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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
We tried to approach it, but it disappeared whenever we got close.†
approach = get near
From page 212.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.212.8
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austere
1 use
In these austere times, people are looking for a simple, low-key affair, with locally produced organic snacks and—†
austere = a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration; or stern in manner
From page 125.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.125.1
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bronze
59 uses
1  —59 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Percy wore pajama pants and a bronze breastplate, which was an interesting fashion statement.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
From page 319.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book59 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.4.8
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camouflage
4 uses
She wasn't invisible, exactly, but she was almost perfectly camouflaged until she moved.
camouflaged = hid something by making it blend in with its surroundings; or hid the truth
From page 80.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally camouflage means:
the act of hiding something by making it blend in with its surroundings

or:

hiding the truth

or:

something that hides or deceives
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.80.7
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centaur
19 uses
"He's so ugly, when he was born his mama thought he was a backward centaur—with a horse butt for a face."†
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
From page 93.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24, p.292.9
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chasm
12 uses
Unfortunately, between Annabeth and that exit, the floor was bisected by a chasm fifty feet across.†
chasm = a large gap or divide
From page 429.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a very large difference — often of opinion
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36, p.429.1
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chide
6 uses
Do the math, he chided himself.†
chided = scolded or criticized
From page 79.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.79.9
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dais
4 uses
About a hundred yards away, he spotted a raised dais with two empty oversized praetor chairs.†
dais = a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to people on it
From page 505.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45, p.505.4
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dissipate
4 uses
Even that mysterious chill she'd been feeling since the ship launched had dissipated, at least for now.†
dissipated = gradually disappeared; or gradually wasted
From page 4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.4
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embedded
4 uses
The rim of her plate was embedded with rubies, and Piper was pretty sure they hadn't been there at the beginning of the meal.†
embedded = firmly within; or placed firmly within
From page 108.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally embedded means:
firmly within
in various senses, including:
  • firmly stuck into — as a thorn into a finger
  • enclosed within — as a fossil within a rock
  • implanted as a part — sometimes specifically of a reporter living with a military unit
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.108.5
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
It looked just like the illustrations Annabeth had seen in military history books—with a defensive trench lined with spikes, high walls, and watchtowers armed with scorpion ballistae.†
illustrations = drawings or photographs

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
From page 8.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.8.4
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Over the last few months, Leo had learned to interpret this machine language.†
interpret = translate
From page 54.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.54.9
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malicious
2 uses
It was so poisoned and malicious, even a son of the sea god couldn't control it.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
From page 495.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 44, p.495.4
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mortal
17 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
mortal body
Hazel seemed warm and very alive, not like the ghosts or the other reborn mortals Leo had tangled with.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
From page 65.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.65.3
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nevertheless
5 uses
Nevertheless, she accepted Jason's hand and climbed on.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
From page 122.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.122.2
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perish
4 uses
Anyone who helps Rome must perish.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
From page 220.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17, p.220.4
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prophecy
37 uses
The idea of a chicken lady issuing prophecies was apparently just as ridiculous to Romans as it was to Greeks.†
prophecies = predictions of the future
From page 30.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
Word Statistics
Book37 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.30.3
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torrent
5 uses
Percy was sucked out in a torrent of water.†
torrent = an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
From page 204.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.204.8
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wither
4 uses
What with Gaea rising, the crops are withering.†
withering = shriveling or becoming weaker; or humiliating; or intense
From page 123.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.123.7
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Zeus
21 uses
She didn't want to get into the details of Athena's children—how they were born straight from the mind of the goddess, just as Athena herself had sprung from the head of Zeus.†
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
From page 35.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.35.6
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