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accompany
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
Two men accompanied Cole on this final leg of his journey.
accompanied = traveled with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
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acknowledge
3 uses
As the Circle sat down, the Keeper drew in a deep slow breath, looking around to acknowledge each person.
acknowledge = express recognition of
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
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Book3 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
If the bear did not turn and run, that left only one alternative.
alternative = something available as another possibility
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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banish
14 uses
You do know that banishment is much harder than any jail cell, don't you?
banishment = being forced to leave a community and not return (in this case, for a period of time)
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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Book14 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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consequence
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Life is made up of consequences, and you've sure made some bad choices.
consequences = results from actions (in this case, of decisions and actions)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book7 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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contract
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
legal contract
He broke his contract with the Circle, and he violated our trust.
contract = formal agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
It still bugged Cole that Edwin and Garvey wouldn't help with anything. He made up three hamburgers but deliberately put only one in the pan to cook.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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2  —10 uses as in:
a deliberate thinker
He picked his footing deliberately along the slippery bottom, working his way upstream.
deliberately = with great care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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demonstrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
Can I ask Cole to help me with a demonstration?
demonstration = display (of a principle)

(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 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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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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evaluate
1 use
Then this same Circle could reevaluate him and decide whether he has walked his talk, and whether a sentence is still necessary.
reevaluate = think carefully and make a judgment about something again

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in reevaluate means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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mock
4 uses
"Why did you bring me out so far?" he asked mockingly. "Were you afraid I'd escape?"
mockingly = in a manner intended to make fun of her
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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Book4 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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parole
6 uses
...we feel he should be released to parole and to the supervision of one of his parents.
parole = early release from prison (as long as he complies with special conditions)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of parole means:
conditional early release from imprisonment in which a person is required to comply with special conditions
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
We'll be staying until we're positive that he's safe.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Even jail can be positive if you go in with a good heart.
positive = good or beneficial
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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reflection   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
my reflection in the mirror
Reflections of blue and gray swirled on the water as a fresh breeze ruffled the spruce boughs and sent ripples along the shoreline.
reflections = images (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
lit by the reflection
A scrap of roofing tin propped up near the fire acted as a stove and baked the biscuits with its hot reflection.
reflection = energy bounced off of a surface

(editor's note:  Usually, we think of light reflecting off of a surface, but in this case, the reflection is heat.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
light seen after it bounces off a surface to another; or the process of bouncing light, sound, or other energy off of a surface
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
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stoke
7 uses
Carefully he stoked the fire once more and sat down to wait for both the flames and his feelings to come alive.
stoked = added fuel or stirred
DefinitionGenerally stoke means:
to add fuel or stir a fire to make it burn hotter; or to make feelings stronger
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
found a trace of
The Spirit Bear never once slowed or looked back. Cole fought back his tears until the last trace of white faded into the thick underbrush,
trace = sight (indication)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —2 uses as in:
trace a picture or outline
He picked up a small stick and traced in the dirt.
traced = drew
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern
This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
copying the outline of an image
  • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
  • "She projected the image onto the wall, hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil
draw an outline or a specific pattern
  • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
  • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the road is steep and treacherous
Walking over the frosty rocks along the streambed became too treacherous.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
dangerous — often in a non-obvious way
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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