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

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

LAUD

Possible Answers:

challenge

conform

provoke

correct

praise

Correct answer:

praise

Explanation:

"Laud" means to praise highly.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

PROPOUND

Possible Answers:

choose

offer

condemn

conciliate

proceed

Correct answer:

offer

Explanation:

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

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

CHORTLE

Possible Answers:

Laugh

Deflate

Pen

Preserve

Understand

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 #4 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DENOTE

Possible Answers:

Criticize

Prescribe

Indicate

Expound

Uncover

Correct answer:

Indicate

Explanation:

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

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

CAJOLE

Possible Answers:

Injure

Rejuvinate

Persuade

Celebrate

Conciliate

Correct answer:

Persuade

Explanation:

"Cajole" means to persuade using coaxing and flattery.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ACCENTUATE

Possible Answers:

Highlight

Confront

Amass

Undermine

Frustrate

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 #7 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

OSTRACIZE

Possible Answers:

Include

Craft

Exclude

Birdlike

Burn

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 #8 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

COAX

Possible Answers:

Classify

Buffet

Diminish

Persuade

Withdraw

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 #9 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

BEMOAN

Possible Answers:

Lament

Pollute

Devastate

Dispute

Bewilder

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 #10 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ELUCIDATE

Possible Answers:

Strengthen

Undermine

Construct

Douse

Clarify

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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