HSPT Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, and Understanding

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for HSPT Verbal

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

LAUD

Possible Answers:

praise

challenge

conform

provoke

correct

Correct answer:

praise

Explanation:

"Laud" means to praise highly.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

PROPOUND

Possible Answers:

proceed

condemn

choose

offer

conciliate

Correct answer:

offer

Explanation:

"Propound" means to put forward or offer for consideration.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

CHORTLE

Possible Answers:

Understand

Laugh

Pen

Deflate

Preserve

Correct answer:

Laugh

Explanation:

"Chortle" means to chuckle gleefully, so "laugh" is the correct answer because it is the closest synonym amongst the given answer choices.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DENOTE

Possible Answers:

Indicate

Prescribe

Uncover

Expound

Criticize

Correct answer:

Indicate

Explanation:

"Denote" means to be a sign of, or to indicate.

Example Question #1751 : Identifying Synonyms

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

CAJOLE

Possible Answers:

Rejuvinate

Injure

Persuade

Celebrate

Conciliate

Correct answer:

Persuade

Explanation:

"Cajole" means to persuade using coaxing and flattery.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ACCENTUATE

Possible Answers:

Amass

Highlight

Frustrate

Confront

Undermine

Correct answer:

Highlight

Explanation:

"Accentuate" means to highlight or emphasize. "Undermine" means to weaken. "Confront" means to come face-to-face with, or to challenge. "Amass" means to accumulate or gather. "Frustrate" to foil or block a plan or some action.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

OSTRACIZE

Possible Answers:

Exclude

Birdlike

Burn

Include

Craft

Correct answer:

Exclude

Explanation:

"Ostracize" means exclude or banish someone from something, so "exclude" is the correct answer. Considering the other answer choices, "include" cannot be the correct answer becuase "include" means accept or welcome into a group, making it an antonym of "ostracize" and "exclude." "Birdlike" means avian, "burn" means set on fire or injure with fire, and "craft," when used as a verb, means make or construct.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

COAX

Possible Answers:

Persuade

Buffet

Withdraw

Diminish

Classify

Correct answer:

Persuade

Explanation:

"Coax" means to convince or to "persuade." "Buffet" means to strike something, such as with a punch. "Classify" means to arrange into classes or groups usually based on similar or shared qualities. "Diminish" means to lessen or to decrease. "Withdraw" means to rescind, to remove, or to retreat.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

BEMOAN

Possible Answers:

Pollute

Bewilder

Lament

Devastate

Dispute

Correct answer:

Lament

Explanation:

"Bemoan" means show sadness about something, so "lament," a word that when used as a verb means grieve or wail, is the correct answer. "Devastate" means destroy or wreck. "Bewilder" means confuse or baffle. "Dispute" means to debate or to argue. "Pollute" means to contaiminate or to poison.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ELUCIDATE

Possible Answers:

Douse

Clarify

Strengthen

Construct

Undermine

Correct answer:

Clarify

Explanation:

"Elucidate" means to clarify; to strengthen is to make stronger; to undermine is to weaken; to douse is to drench; and to construct is to build.

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