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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
Thomas jumped as a terrible crash sounded right outside their door, accompanied by screams and the splintering of wood, like some iron-jawed monster was eating the entire stairwell.
accompanied = joined at the same time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 46
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
He was approaching the sparse, skeletal trees in front of the denser woods when he was startled by a blur of movement at his feet, followed by a hurried set of clacking sounds.†
approaching = moving toward
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 9
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Trying a new approach, he grabbed Alby's arms again and started dragging him along the ground.
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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banish
14 uses
But now he was gone, Banished to the world of the Grievers, taken to wherever they took their prey, victim to whatever was done there.
banished = expelled from the community

(editor's note:  In this book, banished is capitalized and refers to a specific legal penalty, but the underlying meaning is the same.)
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 14
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contend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She contended with it
"If I'm gonna do this, I gotta do it, be the old me. I need something to dive into."
  Relief flooded Thomas. He'd grown sick of all the contention.
contention = argument (struggle)

(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 contend means:
to struggle
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 38
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
An odd, dilapidated wooden building near one of the corners of the square contrasted greatly with the gray stone.
contrasted = differed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 uses as in:
it is a contrast
Her voice was soft, a contrast from the crazed, hard sound he'd heard from her after she first arrived, when she'd delivered the message that everything was going to change.
contrast = something noticeably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
The vertical row of connecting rods, so many they seemed to reach the sky far above, slid toward their corresponding holes on the left wall, ready to seal shut until the morning.
corresponding = matching (going together)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
They made their way directly to the kitchen, where, despite Fry-pan's grumbling, they were able to get cheese sandwiches and raw vegetables.†
directly = straight (without delay or interruption)
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 20
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2  —11 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
He snatched a vine with both hands and started to climb, directly over the spot where he'd just tied up Alby.
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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Book11 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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genuine
4 uses
Newt nodded, and his smile became more genuine.
genuine = real (sincere)
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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Book4 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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grave
3 uses
He turned to Alby then, and looked at him gravely.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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innovate
1 use
Thomas helped Newt distribute the weapons, and even more innovative ones were created in their desperation to be prepared for the Grievers.
innovative = new and different

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 53
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
He was almost positive the smell would bring back some sort of pleasant memory, but nothing came.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Thomas waited, hoping that Newt or Alby would have a positive reaction to the news, maybe even have further information to shed light on the mystery.
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 35
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rebuke
4 uses
Minho actually recoiled at the harsh rebuke, but his face seemed more confused to Thomas than hurt or angry.
rebuke = severe criticism
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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suppress
9 uses
Chuck suppressed a laugh by putting his hand over his mouth.
suppressed = stopped
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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Book9 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
found a trace of
"The code?" Frypan repeated, his voice lighting up with a trace of hope.
trace = small sign or 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."
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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2  —5 uses as in:
trace a picture or outline
They got to work, tracing from original Maps to wax paper, one by one, trying to keep it clean and correct while hurrying as fast as possible.
tracing = copying
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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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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utter
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
utter stupidity
But laced through it all was the dark feeling of utter hopelessness, like the world had ended for him, had been wiped from his memory and replaced with something awful.
utter = complete or total
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
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Book6 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 27
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