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A Prayer for Owen Meany

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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = method (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.316.6
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bolster
1 use
She visited the troops to bolster morale.
bolster = support and strengthen
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bolster means:
support or strengthen
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.66.2
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bona fide
2 uses
Members pledge not to willfully disclose magic secrets to anyone who is not a bona fide student of magic.
bona fide = genuine
DefinitionGenerally bona fide means:
real (genuine, true, or sincere)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.14.1
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.626.7
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cadaver
2 uses
A cadaver is assigned to each medical student.
cadaver = dead human body
DefinitionGenerally cadaver means:
the dead body of a human being — especially one used for medical study
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.159.7
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.195.8
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contrast
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.260.5
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dispute
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8, p.430.6
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eclectic
1 use
The home is furnished with a tasteful and eclectic collection of furniture.
eclectic = a distinctive mix of styles
DefinitionGenerally eclectic means:
a distinctive mix of styles or ideas selected from various sources

or:  

one who selects a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.214.4
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flaunt
1 use
She is more wealthy than her neighbors, but she never flaunts it.
flaunts = shows it off
DefinitionGenerally flaunt means:
the act of showing off (displaying something in an obvious way for others to admire or envy)

or:

openly defiant of rules or expectations
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.571.9
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illicit
1 use
Too many people die from unregulated, illicit drugs.
illicit = illegal
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.141.5
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immodest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immodest dress
She was sent home from school for dressing too immodestly.
immodestly = in a sexually suggestive manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immodest means:
considered improper — especially too sexually suggestive which is typically said of clothing
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.591.2
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indulge
14 uses
She indulges her children more than is good for them.
indulges = allows them to get their way (gives into their desire)
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.61.7
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manifest
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Domestic violence doesn't always manifest as physical abuse.
manifest = show (make itself known)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.210.5
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passage
3 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.5.3
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poignant
1 use
It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
poignant = arousing sadness
DefinitionGenerally poignant means:
sharp or intense — typically arousing deep emotion such as sadness, but possibly having or creating a sharp smell, taste, or insight
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3, p.99.6
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remedial
1 use
I'm struggling a bit, but hope to catch up with a remedial math course this summer.
remedial = intended to fix a deficiency in
DefinitionGenerally remedial means:
intended to remedy (fix) — especially a deficiency in education or health
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.309.9
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revise
10 uses
How can you revise that paragraph to improve the expression of ideas?
revise = improve (change)
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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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4, p.169.2
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warrant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
serious enough to warrant surgery
The company's reputation for high-quality products is no longer warranted.
warranted = justified (reasonable)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of warrant means:
to justify (make an action reasonable or necessary)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2, p.58.9
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wrest
1 use
The radical wing of the party is trying to wrest control from the moderates.
wrest = take (with effort)
DefinitionGenerally wrest means:
obtain with difficult effort or force
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5, p.220.4
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