HSPT Verbal : Synonyms

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms

Modify most nearly means

Possible Answers:

soothe

alter

stop

force

Correct answer:

alter

Explanation:

"Modify" means "to change or alter", so alter is the best answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

Incinerate most nearly means

Possible Answers:

start

choose

climb

burn

Correct answer:

burn

Explanation:

"Incinerate" means to "cause to burn to ashes". 

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

"Agile" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

calculating

quick

devious

tricky

sloppy

Correct answer:

quick

Explanation:

Someone who is "agile" is able to move quickly and with great coordination. Therefore, "quick," or speedy, will be our best synonym.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

"Lethargic" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

slow

frigid

lucid

dextrous

agile

Correct answer:

slow

Explanation:

"Lethargic," coming from the noun "lethargy," means someone who is being slow or sluggish, or does not want to move or do anything. It could mean lazy or just tired. In this case, "slow" is our best choice.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms

Vague most nearly means:

An antonym of "precise" is __________.

Possible Answers:

sluggish

unspecific

thoughtful

careful

evil

Correct answer:

unspecific

Explanation:

"Precise" means exact, so we need to pick out a word that means not exact. A synonym of "exact" is "specific," so "unspecific," which means not specific, is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms

"Avarice" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

anger

passion

hunger

laziness

greed

Correct answer:

greed

Explanation:

"Avarice" means greed, so "greed" is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms

"Lucid" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

relaxed

reflective

unintentional

understandable

useless

Correct answer:

understandable

Explanation:

"Lucid" comes from the Latin root "lux" meaning light. It means clear, understandable, or bright. So, "understandable" is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms

"Archaic" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

useless

frustrating

new

old

meaningless

Correct answer:

old

Explanation:

Something that is "archaic" is very old and usually no longer in use. For instance, there are some words in Old English that are still technically English but are never used; these words would be considered archaic. Therefore, "old" is our best choice.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

"Tenuous" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

early

rough

empty

weak

strong

Correct answer:

weak

Explanation:

"Tenuous" usually means thin or weak, so "weak" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

"Frugal" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

easy

thrifty

lavish

generous

melancholic

Correct answer:

thrifty

Explanation:

Someone who is "frugal" does not like to spend money—they hunt for deals and get the most out of every penny. While they're not necessarily greedy, they would definitely be "thrifty."

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