ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, or Location

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

MITIGATE

Possible Answers:

diminish

sate

feign

mollify

depict

Correct answer:

diminish

Explanation:

"Mitigate" means to diminish or lessen. "Mollify" means to pacify or soothe. "Depict" means to describe or illustrate. "Feign" means to pretend or fake. "Sate" means to satisfy.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

WHITTLE

Possible Answers:

emulate

extend

incise

boycott

pare

Correct answer:

pare

Explanation:

"Whittle" and "pare" both mean to cut away at or reduce. "Extend" means to make larger or longer. "Emulate" means to copy the actions of. "Boycott" means to ban or refrain from using. "Incise" means to cut into

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

KINDLE

Possible Answers:

withdraw

extemporize

extinguish

quench

ignite

Correct answer:

ignite

Explanation:

"Kindle" and "ignite" both mean to start a fire. "Quench" means to satisfy. "Extinguish" means to put out or douse. "Extemporize" means to improvise or ad-lib. "Withdraw" means to remove something or someone from a situation

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

STIPPLE

Possible Answers:

dapple

stupefy

transmute

vilify

surmise

Correct answer:

dapple

Explanation:

"Stipple" and "dapple" both mean to mark with numerous small dots or marks. "Stupefy" means to stun or astonish. "Surmise" means to come to a conclusion. "Transmute" means to convert or alter. "Vilify" means to criticize over harshly.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

STANCH

Possible Answers:

evince

proscribe

promulgate

undulate

halt

Correct answer:

halt

Explanation:

"Stanch" and "halt" both mean to stop. "Undulate" means to rise and fall. "Proscribe" means to condemn or exclude. "Promulgate" means to make known or declare. "Evince" means to manifest or disclose.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

QUELL

Possible Answers:

foment

annihilate

gouge

aver

aggravate

Correct answer:

annihilate

Explanation:

"Quell" and "annihilate" both mean to defeat or crush. "Aggravate" means to irritate or provoke. "Gouge" means to cut or scoop. "Aver" means to maintain or affirm. "Foment" means to instigate or provoke.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

DALLY

Possible Answers:

stoke

stifle

hasten

attenuate

dawdle

Correct answer:

dawdle

Explanation:

"Dally" and "dawdle" both mean to delay. "Hasten" means to speed something or hurry. "Attenuate" means to weaken or constrict. "Stifle" means to prevent or restrain. "Stoke" means to fuel or feed

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

CAULK

Possible Answers:

palliate

shutter

disjoin

inure

impinge

Correct answer:

shutter

Explanation:

"Caulk" and "shutter" both mean to close or shut off. "Disjoin" means to become separated. "Impinge" means to trespass or encroach. "Inure" means to accustom or acclimatize. "Palliate" means to gloss over or cover up

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

ABRIDGE

Possible Answers:

accept

span

connect

regress

shorten

Correct answer:

shorten

Explanation:

The word “abridge” is related to “abbreviate,” which you likely know. Both terms in general mean to shorten from a longer form. The word “abridge” is used to describe the process or act of shortening a text. You can find abridged versions of long texts. Sometimes, these are used in classes to give students a general sense of the text even though they do not have time to read the whole book. The goal in abridging is to present the meaning of the text in spite of the shortening. Note that this can apply to any text, thus including things like movie scripts and poems.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

MAR

Possible Answers:

Murmur

Waste

Implore

Enchant

Disfigure

Correct answer:

Disfigure

Explanation:

Mar means to disfigure the appearance of something.

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