HSPT Verbal : Analogies: Prefixes from Anglo-Saxon

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Example Questions

Example Question #7 : Analogies

Impress is to dazzle as decorate is to __________.

Possible Answers:

cover

inculcate

blandish

bedeck

festive

Correct answer:

bedeck

Explanation:

The word "bedeck" generally means decorate. However, the prefix "be-" can also function as an intensifier meaning thoroughly. To "bedeck" something is to decorate it thoroughly. To be "bedecked" is to be covered or decorated very completely. Just as something dazzling is very illuminated, so too is something bedecked "very decorated."

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