SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, and Location

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

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word in the sentence?

The young boy was so hungry that he gorged himself on dinner.  

Possible Answers:

stuffed

left

missed

None of the above

skipped

Correct answer:

stuffed

Explanation:

To stuff yourself with food would be the same thing as to gorge yourself. Both meaning "over-eating." 

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

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word in the sentence?

The snake slithered effortlessly across the the grass.

Possible Answers:

ran

glided

walked

None of the above

stopped

Correct answer:

glided

Explanation:

Slithered and glided both refer to the snake's movement.  

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

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word in the sentence?

The grasshopper leapt from my hands.  

Possible Answers:

sat

None of the above

stuck

sit

stayed

Correct answer:

None of the above

Explanation:

None of the above words describe that the grasshopper jumped or left the person's hands. 

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

A synonym of “stretch” is __________.

Possible Answers:

speak

shrink

magnify

consider

extend

Correct answer:

extend

Explanation:

“Stretch” is a verb that refers to things that are soft or elastic and means “be made or be capable of being made longer or wider without tearing or breaking,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “be made longer.” That means that “shrink” cannot be the correct answer, because “shrink” means “to become or make smaller in size or amount,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “stretch.” “Extend,” however, is a verb that means “cause to cover a larger area; make longer or wider,” and because “extend” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “stretch,” “extend” is the correct answer.

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

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word?

The volcano's lava burst into the sky.

Possible Answers:

crept

left

dripped

exploded

None of the above

Correct answer:

exploded

Explanation:

The word "exploded" could replace "burst" to describe how the lava erupts from the top of a volcano. 

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

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word?

We had to merge two packs of sugar to create one cup.

Possible Answers:

combine

replace

move

lose

None of the above

Correct answer:

combine

Explanation:

"Merge" can replaced with "combine" to maintain a similar meaning.

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

Synonyms: Which word could have similar meaning to the one that is underlined in the sentence?

The gigantic beast came lumbering along.

Possible Answers:

angrily

hissing

plodding

racing

growling

Correct answer:

plodding

Explanation:

"Lumbering" means moving heavily in a bulky and massive fashion. "Plodding" is most similar in this context.

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

Repair

Possible Answers:

to wear

to destroy

to drive

to fix

to raise

Correct answer:

to fix

Explanation:

Repair means to fix.

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

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Cling

Possible Answers:

to speak

to throw away

to hold on

to attack

to decide

Correct answer:

to hold on

Explanation:

"Cling" means to hold on.

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

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Appear

Possible Answers:

to steal

to show up

to make friends

to farm

to continue

Correct answer:

to show up

Explanation:

"Appear" means to become visible, or show up.

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