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The Cherry Orchard
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agitate
2 uses
PISCHIN. [Agitated] What? Why to town?
agitated = emotionally upset
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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apparent
1 use
An old, crooked shrine, which has been long abandoned; near it a well and large stones, which apparently are old tombstones, and an old garden seat.
apparently = clearly
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
The champagne's very appropriate.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for the situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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audible
1 use
He wears a short jacket and brilliantly polished boots which squeak audibly.
audibly = in a manner that can be heard
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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Caligula
1 use
My dead father, who liked a joke, peace to his bones, used to say, talking of our ancestors, that the ancient stock of the Simeonov-Pischins was descended from that identical horse that Caligula made a senator....†
Caligula = the 3rd Roman Emperor; noted for his cruelty, extravagance, sexual perversity, and apparent insanity; assassinated (12-41)
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cease
1 use
The house in which we live has long ceased to be our house; I shall go away.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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comprehend
1 use
Everything that is unattainable now will some day be near at hand and comprehensible
comprehensible = capable of being well understood
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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descend
1 use
My dead father, who liked a joke, peace to his bones, used to say, talking of our ancestors, that the ancient stock of the Simeonov-Pischins was descended from that identical horse that Caligula made a senator.
descended = came from (as a person from an ancestor)
DefinitionGenerally descend means:
move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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despair
1 use
GAEV. [In despair] My sister, my sister. ...
despair = hopelessness or desperation
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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direct
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
I congratulate you on your existence, which has already for more than a hundred years been directed towards the bright ideals of good and justice; your silent call to productive labour has not grown less in the hundred years [Weeping] during which you have upheld virtue and faith in a better future to the generations of our race, educating us up to ideals of goodness and to the knowledge of a common consciousness.†
directed = aimed or focused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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distinct
1 use
In the distance is a row of telegraph poles, and far, far away on the horizon are the indistinct signs of a large town, which can only be seen on the finest and clearest days.†
indistinct = not clear or easily identifiable
DefinitionGenerally distinct means:
clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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entreat
1 use
[Entreatingly] Uncle, dear!†
entreatingly = in a pleading or persuading manner
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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indifferent
1 use
Oh, beautiful and indifferent one, thou whom we call mother, thou containest in thyself existence and death, thou livest and destroyest.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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infinite
1 use
Sometimes, when I can't sleep, I think: "Oh Lord, you've given us huge forests, infinite fields, and endless horizons, and we, living here, ought really to be giants."†
infinite = unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Judaism
2 uses
That is our celebrated Jewish band.†
Jewish = of Judaism (the oldest of the three major monotheistic religions) or it's culture
DefinitionGenerally Judaism means:
the oldest of the three major monotheistic religions —  having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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net income
1 use
In the spring I sowed three thousand acres of poppies, and now I've made forty thousand roubles net profit.†
net profit = revenues minus expenses
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paraphernalia
1 use
By the door that leads out of the house and at the back of the stage, portmanteaux and travelling paraphernalia are piled up.
paraphernalia = items that accompany a given activity or object

(editor's notes:  portmanteaux is a synonym for large trunks or suitcases)
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recite
2 uses
The STATION-MASTER stands in the middle of the drawing-room and recites "The Magdalen" by Tolstoy.
recites = to say aloud something previously memorized
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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utter
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
utter stupidity
How utterly absurd!†
utterly = completely or totally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
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