ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, and Understanding

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

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "goad" is __________.

Possible Answers:

belittle

ask

waver

urge

facilitate

Correct answer:

urge

Explanation:

Since "goad" is a verb that means provoke or annoy someone so as to simulate some action or reaction, we're looking for a verb that means something like provoke. While "ask" might seem like a good answer because asking someone to do something is one way to get them to do it, it is not a synonym of "goad," so it is not the correct answer. "Urge," on the other hand, means try earnestly or persistently to persuade someone to do something; since it is closest in meaning to "goad," it is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "heed" is . . .

Possible Answers:

ignore

pay attention to

go around

dissociate from

open

Correct answer:

pay attention to

Explanation:

While "ignore" might look like a potentially correct answer, "heed" actually means "pay attention to" or "take notice of," so "ignore" is actually an antonym of "heed" and cannot be the correct answer. "Pay attention to" is synonymous with "heed," so "pay attention to" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

GARBLE

Possible Answers:

Unscramble

Confuse

Lose

Consume

Correct answer:

Confuse

Explanation:

"Garble" means confuse or jumble, so "confuse" is the correct answer. "Unscramble" means the opposite of "garble."

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

BILK

Possible Answers:

Falter

Impale

Assist

Collapse

Defraud

Correct answer:

Defraud

Explanation:

"Bilk" is a verb that means cheat or swindle, so "defraud" is the best match, as it means deprive of something by trickery or fraud.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

QUARREL

Possible Answers:

Calm

Argument

Quarry

Announcement

Correct answer:

Argument

Explanation:

A "quarrel" is an argument. The best choice is "argument" as it is a part of the definition of "quarrel." Considering the other choices, a "quarry" is a pit from which stone is obtained, "calm" means peaceful, and an "announcement" is a formal message where information is made publically known for the first time.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

ULULATE

Possible Answers:

Lose

Very late

Whimper

Yell

Correct answer:

Yell

Explanation:

"Ululate" means shout loudly, typically in sadness. The best option is "yell," which means cry out. Considering the other options, "lose" means fail or suffer loss, "very late" means occurring at a time quite a period of time after a usual time, and "whimper" means cry with low, broken sounds.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

HEED

Possible Answers:

Ignore

Honor

Listen to

Stengthen 

Praise

Correct answer:

Listen to

Explanation:

To "heed" means to listen to. For example, one might write, "John did not heed his father's warning to wear his helmet when he rode his bike to school yesterday." So, "listen to" is the correct answer.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

CARP

Possible Answers:

Condone 

Assess

Permit 

Complain

Portray 

Correct answer:

Complain

Explanation:

"Carp" means to complain, especially about things that are not very important. To further help you, "portray" means depict or show; "assess" means to judge or evaluate. "Condone" and "permit" are quite similar in meaning, almost synonyms, but there is a slight difference: "permit" means to allow; "condone" means to be willing to overlook something that is wrong.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

ALLUDE

Possible Answers:

Summon 

Inquire 

Debunk 

Credit 

Hint 

Correct answer:

Hint 

Explanation:

"Allude" means to hint at or to suggest. To further help you, "debunk" means to prove something is wrong; "inquire" means to ask; "credit" means to give praise and recognition; "summon" means send for or call for

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

PONDER

Possible Answers:

Presume 

Wonder 

Explain 

Understand 

Favor 

Correct answer:

Wonder 

Explanation:

To "ponder" means to wonder or think about, so "wonder" is the synonym.

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