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Death of a Salesman
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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I will accommodate for your need
You're too accommodating, dear.
accommodating = adjust something to provide for a need
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anemic
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What're you lookin' so anemic about, Bernard?
anemic = worn out (lacking vitality)
DefinitionGenerally anemic means:
suffering from too few red blood cells

or metaphorically:  lacking vitality
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animate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
animated by her strong belief
[WILLY breaks off, staring at the light, which occupies the chair, animating it.]
animating = bringing it to life (metaphorically)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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approbation
1 use
[He pauses, then nods in approbation for a few seconds, then looks upward.]
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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audacious
1 use
BEN [ giving great weight to each word, and with a certain vicious audacity]:
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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audible
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BIFF [at the table, now audible, holding up a gold fountain pen]:
audible = capable of being heard
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candid
1 use
Willy, do you want to talk candidly?
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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correspond
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a correspondence course
After high school he took so many correspondence courses.
correspondence = designed to be taken from afar (by sending letters, reports, etc. through the mail)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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enthrall
1 use
HAPPY [enthralled]:
enthralled = held spellbound (with full attention captured)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of enthrall means:
hold spellbound (capture full attention)
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grave
1 use
He and HAPPY gravely don their jackets.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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humiliate
2 uses
He was so humiliated he nearly limped when he came in.
humiliated = extremely embarrassed (with wounded dignity)
DefinitionGenerally humiliate means:
extremely embarrass (decrease dignity, self-respect, or pride — especially in front of others)
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immerse
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immersed in her book
He is totally immersed in himself, smiling faintly.
immersed = completely involved (interested)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immerse means:
to get very interested or completely involved
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incredulous
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[Incredulously] Don't you realize what today is?
incredulously = with disbelief
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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initiative
2 uses
Coach'll probably congratulate you on your initiative!
initiative = determining what should be done and doing it without instruction
DefinitionGenerally initiative means:
the ability and tendency to determine what should be done and to start doing it without instruction

or:

to start something; as in:
  • "She did it on her own initiative." — started it without anyone telling her to
  • "She seized the initiative." — started actions that force others to react to her rather than her having to react to them
  • "the peace initiative" — a plan or the start of actions to bring about peace
  • "a ballot initiative" — a proposed law that is started by citizen petition rather than by the legislature (applicable in many jurisdictions such as California)
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mortgage
2 uses
But that includes the last payment on the mortgage.
mortgage = real estate loan
DefinitionGenerally mortgage means:
a real estate loan agreement that promises to turn the real estate over to the lender if the loan isn't paid
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pennant
2 uses
Where's the pennants?
pennants = triangular flags (in this case, to show support for a sports team)
DefinitionGenerally pennant means:
a flag given to a champion as an award

or:

a triangular flag (often used for nautical signals)
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
LINDA [resigned]: Well, you'll just have to...
resigned = having accepted the situation despite not liking it
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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simultaneous
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LINDA [simultaneously]:
simultaneously = at the same time
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trepidation
2 uses
LINDA [hearing WILLY outside the bedroom, calls with some trepidation]:
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
BEN [yielding]: That's a point, William.
yielding = giving in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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