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:

skipped

left

stuffed

None of the above

missed

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:

walked

glided

None of the above

ran

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:

sit

stayed

stuck

None of the above

sat

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:

consider

shrink

speak

extend

magnify

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:

exploded

left

None of the above

crept

dripped

Correct answer:

exploded

Explanation:

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

Example Question #5 : 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:

replace

combine

lose

None of the above

move

Correct answer:

combine

Explanation:

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

Example Question #6 : 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:

hissing

plodding

racing

angrily

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 destroy

to raise

to fix

to drive

to wear

Correct answer:

to fix

Explanation:

Repair means to fix.

Example Question #7 : 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 decide

to hold on

to attack

Correct answer:

to hold on

Explanation:

"Cling" means to hold on.

Example Question #8 : 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 farm

to show up

to continue

to make friends

to steal

Correct answer:

to show up

Explanation:

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

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