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Death of a Salesman

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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
moved to accommodate her
You're too accommodating, dear.
accommodating = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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agitate
2 uses
BIFF [with rising agitation]:
agitation = anxiety or upset

(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.)
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
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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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
Willy, do you want to talk candidly?
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of 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 = done from afar (by mailing letters, reports, etc.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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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
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
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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incarnate
1 use
That man was a genius, that man was success incarnate!
incarnate = embodied
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
[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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indignant
4 uses
[Indignantly] You can't see nothing out here!
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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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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mortgage
2 uses
But that includes the last payment on the mortgage.
mortgage = real estate 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
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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reproach
1 use
[Kneeling in front of her, in a fever of self-reproach] It's just—you see, Mom, I don't fit in business.
reproach = criticism
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
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 = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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