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analysis
21 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
psychiatrist suggested analysis
I could hear the guys talking to the CIA analysts about the stuff they'd gathered.†
analysts = psychiatrists
From page 272.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
psychiatric treatment — (using any of many theories of the human mind that use talk therapy to understand the unconscious mind)
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Book21 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useA.Note, p.xii.7
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
The first thing we tried to do was find an alternate way to approach the target.†
approach = get near
From page 168.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.168.8
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calibrate
1 use
I was wearing sixty pounds of gear, each gram meticulously chosen for a specific purpose, my load refined and calibrated over a dozen years and hundreds of similar missions.
calibrated = adjusted
From page 2.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally calibrate means:
make fine adjustments or measurements; or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring;
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useProl., p.2.8
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camouflage
5 uses
With my camouflage uniform on and my gear ready to go, I grabbed my Salomon Quest boots and pulled them on.†
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 205.2  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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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.202.2
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coalition
3 uses
After Coalition forces toppled the Taliban in 2001, Bin Laden went into hiding after narrowly escaping capture by Coalition forces at Tora Bora in Afghanistan.
coalition = a political group made up of different groups working together
From page 162.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.162.5
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contingency
10 uses
The EOD tech thought the SEAL meant they were going to blow the house, which was another one of the contingency plans we had trained for.†
contingency = something that might happen; or something available in case an event occurs
From page 243  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally contingency means:
something that might happen — especially something that it is hoped will not happen

or more rarely:

something available in case of an event — especially an event that it is hoped will not occur
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.175.2
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
Unlike some of the conventional units, we had NVGs with four tubes instead of the usual two.†
conventional = normal or typical
From page 203.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.141.3
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exile
1 use
Under pressure from the international community, the Sudanese government exiled him, and Bin Laden fled to Afghanistan and the protection of the Taliban.
exiled = sent away to live elsewhere
From page 162.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally exile means:
to force someone to live outside of their homeland; or living in such a condition

or more rarely:  voluntary absence from a place someone would rather be
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.162.2
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external
4 uses
Ali was the CIA interpreter on external security.†
external = outside
From page 192.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally external means:
outside
in various senses, including:
  • coming from or existing outside a place, organization or thing — as in "external trade"
  • forming or relating to an outside boundary — as in "external walls"
  • on the surface or superficial as contrasted to something that is deep or complete — as in "external appearances"
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10, p.167.6
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ferret out
1 use
It was all a part of preparing us for the real world, and ferreting out the "Gray Man."
ferreting out = searching for and discovering through persistent investigation
From page 32.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ferret out means:
search for and discover through persistent investigation
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.32.2
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interpret
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
interpret Spanish to English
First using the interpreter, and then using the dog, and then visible lasers.†
interpreter = someone who translates language
From page 177.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.77.1
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Pakistan
53 uses
Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.†
Pakistan = a Muslim republic that is the sixth most populous country and has nuclear weapons
From page 275.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Pakistan means:
a Muslim republic bordering India, Afghanistan, Iran, & China — best known as the sixth most populous country and as unstable politically relative to other nuclear states
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Book53 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useProl., p.7.8
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perimeter
14 uses
At one of the computer terminals, the team leader of the perimeter security team was reading the news sites.†
perimeter = the outer edge
From page 277.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge
The exact meaning of perimeter can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Stay inside the defensive perimeter." — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • "It is common on the city's perimeter." — the outer edges of the city
  • "What is the perimeter of the square?" — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape
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Book14 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.38.5
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phenomenon
1 use
In all of my deployments, we routinely saw this phenomenon.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
From page 249.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16, p.249.2
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portfolio
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
investment portfolio
He also had a decent stock portfolio, which he monitored on his laptop during the few hours of downtime.
portfolio = collection of investments
From page 33.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of portfolio means:
all the investments held by an individual or organization
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.33.3
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primarily
1 use
We were primarily focused on Afghanistan.†
primarily = mainly
From page 107.5  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 7, p.107.5
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simulate
6 uses
Stopping at the door of the container that simulated Cl, I scanned inside before entering.†
simulated = made an imitation or representation of
From page 174.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.15.3
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suppress
9 uses
We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots.†
suppressed = kept or tried to keep under control
From page 235.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book9 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.44.9
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Taliban
20 uses
In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given Bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support.†
Taliban = fundamentalist Islamic political and military organization
From page 274.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Taliban means:
a fundamentalist Islamic militia; between 1996 and 2001, they took over Afghanistan and set up an Islamic government; they still have much power in the area

(A fundamentalist is someone who strongly believes in old, traditional forms of a religion. A militia is an army made of people who are not full-time soldiers.)
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Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.18.8
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vary
1 use
With varying backgrounds at BUD/S, guys were stronger in different areas.†
varying = differing; or changing
From page 72.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5, p.72.9
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