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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
For example, the author of the book of Hebrews urges believers to "approach the throne of grace with confidence," and says that after Jesus had completed his work on earth, he "sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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2  —4 uses as in:
use the best approach
One year, this gentleman decided he could sell more of his delicious beverage using what you might call the Hooters approach to marketing.†
approach = technique (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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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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congregation
1 use
Some were in our congregation and some from other churches, but they had all come together to pray for our son.
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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context
2 uses
Instead, each time I walked into Colton's room, I saw my little boy slipping deeper into the grip of whatever mysterious monster held him. Not only was he not getting better; he was getting worse faster. ... I had seen this look many times, but in a context where you might expect it, in a patient suffering from terminal cancer or in the final phases of old age.
context = situation
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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diagnose
9 uses
Without a diagnosis, they couldn't treat our son.
diagnosis = determination of the nature of a problem or an illness
DefinitionGenerally diagnose means:
determine or identify the nature of a problem or an illness
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Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 12 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
But Colton's recent revelation that my raging prayers had ascended directly to heaven—and had received an equally direct response—made me feel like I had some additional confessing to do.†
direct = without delay, or without going somewhere else first
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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2  —5 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
It was the same likeness I'd seen before, but this time with Jesus looking directly "into the camera," so to speak.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
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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Book5 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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3  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
But they will answer direct questions, usually with direct answers.†
direct = straightforward (specific and clear)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the movie
I peeked into the sanctuary and caught the funeral director's eye.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book2 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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earnest
5 uses
"Daddy?" Colton looked at me earnestly.
"What?"
He gazed at me and didn't move his eyes from mine. "Daddy, you know I almost died."
earnestly = seriously
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePro.
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exonerate
1 use
When I get to heaven, you are exonerated.
exonerated = freed from blame
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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gospel
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
gospel of the Bible
The story is told in the gospel of John:
gospel = one of the four books in the New Testament that Christian's believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings (in this case, with a connotation of being uncomfortable and worried by the confusion)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of gospel means:
the religious teachings of Jesus

or:

one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christian's believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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guile
2 uses
What is childlike humility? It's not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness), and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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heresy
1 use
As he was being accused of heresy before a Jewish court, they saw that "his face became as bright as an angel's."
heresy = opinions or actions most people consider immoral (in this case, accused of making false claims about God)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
For one thing, a pastor's wife has to put up with being used as a sermon illustration a lot.†
illustration = example (to help clarify or demonstrate)

(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 illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17
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2  —2 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
Or a kid with a brand-new box of crayons illustrating his science lesson: ROY G BIV.†
illustrating = drawing pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
Some interpret that as a literal exchange, as in, two days equals two thousand years.†
interpret = understand (something in a particular way)
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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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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passage
2 uses
And I remembered a passage from Daniel in which an angel visits Daniel in answer to prayer, but says he was delayed for twenty-one days because he was engaged in a battle with the King of Persia.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 26
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perseverance
1 use
. . . let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
perseverance = continued effort to achieve something despite difficulties
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
From a kid's perspective, maybe the best thing that happened in 2005 was the release of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 25
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