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A Raisin in the Sun

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accommodate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
the room can accommodate four
Its furnishings are typical and undistinguished and their primary feature now is that they have clearly had to accommodate the living of too many people for too many years—and they are tired.
accommodate = provide for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodate means:
provide (or have the ability to provide) for something desired or needed
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agitate
3 uses
...(Pointing at his sister)—that is going to be the chairman of the Committee on Unending Agitation.
agitation = stirring up emotional unrest

(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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appreciate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I appreciate her efforts.
I'm going to try to get right to the point. I'm sure we'll all appreciate that in the long run.
appreciate = be grateful for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appreciate means:
to recognize the value or importance of

and/or:

to be grateful for
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2  —1 use as in:
I appreciate the complexities
BENEATHA: (With appreciation of the two meanings, which escape RUTH and WALTER) Un-huh.
appreciation = understanding (of a situation)

(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 this sense of appreciate means:
to understand a situation-often one with important complications
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beseech
1 use
(Beseechingly) Then why can't there never be no peace in this house then?
beseechingly = in a manner that asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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contradict
1 use
The YOUNGER living room would be a comfortable and well-ordered room if it were not for a number of indestructible contradictions to this state of being. ... the furnishings of this room were actually selected with care and love and even hope—and brought to this apartment and arranged with taste and pride. That was a long time ago. ... Weariness has, in fact, won in this room.
contradictions = things that disagree with themselves (In this case, in one sense the room demonstrates good taste and care, but in other ways it is shabby and neglected.)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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dominate
1 use
(Cutting GEORGE off and staring at him as she replies to RUTH) It means someone who is willing to give up his own culture and submerge himself completely in the dominant, and in this case oppressive, culture!
dominant = most influential or powerful
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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eccentric
4 uses
Oh, don't be so proud of yourself, Bennie—just because you look eccentric.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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elude
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your point eludes me
She is lost, vague, trying to catch hold, to make some sense of her former command of the world, but it still eludes her.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understand)
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exasperated
6 uses
BENEATHA: (Staring at him and crossing away with exasperation) Oh—Asagai—at this moment you decide to be romantic!
exasperation = great annoyance

(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 exasperated means:
greatly annoyed
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flippant
1 use
(Coming to her with genuine romantic flippancy) I will show you our mountains and our stars; and give you cool drinks from gourds and teach you the old songs and the ways of our people—and, in time, we will pretend that—(Very softly)—you have only been away for a day.
flippancy = lack of seriousness
DefinitionGenerally flippant means:
showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
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idealism
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
youthful idealism
And it is very odd but those who see the changes—who dream, who will not give up—are called idealists . . . and those who see only the circle we call them the "realists"!
idealists = people who believe behavior should be guided by high ideals or standards — often implying that they are unrealistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of idealism means:
the belief that behavior should be guided by high ideals or standards and often that good things will result — sometimes used to imply that such beliefs are unrealistic
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
This is a woman who decided long ago to be enthusiastic about EVERYTHING in life and she is inclined to wave her wrist vigorously at the height of her exclamatory comments.
inclined = has a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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indifferent
4 uses
WALTER: Me and you ought to sit down and talk sometimes, man. Man, I got me some ideas.
GEORGE: (With boredom) Yeah—sometimes we'll have to do that, Walter.
WALTER: (Understanding the indifference, and offended) Yeah—well, when you get the time, man...
indifference = lack of 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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indignant
3 uses
(Indignantly) What's the matter with you all!
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
negative feedback from customers
(Shaking his head negatively but gently) No. Between a man and a woman there need be only one kind of feeling. I have that for you .... Now even .... right this moment ...
negatively = indicating an answer of "no"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
(RUTH: Almost gently, with profound understanding) You think you a woman, Bennie—but you still a little girl.
profound = deep (of great intensity or depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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rapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rapt attention
The boy and his mother study it raptly over MAMA'S shoulders.
raptly = with deep interest and focus
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rapt means:
deeply interested and focused (on something) — often while admiring
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
She waits several seconds, trying to make up her mind about something, and looks at RUTH a little tentatively before going on.
tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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unobtrusive
1 use
She is one of those women of a certain grace and beauty who wear it so unobtrusively that it takes a while to notice.
unobtrusively = in a manner that does not to attract much attention
DefinitionGenerally unobtrusive means:
fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb
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