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Death of a Salesman

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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
moved to accommodate her
She accommodates different learning styles.
accommodates = adjusts for (different needs)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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agitate
2 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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anemic
2 uses
My mother is careful about how she eats because she is anemic.
anemic = suffering from too few red blood cells
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
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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approbation
1 use
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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correspond
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a correspondence course
She took a correspondence course while she was in prison.
correspondence = done from afar via written communication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
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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humiliate
2 uses
She felt humiliated by his public insults.
humiliated = extremely embarrassed (feeling decreased dignity)
DefinitionGenerally humiliate means:
extremely embarrass (decrease dignity, self-respect, or pride — especially in front of others)
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imbue
1 use
She imbues her lectures with a contagious enthusiasm.
imbues = fills
DefinitionGenerally imbue means:
to fill with or diffuse throughout — especially an emotional quality
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incarnate
1 use
She described him as the devil incarnate.
incarnate = in the form of a human body
DefinitionGenerally incarnate means:
embody (made real in a material sense) — especially in the form of a human body, but sometimes figuratively
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incredulous
1 use
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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indignant
4 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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initiative
2 uses
She is smart, dedicated and has initiative. I expect to see her promoted soon.
initiative = the ability and tendency to determine what should be done and to start 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
The exact meaning of starting something depends upon the context. For example:
  • "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 something
  • "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
We are the proud owners of a new home and a $100,000 mortgage.
mortgage = property loan
DefinitionGenerally mortgage means:
a real estate loan; or to offer real estate as collateral for a loan

(collateral is something that has to be given to the lender if the loan isn't paid as agreed)
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pennant
2 uses
The underdog baseball team won the pennant after 162 hard fought games.
pennant = a flag given to a champion as an award
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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reproach
1 use
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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simultaneous
1 use
On Super Tuesday a large number of states have simultaneous primary elections.
simultaneous = at the same time
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trepidation
2 uses
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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