SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

ELICIT

Possible Answers:

consume

never mention

forget

put in

draw out

Correct answer:

draw out

Explanation:

Elicit means to draw out.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

A synonym of "behoove" is __________.

Possible Answers:

be proper for

be different from

be similar to

decorous

reveal

Correct answer:

be proper for

Explanation:

"Behoove" is a verb that means "to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for," so we need to pick out another word or phrase that has a similar meaning. While "decorous" might look like a good answer choice because "decorous" means "proper," "decorous" is an adjective while "behoove" is a verb, so "decorous" cannot be the correct answer. Because "be proper for" is closest in meaning to "behoove" of the given answer choices, "be proper for" is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

A synonym of "dovetail" is __________.

Possible Answers:

part

disentangle

combine

explore

harmonize

Correct answer:

harmonize

Explanation:

"Dovetail" is a verb that means "to fit together in a pleasing or satisfying way," so we need to pick out another word that means "to fit together well." While "combine" means "unite" or "merge," it does not include the positive connotation that "dovetail" does in that "merge" does not necessarily entail two things combining "in a pleasing or satisfying way." "Harmonize," however, besides meaning "to play or sing different musical notes that sound pleasing together," also means "to be combined or go together in a pleasing way." Because "harmonize" not only means "combine" but also includes the positive connotation of "in a pleasing way," "harmonize" is the best answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

Dispute

Possible Answers:

Harmony

Economy

Argument

Battle

Residence

Correct answer:

Argument

Explanation:

"Dispute" means argument.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

Participate

Possible Answers:

to select

to inquire

to partake

to convince

to reveal

Correct answer:

to partake

Explanation:

"Participate" means to partake or take part in; to reveal means to disclose something secretive; to select means to choose; to inquire means to ask or question; and to convince is to change a person's opinon.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

Aid

Possible Answers:

to attack

to complain

to stop

to help

to defeat

Correct answer:

to help

Explanation:

"Aid" means to help.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

Affect

Possible Answers:

to believe

to influence

to work with

to achieve

to ensure

Correct answer:

to influence

Explanation:

"Affect" means to impact or influence.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

DISCRIMINATE

Possible Answers:

Spite

Excuse

Differentiate

Reject

Blend

Correct answer:

Differentiate

Explanation:

"Discriminate" means differentiate or make a biased decision about how you treat a group or a member of that group, so "differentiate" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

ASSAIL

Possible Answers:

Abandon 

Jest 

Attack 

Defend 

Portend 

Correct answer:

Attack 

Explanation:

To "assail" something is to attack it. You will most often hear it in expressions such as "the army assailed their opponent’s position." For clarification, "abandon" means to throw away; "jest" means joke; "portend" means foreshadow or warn.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

SHRIEK

Possible Answers:

Question

Decrease

Silence

Scream

Dispute

Correct answer:

Scream

Explanation:

"Shriek" means scream. "Silence" to make or become quiet. "Question" means interrogate. "Dispute" means debate or discuss. "Decrease" means lessen.

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