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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
2 uses
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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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
1 use
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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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when...
contemptuous = unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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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 = done from afar (by mailing letters, reports, etc.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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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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imbue
1 use
That's just the spirit I want to imbue them with!
imbue = fill or infuse
DefinitionGenerally imbue means:
to fill with or diffuse throughout — especially an emotional quality
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incredulous
1 use
[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
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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laconic
1 use
He is a large man, slow of speech, laconic, immovable.
laconic = brief and to the point when speaking
DefinitionGenerally laconic means:
using few words
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
They're liable to arrest me!
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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loathe
1 use
BIFF [still on the floor in front of LINDA, the flowers in his hand; with self-loathing]:
loathing = disgust or intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
detest or intensely dislike
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monotonous
1 use
He is horrified and turns his head toward WILLY'S room, still dimly lit, from which the strains of LINDA'S desperate but monotonous humming rise.
monotonous = lacking in variety in tone and rhythm
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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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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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
1 use
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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