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adapt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
One morning Adam donned a fireman's hat and proceeded to exhibit what Chief Harley says was his "ability to flip a switch and adapt to any situation."†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
From page 163.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.163.2
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ambidextrous
1 use
"Almost like he had been ambidextrous and didn't know it," says Jack Elliot, an armorer who helped maintain weapons for the SEALs.†
ambidextrous = capable of using either hand with equal ease
From page 196.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ambidextrous means:
having the ability to use either hand with equal ease
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.196.8
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
Harley and Adam chose a route that took them over nearly fifteen miles of brutal wilderness, during which rain turned to freezing rain and then, as night approached, to snow.†
approached = got near
From page 146.6  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 11, p.146.6
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bronze
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
For his part Adam was awarded his first Bronze Star with combat valor.†
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 234.1  All Book Uses  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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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.234.1
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coalition
17 uses
They sought to overthrow the fledgling Afghan government and oust the American-led coalition forces, whom they considered invaders and infidels.
coalition = a political group made up of different groups working together
From page 160.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.6.3
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Just as you hear more about American soldiers in Vietnam raping women and children and shooting unarmed men, today the media is focused about this detainee debacle for two weeks solid, in contrast to American Soldiers being dragged in the streets and dismembered, which was covered for less than 72 hours.†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
From page 174.5  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
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1st useChapter 12, p.174.5
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to convene
The next day the Browns and I walked the convention center floor with Rick, who introduced us to Ted Nugent, an avid supporter of the military who had just seen the debut of The Adam Brown Story.†
convention = large conference or meeting
From page 321.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.36.1
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2  —3 uses as in:
conventional behavior
One of the functions of DEVGRU operators was protecting the conventional coalition forces, a job they accomplished by targeting and taking out the "bullies."†
conventional = normal or typical
From page 214.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useProl., p.2.5
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
His face conveyed such acute agony, while everyone else was cheering.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
From page 149.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11, p.149.3
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epiphany
1 use
As Janice brainstormed aloud how they would save their son, Larry had an epiphany.
epiphany = sudden realization
From page 59.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally epiphany means:
a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.59.5
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evaluate
11 uses
Adam's evaluation read, Selected to head a highly successful Counter Narcotics Training mission in Colombia.†
evaluation = the process of thinking carefully and making a judgment about something

(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 197.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10, p.135.8
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grave
1 use
U.S. intelligence, military leadership, and ultimately Commander in Chief and President George W. Bush deemed Iraq—more specifically, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein—the gravest threat to national security.†
gravest = most important or most serious
From page 161.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12, p.161.4
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imply
1 use
Kelley would never say or imply that, but I was mad it wasn't me.†
imply = suggest (say indirectly)
From page 288.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19, p.288.7
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interpret
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
interpret Spanish to English
The interpreter, the strongest Afghan, later described the SEALs and their American military counterparts as "machines."†
interpreter = someone who translates language
From page 269.9  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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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.269.6
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mentor
8 uses
But Adam never degraded the new guys—he mentored them.†
mentored = guided and advised
From page 252.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally mentor means:
someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11, p.146.3
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motivate
10 uses
Only half of the class, which represented the hand-picked best of the best—determined, motivated, and very qualified—would remain by the course's end.†
motivated = wanting to do something; or made someone want to do something
From page 201.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally motivate means:
to make someone want to do something
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.148.3
nevertheless
1 use
Smaller than any of the bullies, Adam nevertheless marched over and stood in front of Richie.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
From page 25.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2, p.25.7
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relapse
6 uses
Adam had been drug free for a year and seven months, but she'd done her research and learned that relapse was still extremely likely.†
relapse = return to an undesirable previous condition
From page 124.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally relapse means:
to return to an undesirable previous condition — especially illness, addiction, or bad behavior
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.84.9
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Taliban
25 uses
And when asked about James (using the Taliban leader's real name), the women "of course had never heard of him," says Brian.†
Taliban = fundamentalist Islamic political and military organization
From page 277.1  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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Book25 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.6.2
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technique
8 uses
Each terrace was a riddle, requiring a new technique to move Adam to the next level.†
technique = way of doing something
From page 284.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally technique means:
a way of doing something
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useA.Note, p.xiii.4
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