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adapt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
We walked, watching the swans, smiling at the tourists splashing around in their boats in the early evening sun, and she chatted away about how this might all be actually rather wonderful for Will, and probably showed that he was really learning to adapt to his situation.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
From page 326.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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1st useAll, p.229.1
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altercation
2 uses
Other diners had begun to turn in their seats, curious about the altercation by the door.†
altercation = a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
From page 164.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st useAll, p.160.2
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anomaly
1 use
But I soon realized I was an anomaly—there were no girlfriends like me; everyone else in the club was single, or involved with someone equally physically impressive.†
anomaly = something outside of the range of what is normally expected
From page 101.9  Typical Usage
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claustrophobia
6 uses
Since Thomas was born, he and Treena had moved into the bigger room, and I was in the box room, which was small enough to make you feel claustrophobic should you sit in it for more than half an hour at a time.†
claustrophobic = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
From page 45.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.45.8
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contradict
1 use
Sometimes it even seemed like a relief to him that there was someone prepared to be rude to him, to contradict him or tell him he was being horrible.†
contradict = disagree
From page 71.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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1st useAll, p.71.8
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
There's no point in me trying to look conventional.†
conventional = normal or typical
From page 20.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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1st useAll, p.20.8
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
Even the annoying customers, like the red-haired woman who ran the toy shop and disputed her change at least once a week, didn't trouble me.†
disputed = challenged, argued about, or fought over
From page 11.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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1st useAll, p.11.3
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entwined
5 uses
I entwined my fingers with his and felt the warmth of his hand as something comforting.†
entwined = interconnected (not easily separated) or twisted together
From page 273.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st useAll, p.273.3
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forfeit
1 use
I'll forfeit any money owed to me.
forfeit = give up
From page 371.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally forfeit means:
to lose or surrender something — often as a penalty
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1st useAll, p.371.4
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imply
2 uses
You weren't allowed to say anything like that in our house because, according to my mother, it was like implying that Thomas wasn't a blessing.†
implying = suggesting (saying indirectly)
From page 130.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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1st useAll, p.130.6
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irrelevant
1 use
That made him biologically irrelevant.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
From page 211.6  Typical Usage
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optimistic
3 uses
This was disappointing, as some small, optimistic part of me had still hoped we might make it there.†
optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
From page 246.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.246.9
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perceptible
1 use
It's not the lifting and cleaning, the medicines and wipes, and the distant but somehow always perceptible smell of disinfectant.
perceptible = noticeable
From page 254.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally perceptible means:
capable of being noticed — typically because it is different enough or large enough
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1st useAll, p.254.1
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pneumonia
6 uses
And then Will got pneumonia.†
pneumonia = a lung disease
From page 327.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally pneumonia means:
respiratory disease characterized by inflammation and accumulation of fluid in the lungs; caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses or bacteria) or by inhalation of certain irritants
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.327.9
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recession
1 use
We're in the middle of a bloody recession.
recession = a period when the economy does poorly
From page 12.5  Typical Usage
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relevant
3 uses
Yes, I took the relevant exam and passed.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 75.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st useAll, p.75.3
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resolute
5 uses
Will just looked grim-faced and resolute.†
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
From page 78.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st useAll, p.235.5
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revise
1 use
But from the day he agreed to my revised plan, I knew she had been afraid to tell him he shouldn't.†
revised = changed
From page 341.7  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 useAll, p.341.7
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theme
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
theme of the novel
I told you, no theme parks.†
theme parks = amusement parks each of which have one or more basic underlying ideas — such as the Magic Kingdom
From page 278  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of theme means:
a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done — especially in a literary or artistic work
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.278
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vary
3 uses
I was let go after one of the doughnut girls caught me debating the varying merits of the free toys with a four-year-old.†
varying = differing; or changing
From page 16.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.16.2
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