ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Each synonyms question is made up of a word in capital letters followed by five choices. Choose the one word that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SUCCUMB:

Possible Answers:

concur

appease

yield

acquiesce

sanction

Correct answer:

yield

Explanation:

If someone succumbs, it means they yield or surrender; an example is succumbing in battle.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

AMELIORATE

Possible Answers:

grind

quiet

provoke

improve

Correct answer:

improve

Explanation:

Ameliorate means to make better or improve.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

USURP

Possible Answers:

settle

abolish

seize

donate

truncate

Correct answer:

seize

Explanation:

"Usurp" means to take without permission. "Truncate" is incorrect because it means to reduce, "donate" means to give away, and abolish means to get rid of. "Seize" is the only possible answer choice, which means to take.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

OBVIATE

Possible Answers:

pulverize

scrutinize

preclude

quip

ruffle

Correct answer:

preclude

Explanation:

"Obviate" and "preclude" both mean to make unnecessary. "Pulverize" means to smash or destroy. "Quip" means to make a witty remark or retort. "Ruffle" means to upset or irritate. "Scrutinize" means to examine closely

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

JEOPARDIZE

Possible Answers:

jettison

incite

imperil

garner

warp

Correct answer:

imperil

Explanation:

"Jeopardize" and "imperil" both mean to put at risk or in danger. "Jettison" means to eject or expel. "Garner" means to collect or accumulate. "Incite" means provoke or inspire to action. "Warp" means to distort or cause to be misshapen

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ESCHEW

Possible Answers:

overlook

forgo

disdain

ignore

spurn

Correct answer:

forgo

Explanation:

The word “eschew” is a rather strange English word meaning to avoid the use of (something) or to forgo the use of. For instance, it would be used in a sentence like, “Since Harold had allergic reactions to all kinds of strawberries, he chose to eschew them entirely, rather than risk any contact with the potentially deadly fruits.”

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

EASE

Possible Answers:

juxtapose

angst

mitigate

cater

intuition

Correct answer:

mitigate

Explanation:

The crucial thing to realize when approaching this problem is that "ease" can function either as a noun or as a verb. We have both nouns and verbs listed in the possible answer choices, so it's important to consider each of the word's different meanings. As a noun, "ease" means a lack of difficulty; neither "angst" nor "intuition" match that meaning. As a verb, "ease" means lessen the severity of something bad. As "mitigate" means cause to become less severe, it is the best answer choice.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

MITIGATE

Possible Answers:

Inure

Anodize

Aggravate

Assuage

Rouse

Correct answer:

Assuage

Explanation:

"Mitigate" and "assuage" both mean to diminish or lighten. "Aggravate" means to annoy or irritate. "Rouse" means to wake or stimulate. "Anodize" means to gild or encrust. "Inure" means to accustom or acclimate

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

USURP

Possible Answers:

Repine

Relinquish

Recant

Supplant

Stipulate

Correct answer:

Supplant

Explanation:

"Usurp" and "supplant" both mean to take over. "Recant" means to take back something said. "Relinquish" means to give up or let go. "Repine" means to complain or fret. "Stipulate" means to decide on conditions.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SUSTAIN

Possible Answers:

Break

Suffer

Crumble

Bumble

Kindle

Correct answer:

Suffer

Explanation:

"Sustain" is a verb with a variety of meanings, including "strengthen or support physically or mentally," "cause to continue or be prolonged for an extended period or without interruption," "undergo or suffer something unpleasant, especially an injury," or "uphold, affirm, or confirm the justice or validity of." Neither "crumble" nor "break" can be the correct answer because each word is an antonym of the second meaning of "sustain," "cause to continue or be prolonged for an extended period or without interruption." "Suffer," however, is synonymous with the third meaning of "sustain," "undergo or suffer something unpleasant, especially an injury." Because "suffer" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "sustain," it is the correct answer.

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