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The Cherry Orchard

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animate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
animated by her strong belief
LUBOV. [Animated] Excellent. We'll go out.
animated = in a lively manner (with energy or enthusiasm)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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anxiety
1 use
I've two anxieties, though.
anxieties = things that cause worry
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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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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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
forgive my speaking candidly, but that man has robbed you!
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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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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cultivate
1 use
he'll begin to cultivate his patch of land, and then your cherry orchard will be happy, rich, splendid.
cultivate = make land suitable for growing plants
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
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 through genetics)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
GAEV. [In despair] My sister, my sister. ...
despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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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, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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inquiry
1 use
please make inquiries if Fiers has been sent to the hospital.
inquiries = investigate by asking questions
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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insistent
1 use
FIERS. [... in an insistent tone] You've put on the wrong trousers again. What am I to do with you?
insistent = firm (demanding)
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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mortgage
4 uses
Two hundred and forty roubles ... to pay the interest on the mortgage.
mortgage = a real estate loan; or pledging something for a 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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mystic
1 use
There's something mystical about the proud man, in your sense.
mystical = relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
For it's so clear that in order to begin to live in the present we must first redeem the past, and that can only be done by suffering, by strenuous, uninterrupted labour.
redeem = make up for (something bad)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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senile
1 use
VARYA. He's been mumbling away for three years. We're used to that.

YASHA. Senile decay.
senile = mental weakness caused by old age; or describing a medical condition as caused by old age
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strenuous
1 use
that can only be done by suffering, by strenuous, uninterrupted labour.
strenuous = difficult
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
energetic; or physically or mentally difficult or requiring endurance
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vulgar
3 uses
As if I'd ever given her grounds to believe I'd stoop to such vulgarity!
vulgarity = bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated behavior)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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wretch
4 uses
But he's a wretch, you alone don't know it!
wretch = a person of bad character
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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