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adapt
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
I wear a black shirt and blue jeans and try to convince myself that it feels normal, that I feel normal, that I am adapting.†
adapting = changing to fit a different situation
From page 158.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18, p.158.9
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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
That he would trade them without even thinking of alternatives—without feeling like he needed to bother to save them.†
alternatives = possibilities
From page 378.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 37, p.378.7
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aptitude
6 uses
My throat tightens as I remember following her into the aptitude test room, my eyes on her hawk tattoo.†
aptitude = natural ability
From page 92.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.25.2
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beckon
7 uses
Christina beckons to me.
beckons = calls (to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod)
From page 58.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23, p.249
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bequeath
1 use
I guess I always knew there was something wrong with me, but I thought it was because of my father, or my mother, and the pain they bequeathed to me like a family heirloom, handed down from generation to generation.
bequeathed = passed down
From page 176.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18, p.176.5
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candid
24 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
your candid opinion
I was given a yellow Amity shirt and black Candor pants earlier as a result of that particular edict.†
candor = honesty and directness
From page 15.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Book24 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3, p.15.7
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component
5 uses
However, we were surprised to discover that the behavioral modification component of our city's experiment was quite effective—up until recently, it actually helped quite a bit with the behavioral problems that made the genetic manipulation so problematic to begin with.
component = part
From page 127.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17, p.149.7
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast between the friendly greeting and the weapons propped against their shoulders is almost humorous.†
contrast = notable difference
From page 114.5  Typical Usage
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 14, p.114.5
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daunt
99 uses
At the time I believed that Marcus was working under Dauntless-factionless orders.†
dauntless = never discouraged or intimidated

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in dauntless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
From page 12.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
Word Statistics
Book99 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.12.3
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Armed with all the scientific knowledge at our government's disposal, our predecessors designed experiments to restore humanity to its genetically pure state.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
From page 124.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15, p.124.5
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diverge
64 uses
But he couldn't hide his own Divergence, and that killed him.†
divergence = to move apart; or be or become different
From page 86.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book64 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.86.7
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evaluate
3 uses
The girl tests the situation in her mind, evaluating whether she wants to fight me or not.†
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgment about
From page 48.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.48.4
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faction
208 uses
At the time we had no idea what it would say, or that it would shatter the foundation we stand on, the factions, our identities.†
factions = sub-groups
From page 1.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally faction means:
a sub-group with some interests not shared by the entire group
Word Statistics
Book208 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.1.7
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gene
155 uses
A sign on the first fence reads BUREAU OF GENETIC WELFARE.†
genetic = related to single segments of DNA which when combined determine inherited traits
From page 111.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally gene means:
a single segment of DNA which when combined determine inherited traits such as hair color or height
Word Statistics
Book155 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.111.8
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Amar presses his palms together and twists them back and forth, to illustrate.†
illustrate = help make clear
From page 358.8  Typical Usage
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 34, p.358.8
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imply
2 uses
Was that not implied?†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
From page 64.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8, p.64.2
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omit
1 use
And in many cases, that meant oversimplifying, omitting, and even outright falsehood.†
omitting = to exclude or neglect something
From page 120.3  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15, p.120.3
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phenomenon
2 uses
"I think it's a new phenomenon," I say.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
From page 79.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5, p.25.7
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revolution
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
the computer revolution
I wonder when she got it—I wonder what put that dangerous look in her eyes, what put such drama in her speech, what made her become a revolutionary.†
revolutionary = related to or causing dramatic change; of a supporter of the change

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ary" means related to. This is the same pattern you see in words like honorary, cautionary, and momentary.)
From page 243.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of revolution means:
dramatic change — sometimes violent overthrow of a government
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34, p.354.8
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simulate
42 uses
Somewhere up there is the chair I sat in while I was running the attack simulation, and a smear of Tris's father's blood on the wall.†
simulation = something that is not real, but is made to imitate or behave like something that is

(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.)
From page 70  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
Word Statistics
Book42 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.21.5
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