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agitate
1 use
They kept at it for a while, Peewee agitating until I felt that for him it was just some kind of sport. Find somebody big and mean-looking to mess with and then push your luck.
agitating = stirring up (in this case, emotionally)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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anguish
2 uses
There were tears in his eyes, but his mouth was twisted in hate and anguish and confusion.
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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contingent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the Canadian contingent
They left a small headquarters contingent behind as they moved out.
contingent = a sub-group united by something in common
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contingent means:
a sub-group united by something in common
in various senses, including:
  • a squad of soldiers sent to do a job
  • members of an association at a convention of many associations
  • all the women at a meeting with women and men
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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dominate
1 use
She looked like a little doll with dark black eyes that dominated a round, brown face.
dominated = were most conspicuous (on)
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
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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hallowed
2 uses
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name ... I thought the words.
hallowed = widely respected and revered
DefinitionGenerally hallowed means:
of something declared or believed to be holy

or:

widely respected and revered over time
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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harass
2 uses
The harassment of the hamlets and villages is part of the whole movement.
harassment = persistently annoy

or:

repeatedly attack to weaken or hinder
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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hippie
5 uses
"Yeah, but you said he was a white hippie before," Peewee said.
hippie = member of the counterculture that first became prevalent in the early 1960's in San Francisco — associated with long hair, illegal drugs, casual sex, and opposition to violence.
DefinitionGenerally hippie means:
member of the counterculture that first became prevalent in the early 1960's in San Francisco — associated with long hair, illegal drugs, casual sex, and opposition to violence.
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I felt around me to see if I was on an incline,
incline = to be at an angle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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malaria
7 uses
A medic was handing out malaria pills.
malaria = a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes that, while nonexistent in wealthy nations, strikes hundreds of millions of people a year in developing nations — killing over a million each year

more technically:  an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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pacify
13 uses
These were the people we had come to save, to pacify.
pacify = calm someone who is angry; or establish peace
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Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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perimeter
9 uses
The perimeter of the camp was marked by intricate patterns of barbed wire barriers.
perimeter = the outer edge
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge
The exact meaning of perimeter can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Stay inside the defensive perimeter." — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • "It is common on the city's perimeter." — the outer edges of the city
  • "What is the perimeter of the square?" — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape
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Book9 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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probe
2 uses
The Congs we were after had been probing along our defenses, looking for soft spots.
probing = investigating or exploring
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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protrude
2 uses
There was a shard of metal protruding from Jenkins' chest.
protruding = sticking out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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ration
5 uses
Peewee looked out over the trucks, which were mostly packed with crates of rations and supplies.
rations = fixed portions of food given as a share
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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revere
1 use
The conversation was quiet, almost reverent.
reverent = with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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salve
9 uses
Brew was putting salve on his feet.
salve = a cream or liquid that is put onto skin to make it feel better or heal
DefinitionGenerally salve means:
a cream or liquid put onto skin to make it feel better or heal

or:

anything that eases pain or anxiety; or the act of doing such
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen sky
A slight wind picked up and made the trees that grew in sullen clusters along the ridge sway menacingly.
sullen = dark (gloomy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
darkened by clouds; or the color of a gloomy sky
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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suppress
1 use
The first fire came from the flank. Two squads of ARVNs moved out to suppress it.
suppress = try to keep it under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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theology
2 uses
They said I can probably get into the theology school there
theology = the study of religion
DefinitionGenerally theology means:
the study of religion; or a particular system or school of religious beliefs
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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wither
1 use
Small, withered women, skin creased over onto itself; dark, life-weary eyes that had seen everything.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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