ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for ISEE Middle Level Verbal

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

A synonym of "subject to" is __________.

Possible Answers:

put through

measure

quarantine

bounce

teach

Correct answer:

put through

Explanation:

"Subject to" means "cause or force to undergo (a particular experience of form of treatment)." So, we need to pick out a verb that means something like "cause or force to undergo something." While someone might teach a certain subject, "teach" does not mean the same thing as "subject to," and considering how someone might "teach a subject" uses "subject" as a noun, not a verb. "Put through," however, is close in meaning to "cause or force to undergo," and because "put through" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "subject to," "put through" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters. 

ABOUND

Possible Answers:

To be married 

To be plentiful 

To be lost 

To be nostalgic 

To be happy 

Correct answer:

To be plentiful 

Explanation:

"Abound" means to be plentiful. For example, one might write, “In the springtime, my garden abounds with flowers.” To further help you, "nostalgic" means feeling fondness for the past.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters.

MERIT

Possible Answers:

Malcontent

Deserve

Steal

Protect

Satisfied

Correct answer:

Deserve

Explanation:

“Merit” describes something of value that deserves respect and admiration. “Merit” can also mean proven ability or something earned. To provide further guidance, "protect" means defend, look after; "malcontent" means dissatisfied, no content; "satisfied" means content and happy.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters. 

AVERT

Possible Answers:

Describe

Damage

Prevent

Succinct

Contend

Correct answer:

Prevent

Explanation:

“Avert” means to turn something away, to prevent something bad from happening. To provide further guidance, "succinct" means clearly expressed in as few words as possible; "contend" means argue for, compete.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

ANCHOR

Possible Answers:

Depict

Allege

Portray 

Secure

Demean 

Correct answer:

Secure

Explanation:

An “anchor” is something you use to keep a boat at one location in the water. When used as a verb, however, “anchor” means hold onto or secure. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "anchor": "demean" means put someone down or embarrass someone; "allege" means claim or assert; and "depict" and "portray" are synonyms that each mean show or represent.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

INSTIGATE

Possible Answers:

Cause

Reveal

Internalize

Influence

Decide

Correct answer:

Cause

Explanation:

"Instigate" means startcause, or set off. Therefore, "cause" is the synonym.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

REMEDY

Possible Answers:

Sicken

Fix

Worsen

Deteriorate

Correct answer:

Fix

Explanation:

You might already know that the word "remedy" can refer to a treatment for an ailment or injury. In that case, however, "remedy" is used as a noun. When this word is instead used as a verb, its meaning becomes slightly different. Here, to "remedy" something means to correct it, and "remedy" generally is used to refer to a situation that has gone wrong. Our clear answer, then, is "fix." The three answers that remain are antonyms, since they refer to the act of making a condition worse.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Choose the word or phrase that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

AVERT

Possible Answers:

Prevent 

Abrasive

Desist 

Irate 

Suppress

Correct answer:

Prevent 

Explanation:

“Avert” means turn away or prevent. To provide further help, “desist” means stop; “abrasive” means rude; “irate” means angry; “suppress” means hold down, conceal

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

APPROVE

Possible Answers:

Ignore

Bash

Ruin

Accept

Correct answer:

Accept

Explanation:

"Approve" is a verb that means accept or agree to, so the answer choice closest in meaning is "accept," a verb that means agree to. Considering the other answer choices, none are close in meaning to "approve": "reject," when used as a verb, means refuse to accept or deny; "bash," when used as a verb, means hit or pummel, especially in the case in which an object is used to do the hitting; and "ruin," when used as a verb, means destroy.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

BARTER

Possible Answers:

Rent

Exchange

Sneak

Borrow

Sidle

Correct answer:

Exchange

Explanation:

To "barter" is to trade or "exchange" one thing for another. The other words do not match the connotation of "barter" as well. "Renting" indicates borrowing; "sneaking" is stealthily lurking around; and "sidling" is moving secretly.

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