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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Amoskeag never saw it coming and was too unwieldy to 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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1st useChapter 2.
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bona fide
1 use
Contact with the enemy was negligible, except in the case of one Marine from the 3rd Platoon, a blacksmith's son and bona fide eccentric from Montana named Don Ruhl.
bona fide = true
DefinitionGenerally bona fide means:
real (genuine, true, or sincere)
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1st useChapter 8.
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clergy
1 use
The funeral directors were not merely men selling a commodity; other than clergy, they were the ones most intimately in touch with the townspeople in their times of sorrow and need.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
At Iwo, by contrast, the defenders knew exactly where the invaders would arrive.†
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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1st useChapter 6.
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
millions of returning servicemen plunged into the dreams they had deferred
deferred = postponed (put off until the future)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 17.
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I must defer to my father. He was there.
defer = submit or yield to another's opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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1st useChapter 20.
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
And so, its high command, facilities, colors, and shoulder insignia squared away, Camp Pendleton began molding the assault force that would descend upon that ugly, as-yet-nameless scab.
descend = attack
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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1st useChapter 5.
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epiphany
1 use
Phil Ward, leaping out of the amtrac that also contained my father, had a similar epiphany: "We'd had live ammo training in Hawaii, so I was used to the sound of bullets, but suddenly I realized why this was different."
epiphany = sudden realization
DefinitionGenerally epiphany means:
a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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1st useChapter 7.
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establish
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The AP in New York had established a "Joe Rosenthal desk" to handle the flood of inquiries about the photo.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 7.
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlight the main findings
Nearly all aerial photographs featured Mount Suribachi; maps highlighted it, and news reports emphasized the enemy fire raining down from it.†
highlighted = emphasized (called attention to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
emphasize (call attention to something)
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1st useChapter 12.
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immodest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immodest as it sounds
Cabbage basked in his son's fame, but Kathryn—closer to her son in temperament—worried about appearing immodest.†
immodest = vain or conceited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immodest means:
vain or conceited (an exaggerated opinion of self-confidence or importance)
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1st useChapter 15.
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Twenty-five, including an interpreter and a Navy surgeon, stepped forward.
interpreter = someone who translates language
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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1st useChapter 3.
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2  —3 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
It was this interpretation of Bushido that motivated the Japanese soldiers to fight to the death in a manner the Marines judged fanatical.
interpretation = understanding (of something in a particular way)

(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 interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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1st useChapter 3.
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irascible
1 use
He was irascible, often profane, and constantly ruffled the smooth feathers of the hidebound Navy, but like Patton, he was a winner.
irascible = easily angered
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
This was Easy Company—a stinging irony, given its fate.
irony = when things are together that seem like they don't belong together (in this case Easy Company did not have an easy time)
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 7.
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Netherlands
1 use
In six years of combat France lost 108,000 civilians; Belgium 101,000; the Netherlands 242,000.
Netherlands = a European country (sometimes called Holland) and that literally means "lower countries"
DefinitionGenerally Netherlands means:
A European country (sometimes called Holland) which together with two autonomous regions in the Caribbean make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands. People of The Netherlands are called Dutch and their language is called Dutch. Netherlands literally means "lower countries". Much of the country is reclaimed land that is below sea level. The country is also known for canals, tulip fields, windmills, and bicycling.
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1st useChapter 3.
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pathos
2 uses
They put up bail money, installed him in an alcoholics' sanitarium, and proceeded to wring all the pathos from the story they could: This newspaper does not believe that Ira Hayes should spend a night in jail.
pathos = a quality that arouses pity or sorrow
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1st useChapter 7.
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rectify
1 use
In the 1890's, agents of the U.S. Geological Survey arrived with plans to rectify the situation.
rectify = fix or correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
He somberly predicted large casualties, a hard fight.
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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1st useChapter 6.
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valor
28 uses
The flagraising on Iwo Jima became a symbol of the island, the mountain, the battle; of World War II; of the highest ideals of the nation, of valor incarnate.†
valor = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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1st useChapter 9.
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