SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

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Example Question #307 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

MOLLIFY. 

Possible Answers:

Ministration 

Disobey 

Placate 

Oppose 

Congenial

Correct answer:

Placate 

Explanation:

To “mollify” someone means to calm them down or to placate them. For clarification, "ministration" means to provide support; "congenial" means friendly.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

BROOD

Possible Answers:

hide

fret

annex

challenge

preclude

Correct answer:

fret

Explanation:

"Brood" means to worry or to fret.

Example Question #308 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

LULL.

Possible Answers:

Calm

Allow

Suggest

Constrain 

Perceive

Correct answer:

Calm

Explanation:

A “lull” can be a verb or a noun but in either instance is a synonym for calm. It can be used either to describe a calm, as in “there was a lull in the storm . . .” or to calm, as in “he helped lull the restless animal . . .” For clarification, perceive means detect or identify some characteristic;constrain means to forcibly restrict somebody or something.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

APPEASE. 

Possible Answers:

Pacify 

Jaunty 

Secede

Idolize 

Atrophy

Correct answer:

Pacify 

Explanation:

“Appease” means to calm someone or make something better, so the correct answer is “pacify,” which means to bring peace and calm. For clarification, secede means to break away; idolize means worship; atrophy refers to the wasting away of some part of the body, like muscle; jaunty means cheerful.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

Assuage

Possible Answers:

Bask

Fool

Surrender

Relieve

Rectify

Correct answer:

Relieve

Explanation:

To "assuage" is to relieve, to soothe, or to make less severe.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

Synonyms

Abhor

Possible Answers:

Differentiate

Terminate

Support

Hate

Abolish

Correct answer:

Hate

Explanation:

"Abhor" means to hate. Abolish and terminate means to end and differentiate means to distinguish.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

Revel

Possible Answers:

to examine

to enjoy

to fetter

to mimic

to compliment

Correct answer:

to enjoy

Explanation:

"Revel" means to enjoy or party; to compliment means to praise someone; to fetter means to restrain; to mimic means to copy; and to examine means to look carefully.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

VEX

Possible Answers:

Dissipate

Avert

Irritate

Ridicule

Derive

Correct answer:

Irritate

Explanation:

"Vex" means to irritate. "Derive" means to obtain or acquire something. "Dissipate" means to disperse. "Avert" means to turn away or avoid. "Ridicule" means to mock or to laugh at.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

FLABBERGAST

Possible Answers:

Renovate

Construct

Align

Surprise

Concentrate

Correct answer:

Surprise

Explanation:

"Flabbergast" means astonish or surprise, so "surprise" is the correct answer. "Concentrate" means focus or pay close attention to. "Construct" means build or erect. "Align" means line up or put in order. "Renovate" means restore or refurbish.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

LAMENT

Possible Answers:

to extinguish

to revolve

to mourn

to endorse

to prod

Correct answer:

to mourn

Explanation:

"Lament" means to mourn or to express sorrow or grief. "Revolve" means to orbit or to circle. "Prod" means to poke. "Extinguish" means to put out something, usually a fire. "Endorse" means to support or approve.

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