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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
You must adapt.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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alliance
41 uses
I promised to join hands with my friends, with Kartik, and with the tribes of the realms to make an alliance, with a share of magic for all.†
alliance = association formed to support common interests
DefinitionGenerally alliance means:
an association formed to support common interests
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Book41 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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appalling
10 uses
What appalling little beasts.†
appalling = shockingly terrible or horrible
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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beckon
7 uses
April is nearly upon us; May beckons.
beckons = calls
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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centaur
29 uses
Several magnificent centaurs step out from behind the lush ferns.†
centaurs = mythical beings that are half man and half horse
DefinitionGenerally centaur means:
a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book29 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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chide
14 uses
"Really, you are brooding, Gemma, and have been all afternoon," Felicity chides as we walk the well-worn path to the chapel for evening prayers.†
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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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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clamor
8 uses
A dreadful chorus of high-pitched shrieks and moans and low, angry growls of suddenly wakened beasts rises in the forest, clamors in our ears.†
clamors = loud noise and/or persistent demands — especially from human voice
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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conjure
11 uses
I cannot conjure her memory.†
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book11 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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debut
32 uses
Come May, when Felicity and I make our debuts, Ann will go to work for them as governess to their two children.†
debuts = a first presentation
DefinitionGenerally debut means:
a first presentation
in various senses, including:
  • the first performance of a new play
  • the introduction of a new product
  • the introduction of a young woman to society at a social event held in her honor (a debutante ball)
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Book32 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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deceive
10 uses
For there is nothing worse than a deceiver who would betray her friends.†
deceiver = someone who lies or misleads
DefinitionGenerally deceive means:
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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deviate
2 uses
The plans are to be followed exactly, without deviation.
deviation = change or difference

(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 deviate means:
differ or change
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
It is true they have fought always. But they may still be joined in a common cause. Discord need not be an impediment. Differences can bring strength.
discord = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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disdain
4 uses
He looks at it with disdain, and I rummage in my purse to find two more.†
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
With an evil spirit at her disposal, Circe murdered my mother and set my life on a different course.†
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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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duplicity
1 use
Felicity offers me a naughty smile for my duplicity but there is something so very straightforward about Lily Trimble, I find it impossible to lie to her.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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grave
4 uses
Mr. Miller makes the grave error of smiling at Mrs. Nightwing in a charming way.†
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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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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hideous
25 uses
I am hideously jealous.†
hideously = in an extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening manner
DefinitionGenerally hideous means:
extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book25 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
Opposite that page is one of the illustrations that grace the book.†
illustrations = drawings or photographs

(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.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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mortal
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
mortal body
Sometimes the mortals chose to follow us into this world, to become our playthings.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
"She must have been a pious and kind soul," the woman says sympathetically.
pious = highly religious and moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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