ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

A synonym of "enamor" is __________.

Possible Answers:

hold

mingle

enrapture

disgust

provide

Correct answer:

enrapture

Explanation:

"Enamor" is a verb that means "be filled with a feeling of love for" or "have a liking or admiration for." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "be filled with love for," "have a liking of." So, "disgust" cannot be the correct answer, because as a verb, "disgust" means "cause (someone) to feel revulsion or profound disapproval," making it an antonym, not a synonym, of "enamor." "Enrapture," however, is a verb that means "give intense pleasure or joy to," and because "enrapture" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "enamor," "enrapture" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

Despise

Possible Answers:

to engage

to hate

to participate

to reserve

to enjoy

Correct answer:

to hate

Explanation:

"Despise" means to hate.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

Survive

Possible Answers:

to live

to reject

to understand

to disappear

to study

Correct answer:

to live

Explanation:

"Survive" means to live or remain alive.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

PROVOKE

Possible Answers:

Annoy

Hate

Calm

Invoke

Correct answer:

Annoy

Explanation:

"Provoke" means to annoy. "Annoy" is the best choice as it is a part of the definition of "provoke". Though related, "invoke" is a different word which means to call.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

FLABBERGAST

Possible Answers:

Improve

Astound

Expect

Delay

Go

Correct answer:

Astound

Explanation:

"Flabbergast" is a verb that means astonish, so we need to pick out an answer choice that is a verb that means something like astonish. So, "expect" cannot be the correct answer, because if you expect something to happen, it cannot be a surprise, and we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "surprise." "Astound," however, is an verb that means shock or surprise, and because it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "flabbergast," "astound" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

PETRIFY

Possible Answers:

Exchange

Adore

Encourage

Discuss

Terrify

Correct answer:

Terrify

Explanation:

"Petrify" is a verb that can mean either acutely frighten or slowly change something into stone. While "adore" and "terrify" both describe actions that have to do with emotions people feel, "adore" means love and venerate. Because "adore" does not mean the same thing that "petrify" does, it cannot be the correct answer. "Terrify," however, is a verb that means cause to be very afraid, and because "terrify" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "petrify," "terrify" is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

CHERISH

Possible Answers:

Rich

Adore

Magnificent

Kingly

Correct answer:

Adore

Explanation:

The word "cherish" means have love for or treat as dear. The best choice is "adore" as it shares the same defintion as "cherish." Considering the other choices, "rich" means having wealth or great possessions, "kingly" means resembling or befitting a king, and "magnificent" means extraordinary.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

EXASPERATE

Possible Answers:

Soothe

Exonerate

Extend

Forewarn

Infuriate

Correct answer:

Infuriate

Explanation:

The word "exasperate" means irritate, annoy,or madden extremely; therefore, "infuriate" is the word that most closely matches the definition of "exasperate." "Soothe," which means make calm, is an opposite of "exasperate," and therefore incorrect. "Exonerate," which means absolve or find somebody innocent of wrongdoing, and "extend," which means stretch or make longer, are unrelated to the definition of "exasperate" and therefore also incorrect.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

LOATHE

Possible Answers:

Refuse

Loiter

Despise

Adore

Correct answer:

Despise

Explanation:

"Loathe" means feel disgusted by someone or something or intensely dislike someone or something. "Despise" is the word that most closely matches this definition. "Adore" is the opposite of "loathe," and "loiter," which means linger, and "refuse" are both unrelated to the definition.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

PROVOKE

Possible Answers:

Postpone

Reinforce

Facilitate

Aggravate

Correct answer:

Aggravate

Explanation:

"Provoke" means to angerto enrage, or to incite. "Aggravate," which means to annoy or to make worse, is the correct answer because its meaning is most similar to that of "provoke."

 

Incorrect answers:

"Postpone" means to put off to a later time, as in the sentence, "I will be late for our meeting at 3:00, so can we postpone it to 4:00?"

"Facilitate" means to make easier, as in the sentence, "The teacher moved closer to the school to facilitate her commute."

"Reinforce" means to make stronger, as in the sentence, "The wooden railway is falling apart so we need to reinforce it with steel."

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