SSAT Middle 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

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

ALIGN

Possible Answers:

arrange in a line

lecture

illuminate

lie

disrupt

Correct answer:

arrange in a line

Explanation:

Align means to arrange in a line.

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

Synonyms

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

FORAGE

Possible Answers:

deflect

scavenge

emerge

abide

leap

Correct answer:

scavenge

Explanation:

Forage means to scavenge.

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

A synonym of "fumble" is __________.

Possible Answers:

walk gracefully

look quickly

talk aimlessly

search blindly

wander around

Correct answer:

search blindly

Explanation:

One meaning of "fumble" is "to search for something by reaching or touching with your fingers in an awkward or clumsy way," we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "search for." While both "search blindly" and "look quickly" could mean "search for," "search blindly" is the better answer because "blindly" conveys the "awkward or clumsy way" of searching that "fumble" conveys.

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

A synonym of "mar" is __________.

Possible Answers:

jar

complement

provide

spoil

whet

Correct answer:

spoil

Explanation:

"Mar" is a verb that means "to ruin the beauty or perfection of something" or "to hurt or damage the good condition of something," so we need to pick out a word that means something like "to ruin" or "to damage." Since one meaning of "spoil" is "to have a bad effect on something" or "to damage or ruin something," "spoil" is closest in meaning to "mar" of the given answer choices, so it is the correct answer.

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

A synonym of "encroach" is __________.

Possible Answers:

trespass

glower

pacify

enroll

utter

Correct answer:

trespass

Explanation:

"Encroach" is a verb that means "intrude on a person's territory or a thing considered to be a right," we need to pick out another verb that means "intrude on." While "enroll" sounds like "encroach," "enroll" means "officially register as a member of an institution or a student on a course"; since it does not mean the same thing as "encroach," it can't be the right answer. "Trespass," however, means "enter the owner's land or property without permission" or "commit an offense against (a person or a set of rules)." Since the first meaning of "trespass" is similar to the meaning of "encroach," "trespass" is the correct answer.

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

A synonym of "amble" is __________.

Possible Answers:

embark

saunter

dash

scamper

run

Correct answer:

saunter

Explanation:

"Amble" is a word that means "walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace," so we need to pick out another word that means "walk," and more specifically, "walk at a relaxed pace." While "scamper," "run," and "dash" all refer to movement, they refer to quick movement, not a form of movement that is "at a slow, relaxed pace." Only "saunter," which means "to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner," means "to walk" and includes the connotation of the movement being relaxed and "leisurely." Because of this, "saunter" is closest in meaning to "amble" of the given answer choices, so "saunter" is the correct answer.

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

A synonym of "wilt" is . . .

Possible Answers:

limp

pester

droop

frugal

resplendent

Correct answer:

droop

Explanation:

"Wilt" is a verb that refers to plants and means "become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease." So, we need to pick out another verb that means something like "become limp." While "droop" and "limp" might both look like potentially correct answers, "limp" cannot be the correct answer because while "wilt" means "to become limp," "limp" as a verb does not mean "become limp" - it means "walk with difficulty, typically because of a damaged or stiff leg or foot." So, "limp" cannot be the correct answer. "Droop," however, means "bend or hang downward limply," so "droop" is the correct answer because it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "wilt."

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

Synonyms

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

ABRIDGE

Possible Answers:

censor

breach

dam

shorten

cross

Correct answer:

shorten

Explanation:

"Abridge" means to shorten, as in a text.

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

Synonyms

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

CAVORT

Possible Answers:

steal

poison

frolic

emptiness

extort

Correct answer:

frolic

Explanation:

"Cavort" means to frolic, to prance.

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

A synonym of "saturate" is __________.

Possible Answers:

invent

stabilize

drench

calm

condense

Correct answer:

drench

Explanation:

"Saturate" is a verb that means "cause something to become thoroughly soaked with liquid so that no more can be absorbed," so we need to pick out a verb that means something like "soak." While "condense" might look like a good answer choice because it is a verb that has to do with water, "condense" actually means "make something denser or more concentrated" or "change or cause to change from a gas or vapor to a liquid." Since "condense" is not synonymous with "saturate," it can't be the correct answer. "Drench," however, means "wet thoroughly; soak," and because it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "saturate," "drench" is the correct answer.

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