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aesthetic
1 use
Jackie prefers to spend time with her children or concoct designs for a lavish renovation of the White House, an activity that does not interest her husband, who has little aesthetic sense when it comes to such matters.
aesthetic = related to guiding principles of what is beautiful
From page 41.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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1st usePart 1, p.41.1
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
He is thirty-nine years old, earned a Bronze Star as a paratrooper in World War II, has a tenth-grade education, and earns just a little over $5,000 a year.
bronze = made of a brownish metal

(editor's note:  The bronze Star is a medal awarded to selected members of the United States military for heroism or other merit.)
From page 280.5  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
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1st usePart 3, p.280.5
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capitalism
1 use
After almost a year back home in America, he has become even more enraged by what he perceives as the injustice of the capitalist system.
capitalist = one who believes in an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment

or:

someone who is wealthy clearly and benefits from an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses
From page 157.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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1st usePart 2, p.157.9
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clergy
1 use
Duc is an ordained member of the Buddhist clergy, a monastic who lives a meditative life of poverty.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
From page 170.2  Typical Usage
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1st usePart 2, p.170.2
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demonstrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
demonstrate to protest
The protesters have come to demonstrate against a new law set forth by President Ngo Dinh Diem that makes flying the Buddhist flag illegal in Vietnam.†
demonstrate = join with others in a public protest
From page 168.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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1st usePart 2, p.168.9
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
And as the media descend onto Parkland Hospital even in the midst of Jackie's lonely Pieta, there is no way in the world Jackie will allow John Fitzgerald Kennedy to be photographed in this state.†
descend = come
From page 274.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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1st usePart 3, p.274.8
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deviate
2 uses
The president decides not to deviate from his normal schedule, not wanting the news about Cuba to get out quite yet.
deviate = change or differ
From page 109.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deviate means:
differ or change
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1st usePart 3, p.278.5
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dictate
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
Hitler dictated that...
On the other hand, he had fanatically ridiculed Eisenhower about Castro and knew he would look soft on communism if he did nothing to deter the brutal dictator.†
dictator = someone who issue commands or orders — especially someone who rules without concern for other people's opinions
From page 50.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
issue commands or orders
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1st usePart 1, p.50.3
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
The tabloids have firmly established that she is a substance abuser.†
established = shown
From page 146.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st usePart 1, p.116.8
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flaunt
2 uses
It would be a shame not to flaunt her newly slim figure in the privacy of her opulent surroundings.
flaunt = show off
From page 216.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally flaunt means:
the act of showing off (displaying something in an obvious way for others to admire or envy)

or:

openly defiant of rules or expectations
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1st usePart 1, p.89.9
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Kennedy vigorously attacked the Eisenhower administration, using the situation in Cuba to illustrate its weakness against communism.†
illustrate = help make clear
From page 49.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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1st usePart 1, p.49.2
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is shy and inhibited
As the president listened in amazement, his usually shy and sexually inhibited wife told him precisely what she wanted from him in bed.†
inhibited = limited in action due to embarrassment or self-consciousness
From page 68.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibited means:
unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
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Martin Luther King Jr.
29 uses
Even standing here in the relative privacy of the Rose Garden with Martin Luther King makes Kennedy sweat.†
Martin Luther King = inspiring U.S. civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of blacks; assassinated (1929-1968)
From page 180.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st usePart 1, p.98.6
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recession
1 use
He presses for a tax cut, to ward off a recession, he says, and backs it up with detailed financial specifics about the way in which cutting taxes would stimulate the economy.
recession = a period when the economy does poorly
From page 208.1  Typical Usage
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revise
1 use
Kennedy will push for "a substantial reduction and revision in federal income taxes" as the "one step, above all, essential" to make America more competitive in the world economy.†
revision = a change; or a changed version

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
From page 136.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2, p.136.5
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
The people seated there nod their heads somberly as he speaks, appreciative just to be in the room.†
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
From page 148.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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1st usePart 2, p.148.9
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Soviet Union
54 uses
Oswald is fond of being on the move, but the Soviets have severely restricted his travel.†
Soviets = a former communist country that fought the cold war with the United States and which consisted of Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics; established 1922 and officially dissolved 31 December 1991
From page 13.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st usePart 1, p.13.8
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speculate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
One of the shots misses the president's car completely, and decades later there is still speculation whether it was the first or third round.†
speculation = thoughts and guesses

(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 266.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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1st usePart 3, p.266.1
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strait
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
Strait of Hormuz
He is swept far out into the Blackett Strait, frantically lighting the lamp to signal his men as he drifts past.†
strait = narrow water passage
From page 28.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of strait means:
a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
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Book4 uses
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1st usePart 1, p.19
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strata
1 use
They were men from all across the social strata who had been trained by American World War II and Korea veterans—and those hardened U.S. vets were impressed by what they saw.
strata = classes or groups
From page 53.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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1st usePart 1, p.53.2
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