a tendency to have such understandings
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useA.N.
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meander
1 use
Our jeep meanders through an open-air farmer's market, avoiding bicycles, stray chickens, and potholes deep enough to drown a goat.†
meanders = moves slowly in a winding or indefinite direction
DefinitionGenerally meander means:
to move slowly in a winding or indefinite direction — (often said of a river, or path, or conversation)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.40
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non-governmental organization
1 use
I am also indebted to the wide range of materials available from Human Rights Watch, Save the Children, CARE, Defence for Children International, the Children's Institute, médecins sans frontiers, Amnesty International, War Child, and other NGOs.
NGOs = non-governmental organizations (private, non-profit organizations working for member goals at the international level)
DefinitionGenerally non-governmental organization means:
private, non-profit organizations working for member goals at the international level — possibly through direct action, but especially by lobbying government officials
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useA.N.
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pact
3 uses
Turning the page, I see the headline "National pact with Ngala."†
pact = an agreement between parties
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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perimeter
1 use
Now it's commandeered for a tented barracks; soldiers with machine guns patrol the perimeter.†
perimeter = the outer edge
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge
The exact meaning of perimeter can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Stay inside the defensive perimeter." — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • "It is common on the city's perimeter." — the outer edges of the city
  • "What is the perimeter of the square?" — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.40
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pneumonia
3 uses
At the beginning of the year, I babysat the kindergarten class for Mrs. Ndori, who was out with pneumonia.†
pneumonia = a lung disease
DefinitionGenerally pneumonia means:
respiratory disease characterized by inflammation and accumulation of fluid in the lungs; caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses or bacteria) or by inhalation of certain irritants
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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recollect
1 use
Not that I recollect.†
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.14
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rehabilitate
2 uses
For insight into the psychology of child soldiers, I am particularly grateful to the late Michael Oruni, director of World Vision's Children of War Rehabilitation Centre in Gulu, northern Uganda, and my conversation with former members of the Lord's Resistance Army rehabilitated at the Centre; Dr. Philip Lancaster, United Nations Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire's executive assistant during the Rwandan genocide; Tariq Bhanjee of UNICEF; Justin Daniel Peffer of Plan International;...†
rehabilitation = to restore someone to a state of good condition

(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 rehabilitate means:
to restore someone (or more rarely, something) to a state of good condition — such as recovery from addiction, illness, prison, or poor reputation
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useA.N.
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sober
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
They're not drunk yet, but they're not sober either.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.17
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solemn
1 use
"I remember the hoof," Soly says solemnly.†
solemnly = with seriousness and dignity
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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