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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
moved to accommodate her
"I think they'd be quite happy to accommodate you," Mr. Tall said drily.
accommodate = help
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 33
agony
3 uses
Everybody in the game knew the difference between a yell of pain and a scream of real agony.
agony = intense feelings of suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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assets
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it's one of her best assets
I'd be an asset.
asset = something of value
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assets means:
a positive trait or thing of value
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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aura
3 uses
I have searched for his aura many times.
aura = paranormal:  a radiant light surrounding a person that is said to be seen by those sensitive to another's life force
DefinitionGenerally aura means:
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

or:

paranormal:  a radiant light surrounding a person that is said to be seen by those sensitive to another's life force; or drawn around the head of a saint
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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coincidence
1 use
It was probably just a coincidence.
coincidence = a situation where things happened at the same time by chance even though it was unlikely
DefinitionGenerally coincidence means:
a situation where two things happened at the same time or in the same way by chance even though it was unlikely

(for example, if two students in the same class met by accident while visiting another country)
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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collide
1 use
The collision sent both of us flying to the ground.
collision = crash together with violent impact

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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compensate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she compensates with extra effort
"You are stuck with me. If it is any compensation," he added, "I am none too fond of you, either."
compensation = something that makes up for something else

(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 compensate means:
make up for; or adjust for
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
they intend to dispose of him
dispose = settle something so it no longer requires attention (in this case, to get rid of the body)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 33
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dominate
1 use
I had a great time for a while, dominating play, rushing back to defend, picking players out with pinpoint passes.
dominating = controlling
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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epidemic
1 use
No strange diseases, no food epidemics, no collapsing buildings.
epidemics = a widespread outbreak of a disease (in this case, affecting the food supply—such as diseases spread amongst crops or livestock)
DefinitionGenerally epidemic means:
a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person (or other organism) to another

or more rarely:  anything that spreads quickly — especially something bad
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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essence
2 uses
When we drink small amounts of blood, we do not take any of a person's essence.
essence = most important part (that is needed to be who they are)
DefinitionGenerally essence means:
the defining or most important quality of something

or:

a extract that concentrates important qualities of something such as smell or taste
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
"Hands off!!" it warned at the end, which was pretty ironic given what had happened a minute or so earlier [when R.V. lost his hands]
ironic = an entertaining coincidence when what happens is not 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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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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pathology
2 uses
Darren, this is Jimmy Ovo, an old friend and the world's finest pathologist.
pathologist = a doctor who specializes in the study of disease by studying cells and tissues under a microscope
DefinitionGenerally pathology means:
the study of disease by studying cells and tissues under a microscope; or a disease
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
...didn't seem happy about the arrangement, but looked resigned.
resigned = as though he had accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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Shakespeare
5 uses
The William Shakespeare — the guy who wrote the plays?
William Shakespeare = author widely regarded as the greatest in the English language and whose works include Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Shakespeare means:
English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language and who wrote such works as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (1564-1616)
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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solemn
1 use
Living with real circus freaks, traveling the world, privy to solemn and magnificent secrets.
solemn = serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
"I came as soon as I could," the vampire said somberly, turning my head gently to the left and right, examining the damage.
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle shade of blue
"I never was very good at being subtle," he said, "so I will come right out and say it: ..."
subtle = understated so as not to draw attention to itself
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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surreal
1 use
Lords of the surreal.
surreal = fantastic imagery, or combinations of things and events that don't go together
DefinitionGenerally surreal means:
characterized by fantastic imagery, or combinations of things and events that don't go together
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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virtual
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
virtual organization
I can grow back virtually any part of my body. Except my head.
virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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