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abrupt
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
an abrupt change
The men fell silent, piecing together the rumors of one giant bomb vaporizing a city and the abrupt end to the war.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
From page 224.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4, p.36.1
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bound   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 12 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
south-bound lanes
Most captives were forced onto ships, bound for Japan and occupied China as prisoners of war (POWs).
bound = headed for
From page 50.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.6, p.50.4
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2  —3 uses as in:
bound together
The sailors lashed them to it and bound their hands behind them.
bound = tied
From page 132.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11, p.99.6
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3  —7 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
When her plane landed, Louie bounded up the steps to embrace her, then squired her home to meet his family.
bounded = leaped
From page 249.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.39, p.273.8
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dehydrated
3 uses
He knew dehydration might kill him, and part of him hoped it would.
dehydration = not having enough water in the body

(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 140.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally dehydrated means:
suffering from excessive loss of water from the body

or:

dried and/or preserved by removing natural moisture
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.18, p.140.3
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demonstrate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
Louie had demonstrated that if they were persistent and resourceful, they could catch food, and he and Phil felt inspired.
demonstrated = shown
From page 113.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.19, p.151.2
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Louie established rules.
established = created
From page 105.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.12, p.105.8
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
This is one of the many examples of the men missing in action erroneously reported and later being established as a lie....
established = shown
From page 187.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.25, p.187.7
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Louie kept his focus below, trying to aim for the parked planes.
focus = concentration
From page 79.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.5, p.41.4
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
This was the focus of her nightmares: Louie being shot in his plane.
focus = where attention is concentrated
From page 162.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.21, p.162.2
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Hitler
19 uses
The ship passed over Nuremburg, Germany, where an obscure politician named Adolf Hitler had just called for the killing of the "weakest" babies to strengthen the German race.
Adolf Hitler = German Nazi dictator during World War II
From page 6.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1, p.6.1
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However you do it, get it done!
A message sent to all POW camp commanders stated: Whether they are destroyed individually or in groups, or however it is done, with mass bombing, poisonous smoke, poisons, drowning, decapitation, or what, dispose of them as the situation dictates....†
however = in whatever way
From page 151.8  Typical Usage
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.19, p.151.8
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passage
1 use
Louie wanted to give him a religious eulogy, but didn't know how, so he recited passages from movies.
passages = short parts of longer works
From page 128.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.16, p.128.8
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propaganda
8 uses
A famous Olympian, criticizing America, would be a priceless propaganda tool.
propaganda = things said to influence opinion in particular way
From page 191.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally propaganda means:
one-sided information that is purposefully spread to influence opinions — often misleading information of a political nature
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4, p.37
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ration
23 uses
Camp officials stole the rations, and the captives wasted away.
rations = a fixed portion of food for each person
From page 167.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
Word Statistics
Book23 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.20, p.156.8
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revelry
3 uses
The announcer corrected himself, but it hardly dimmed the revelry in Torrance.
revelry = celebration
From page 28.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally revelry means:
a party — especially a noisy one

or:

to party or celebrate — especially in a noisy way
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3, p.28.4
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
found a trace of
But Shizuka had felt a trace of doubt.
trace = tiny amount
From page 265.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.19, p.151.9
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2  —1 use as in:
traced a path
Softly, he spoke of their lives, tracing the paths they'd taken since coming to California in 1919.
tracing = verbally following
From page 279.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to follow
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The hunters traced the deer into the woods." — followed or tracked
  • "With soft kisses, she gently traced the scar running down his cheek." — followed
  • "The path traces along the edge of the forest." — follows
  • "A single tear traced its way down her cheek." — followed a specific path
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil., p.279.5
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virtual
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
virtual organization
Virtually every POW believed its destruction had saved them from execution.
virtually = almost
From page 232.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.3, p.25.7
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
Baiting his hooks with albatross meat and tiny fish from the bird's stomach, Louie caught a few fish, once parlaying a little one, thrown into the raft by a whitecap, into bait that yielded a bigger fish.
yielded = produced
From page 115.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.14, p.115.6
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