ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance and Sensory Imagery

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for ISEE Lower Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance And Sensory Imagery

A synonym of "corrugated" is __________.

Possible Answers:

fuzzy

bloated

speckled

flat

grooved

Correct answer:

grooved

Explanation:

"Corrugated" is an adjective that refers to a material, surface, or structure and means "shaped into alternate ridges and grooves." So, "flat" cannot be the correct answer because it is an antonym, not a synonym, of "corrugated." "Grooved," however, is an adjective that means "provided with or having a groove or grooves," and because it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "corrugated," it is the correct answer.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance And Sensory Imagery

A synonym of "durable" is __________.

Possible Answers:

fragile

meager

exact

ominous

hardy

Correct answer:

hardy

Explanation:

"Durable" is an adjective that means "able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing," so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "able to withstand wear." "Fragile" cannot be the correct answer, then, because "fragile" means the opposite of "durable," so it is an antonym, not a synonym, of "durable." "Hardy," however, is an adjective that means "robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions" and because "hardy" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "durable," "hardy" is the correct answer.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance And Sensory Imagery

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

Firm

Possible Answers:

Light

Colorful

Hard

Soft

Thin

Correct answer:

Hard

Explanation:

"Firm" means hard.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance And Sensory Imagery

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

VACANT

Possible Answers:

Evacuate

Empty

Absent

Lively

Correct answer:

Empty

Explanation:

"Vacant" means empty. "Empty" is the best choice because it is a part of the definiton for "vacant." Considering the other choices, "lively" means energetic, "absent" means away or missing, and "evacuate" means to leave an area because it is dangerous. "Evacuate" is not as good a choice because it is a verb, while "vacant" is an adjective.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance And Sensory Imagery

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

PERMEABLE

Possible Answers:

Changing

Sponge

Porous

Permanent

Correct answer:

Porous

Explanation:

The word "permeable" means full of small holes that let liquids and objects of a certain size pass through. The best answer choice is "porous," which means full of small holes that allow air or liquids to pass through. Considering the other choices, a "sponge" is something that is permeable, "permanent" means lasting forever and unchanging, and "changing" is an antonym of permanent. 

Example Question #911 : Identifying Synonyms

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

JAGGED

Possible Answers:

Flat

Level

Even

Rough

Correct answer:

Rough

Explanation:

The correct answer is "rough." Both "rough" and "jagged" mean having a coarse, uneven surface. The other words all mean smooth, so they are antonyms, or opposites, of "jagged."

Example Question #912 : Identifying Synonyms

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

EDIBLE

Possible Answers:

Nutritious

Decadent

Delicious

Digestible

Correct answer:

Digestible

Explanation:

The correct answer is "digestible." "Edible" and "digestible" both mean able to be eaten. The other words have to do with food, but do not have to do with the ability of something to be eaten.

Example Question #913 : Identifying Synonyms

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

TEPID

Possible Answers:

Lukewarm

Clever

Scold

Deep

Correct answer:

Lukewarm

Explanation:

"Tepid" means moderately warm. The best choice is "lukewarm" because it also means moderately warm. Considering the other choices, "scold" means find fault with angrily and verbally"clever" means intelligent or witty, and "deep" means extending far beneath the surface.

Example Question #914 : Identifying Synonyms

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

EDIBLE

Possible Answers:

Able to be eaten 

Able to be tasted

Able to be heard 

Able to be drunk 

Able to be seen 

Correct answer:

Able to be eaten 

Explanation:

"Edible" means able to be eaten. Notice the suffix "-ible," which suggests that a word means able to be something. Watch for suffix and prefix patterns in English, as they can help you figure out the meanings of words you have not seen before.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance And Sensory Imagery

Synonyms: Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

DRY

Possible Answers:

Moist

Daring

Feisty

Arid

Correct answer:

Arid

Explanation:

"Dry" is defined as without moisture or liquid. Since "arid" climates are characterized as dry and having little rain, "arid" is the best answer choice. "Moist" is an antonym of "dry."

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