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acquisition
1 use
Run along now while f show off my new acquisition.†
acquisition = obtaining; or possession
From page 257.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAll, p.257.8
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
It's time to adapt or die."†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
From page 97.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.97.5
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blatant
3 uses
"Why did you come here?" he asks, blatantly changing the subject.†
blatantly = in an obvious manner
From page 100.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally blatant means:
obvious — often without any attempt to hide bad behavior
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.100.9
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cadaver
3 uses
There's no one other than the man unloading his cadaver drawers.†
cadaver = the dead body of a human being — especially one used for medical study
From page 238.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.238.5
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camouflage
9 uses
They are in camouflage and carry rifles like they know how to use them.†
camouflage = the act of hiding something by making it blend in with its surroundings; or hiding the truth; or something that hides or deceives
From page 83.2  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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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.157.3
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conflict
1 use
My mind swirls with conflicting emotions.†
conflicting = opposing (struggling against each other)
From page 99.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally conflict means:
a struggle or disagreement
in various senses, including:
  • a serious disagreement — as in "political conflict"
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings — as in "I'm conflicted about where I should go to college."
  • a violent fight or war — as in "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"
  • an idiom that refers to tension between responsibilities to different entities — "conflict of interest"
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.99.6
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contort
8 uses
It's like holding up a flagpole with my arms contorted.†
contorted = twisted
From page 47.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally contort means:
twist or bend to an unnatural shape — something such as the human body, a facial expression, or the truth
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.263.7
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
From this distance, I can't tell what color they are, but I'm willing to bet they would be shocking up close, just in contrast with the rest of him.†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
From page 188.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.188.3
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
She can roll on her own, thanks to her preference for a conventional chair over the electric kind.†
conventional = normal or typical
From page 2.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.2.1
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imply
3 uses
I don't believe for a second that it's a real angel feather, although that's clearly what's being implied.†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
From page 4.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useAll, p.96.4
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indecision
2 uses
Being found by the monster as I stand frozen in indecision is the stupidest way to die that I can think of.†
indecision = leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
From page 134.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.134.9
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intimidate
6 uses
Even hog-tied and wingless, he sure could give an intimidating look.†
intimidating = making fearful
From page 37.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally intimidate means:
make fearful of inadequacy

or:

threaten
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.37.2
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Another soldier crosses himself, completely unaware of the irony of such a gesture from a soldier fighting angels.†
irony = when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
From page 273.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.273.5
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irrelevant
2 uses
They continue to argue, completely ignoring us as if any danger we might pose is so irrelevant compared to what they're dealing with that it's not worth their energy to notice us.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
From page 152.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.152.3
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onslaught
2 uses
I feel the nose smash under my onslaught.†
onslaught = powerful attack; or sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled
From page 110.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally onslaught means:
a powerful attack

or:

a sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled — such as trouble, people or communications
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.110.7
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paralysis
7 uses
Everything about the survivors looks freaky spooked, as though the only thing containing their panic is their paralyzing fear.†
paralyzing = making unable to move or make a decision
From page 130.6  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 useAll, p.130.6
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relevant
2 uses
But I would only prove Raffe right about acting like a little girl, so I tamp down the flood of questions and ask the one that's operationally relevant.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 174.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useAll, p.174.8
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sufficient
1 use
We have sufficient supplies and firepower to support everyone here.†
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
From page 96.8  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.96.8
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vary
1 use
Like their wings, their skin tones vary.†
vary = differ; or change
From page 10.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.10.2
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wary
8 uses
I can tell he's a formidable opponent by the way the others warily approach him even though he is injured and far outnumbered.†
warily = in a nervous or distrustful manner
From page 10.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally wary means:
nervous about (or distrustful of) someone or something
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.106.6
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