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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
We just finished that ASW exercise south of Bermuda, and the Brits acquitted themselves well.†
acquitted = handled (conducted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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1st useChapter 6.
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
How difficult would it be for these men who had risked their lives to adapt to something that men like Ryan so rarely appreciated?†
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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1st useChapter 16.
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adrenaline
1 use
Dizzy from the stress and the quart of adrenalin that had been pumped into his system, he shook his head a few times, still looking at the dead man at his feet.†
Adrenalin = a trademark name for the chemical that is the "fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress
DefinitionGenerally adrenaline means:
"fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress (making the body feel excited and ready for action)
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14.
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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
He ran through the four alternatives he had considered, careful to examine each in detail.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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1st useChapter 5.
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analysis
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
psychiatrist suggested analysis
I was asked to join the CIA a few years ago as an analyst.†
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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.
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continuous
10 uses
The noise in the engine spaces rose noticeably as the systems began to put out more power, and the technicians kept track of this by continuously monitoring the banks of instruments under their hands.†
continuously = continuing in time or space without interruption or irregularity
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1st useChapter 7.
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
...the difficulty seismologists had discriminating between random noise ... and genuinely unusual signals that foretell a seismic event.
discriminating = to recognize differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.
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duplicity
2 uses
The whole affair was a masterpiece of duplicity aimed at overwhelming them, and it began to succeed.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 16.
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embassy
13 uses
It had taken five for the film to reach the American embassy in Moscow, where it was delivered at once to the station chief.†
embassy = an ambassador and staff who live in a country to represent their home country; or the building where they work
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1st useChapter 6.
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enable
10 uses
A lifetime of self-control had enabled him to conceal it, and a lifetime of naval training had enabled him to choose a purpose worthy of it.†
enabled = made 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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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4.
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establish
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
That was how he had established a good working relationship with Sir Basil Charleston.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 2.
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evaluate
17 uses
The captain studied the chart as his navigator gave the necessary orders, evaluating the tactical situation.†
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.
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grave
5 uses
This situation is at the least unsettling, and at the most a grave and wholly unwarranted provocation.†
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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1st useChapter 1.
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
When a dozen more were in place, they'd put tension on the cables to prevent the minutest shift.†
minutest = slightest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8.
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moreover
8 uses
Moreover, for Russians the island of Cuba was as exotic as Tahiti, a promised land of white sand beaches and dusky girls.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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1st useChapter 2.
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
Ryan had trained himself to be objective.
objective = to see things in a fact-based manner without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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1st useChapter 6.
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rendezvous
11 uses
A fleet replenishment vessel is already en route to rendezvous with us there.†
rendezvous = to meet at a certain time and place; or an instance of such a meeting
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1st useChapter 14.
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revise
1 use
Captain Hunter will brief you on your revised orders.†
revised = changed
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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1st useChapter 8.
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sentry
28 uses
For example, Painter requested some E-3 Sentries to support you out here.†
sentries = people standing guard
DefinitionGenerally sentry means:
someone who stands guard
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7.
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Soviet Union
95 uses
Even in the finest clinic in the Soviet Union nothing could be done.†
Soviet Union = a former communist country that fought the cold war with the United States and which consisted of Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics; established 1922 and officially dissolved 31 December 1991
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1st useChapter 1.
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