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adapt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
I had just taken the abuse by adapting every moment of every single day to surviving.†
adapting = changing to fit a different situation
From page 57.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.57.6
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appease
3 uses
Mother seemed to attempt to appease Grandmother but only to a limit.†
appease = satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset)
From page 123.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally appease means:
satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset) — typically by giving something wanted
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.147.7
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compassion
6 uses
Steve paused, then switched the focus off of Mother's total lack of compassion.†
compassion = sympathy for another's suffering and wanting to help
From page 72  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.72
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dismay
6 uses
On the lighter side, they were dismayed at my naivete and ignorance.†
dismayed = to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
From page 30.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.30.6
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elated
6 uses
As elated as I was, I sensed that my freedom was a hollow victory.†
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
From page 29.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.95.4
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enable
4 uses
After more than two years of being a field cook, I was reassigned to the training section of the squadron, enabling me to work a basic eight-to-five schedule.†
enabling = making possible
From page 127.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.127.7
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Over the last few months since Russell's letter, Grandmother and I had established a fragile truce.†
established = created
From page 134.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.134.4
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eulogy
3 uses
As I bowed my head, I realized: That was my father's entire eulogy.†
eulogy = formal expression of praise — typically speeches delivered at someone's funeral
From page 107.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally eulogy means:
a formal expression of praise — typically a speech given at someone's funeral
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.107.5
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evaluate
3 uses
If you continue on your present course, I will have no alternative but to have you undergo psychiatric evaluation for possible medical discharge.†
evaluation = the process of thinking carefully and making a judgment about something

(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 47.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3, p.47.1
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factor
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It was the deciding factor.
"Your mom," I retorted, as if she were a factor.†
factor = thing that affects a result or outcome
From page 234.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of factor means:
something that affects a result or outcome
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11, p.234.1
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inquire
6 uses
I inquired.†
inquired = asked about or looked into
From page 50.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book6 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.305
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intimidate
8 uses
Part of the reason was that I felt enormously intimidated in front of other people.†
intimidated = fearful or threatened
From page 61.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally intimidate means:
make fearful of inadequacy

or:

threaten
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Book8 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.140.4
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malicious
3 uses
I would have never guessed that Mother would, of all places, move near her own mother—a person that she treated with absolute malice.†
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
From page 123.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6, p.123.1
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optimistic
3 uses
As my optimism grew, I pictured myself with Father, checking him out of the hospital in a few days, spending time with him one on one, then maybe .... one day soon ....†
optimism = a tendency to expect and see the best in all things
From page 64.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally optimistic means:
expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9, p.195.1
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paralysis
7 uses
Mother becomes paralyzed.†
paralyzed = made unable to move or make a decision
From page 10.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally paralysis means:
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.10.7
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primarily
1 use
The growth was primarily centered on the side of his neck, but has since spread to his throat.†
primarily = mainly
From page 69.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4, p.69.9
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recession
2 uses
But months later, after a statewide recession, I found myself as a legal adult, with no diploma, no job, and my life savings quickly draining away.
recession = a period when the economy does poorly
From page 32.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.32.1
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rectify
1 use
Without looking at me, the counselor rummaged through a stack of forms and mumbled, "Airman .... there was a slight holdup in your specialty request, and, well, by the time it was rectified, well .... don't ask me why, but these things happen .... so ...."
rectified = corrected
From page 49.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.49.5
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replenish
1 use
I told myself, feeling replenished with energy, that no matter what the consequences, nothing was going to be the same.†
replenished = replaced what was used up; or restored to a previous condition
From page 64.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally replenish means:
replace what was used up; or restore to a previous condition
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4, p.64.9
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vary
2 uses
Without hesitation, they varied my work schedule so I could indeed oversee the necessary paperwork, which had to start from scratch.†
varied = differed; or changed
From page 161.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.245.2
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