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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
They hadn't counted on the highly controlled jabberjay having the brains to adapt to the wild, to pass on its genetic code, to thrive in a new form.
adapt = change to fit a different situation
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
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1st useChapter 7
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alliance
9 uses
"The others kept Peeta alive because if he died, we knew there'd be no keeping you in an alliance," says Haymitch.
alliance = a group of people working for common goals
DefinitionGenerally alliance means:
an association formed to support common interests
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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alternative
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
an alternative plan
I don't have a talent, unless you count hunting illegally, which they don't. Or maybe singing, which I wouldn't do for the Capitol in a million years. My mother tried to interest me in a variety of suitable alternatives from a list Effie Trinket sent her. Cooking, flower arranging, playing the flute.
alternatives = other possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
appropriate from their culture
As the Peacekeepers fell, weapons were appropriated for the rebels.
appropriated = taken
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to take without asking — often without right
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
Because I outsmarted his sadistic Hunger Games, made the Capitol look foolish, and consequently undermined his control.
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book1 use
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
I may have set something of great consequence in motion.
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
the rest of us have to defer to his knowledge
defer = submit or yield
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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 25
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demonstrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It demonstrates my point.
Then she demonstrated a wicked ability to murder.†
demonstrated = showed or exhibited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 26 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
Calculating if he should block first or go directly for an attack.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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2  —10 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Although my instinct is to run directly away from it, I realize Finnick is moving at a diagonal down the hill.
directly = straight (in a straight line)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book10 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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3  —5 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
"If you're perfectly honest about it, you think President Snow has probably given them direct orders to make sure we die in the arena anyway," I say.
direct = clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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4  —6 uses as in:
directed her question to
When they asked about my friends, everyone directed them to Gale.
directed = pointed (told them to focus on)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book6 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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5  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
We stand at the top of the stairs, giving Haymitch a fifteen-step lead as Effie directed.
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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6  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
We need someone to direct us and reassure us this is possible.
direct = supervise (be in charge of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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entwined
3 uses
It's good to feel his fingers entwined with mine again, not for show but in actual friendship.
entwined = twisted together
DefinitionGenerally entwined means:
interconnected (not easily separated) or twisted together
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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imply
2 uses
I don't add, "And you can't come because you're too loud." But it's implied. He would both scare off prey and endanger me with his heavy tread.
implied = said indirectly
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 20
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inconsistent
2 uses
...it's still not enough with the inconsistent availability and the ever-increasing price of food.
inconsistent = not reliable (not the same at different times) (in this case, sometimes food is available and sometimes it isn't)
DefinitionGenerally inconsistent means:
not the same in different parts or at different times

or:

not in agreement [with something else]
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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mentor
20 uses
As my mentor in the Games it was his duty to keep me alive.
mentor = someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced
DefinitionGenerally mentor means:
someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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passage
1 use
They could remember and repeat long passages of human speech, so they were sent into rebel areas to capture our words and return them to the Capitol.
passages = parts of what was said (such as paragraphs from a stories)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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tribute
98 uses
1  —98 uses as in:
demanded they pay tribute
But he did his job—more than his job—because for the first time in history, two tributes were allowed to win.
tributes = things given by a people to buy protection from another government

Editor's notes:  

In this book, tributes refers to the teenagers forced to play in the Hunger Games. Outside of this novel, tribute typically has other meanings.

The general meaning upon which this book's usage is based refers to payment by one nation for protection by another; or payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence. In the book, tributes are sent from districts that lost a rebellion many decades ago. One boy and one girl from each of those districts is forced to play in the Hunger Games.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tribute means:
payment by one nation for protection by another;
or: payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
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Book98 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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