ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Identifying Synonyms

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #195 : Synonyms

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

RELUCTANT

Possible Answers:

Cantankerous

Demonic 

Unwilling 

Susceptible 

Enthused 

Correct answer:

Unwilling 

Explanation:

“Reluctant” means not willing, so "unwilling" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "reluctant": “cantankerous” means grumpy; “enthused” means excited; “demonic” means marked by qualities of the devil or of demons; “susceptible” means vulnerable or in danger from something specific.

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

HOSTILE

Possible Answers:

Hateful

Complicated

Courteous

Lively

Correct answer:

Hateful

Explanation:

The word "hostile" means not friendly or like an enemy. The best choice is "hateful," which means expressing hate or dislike of something. Considering the other choices, "complicated" means difficult to understand, "courteous" means polite, and "lively" means energetic.

Example Question #31 : Identifying Synonyms

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

CANTANKEROUS

Possible Answers:

Full

Tired

Grouchy

Gassy

Round

Correct answer:

Grouchy

Explanation:

The word "cantankerous" means hard to deal with or ill-tempered. The best choice is "grouchy," which shares the same definition.

Example Question #32 : Identifying Synonyms

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

SUSPICIOUS

Possible Answers:

Unsure

Definite

Reliable

Unsatisfied

Precise

Correct answer:

Unsure

Explanation:

"Suspicious" means to be "unsure" or uncertain that someone or something is what that person or thing appears or claims to be. This differs from "unsatisfied," which means not content; "reliable," which means responsible; "precise," which means exact; and "definite," which means certain.

Example Question #33 : Identifying Synonyms

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

AGGRAVATING

Possible Answers:

Spiteful 

Angry

Frustrating

Terrorizing

Anxious

Correct answer:

Frustrating

Explanation:

"Aggravating" means exasperating. Similarly, "frustrating" means bothersome or annoying. These words are very similar, and therefore are synonyms.

Example Question #34 : Identifying Synonyms

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

DISGRUNTLED

Possible Answers:

Wrinkled

Disorderly

Upset

Obnoxious

Frustrated

Correct answer:

Upset

Explanation:

To be "disgruntled" means to be dissatisfied and unhappy. To be "upset" means to be in a state of dismay. Given how similar in meaning "disgruntled" and "upset" are, "upset" is the correct answer.

Example Question #35 : Identifying Synonyms

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

FURIOUS

Possible Answers:

Sad

Jealous

Humorous

Angry

Happy

Correct answer:

Angry

Explanation:

If you are “furious,” you are very angry. Something that is “humorous” is very funny. If you are “jealous,” it means you want something that someone else has.

Example Question #36 : Identifying Synonyms

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

SURLY

Possible Answers:

Contemporary

Sulky

Furious

Important

Brawny

Correct answer:

Sulky

Explanation:

"Surly" means sullenuncivil, and unsmiling, so "sulky," an adjective that means brooding, petulant, and in a bad mood, is the correct answer. If you confused "surly" with "burly" (physically strong and stocky) you may have picked "brawny" (physically strong and muscular) as your answer. "Contemporary," when used as an adjective, means existing at the same time as something else in the past or having to do with the modern day. "Furious" means very angry and "important" means deserving of attention or pressing.

Example Question #31 : Identifying Synonyms

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

NONCHALANT

Possible Answers:

Interested

Caring

Gracious

Emotional

Unconcerned

Correct answer:

Unconcerned

Explanation:

If someone is nonchalant about a test grade, it means he or she is unconcerned or aloof.  Nonchalant is defined as laid back or not easily excited.

Example Question #212 : Isee Lower Level (Grades 5 6) Verbal Reasoning

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

ELATED

Possible Answers:

Astonished

Associated

Ecstatic

Strengthened

Connected

Correct answer:

Ecstatic

Explanation:

Two of the wrong options attempt to have you confuse "elated" with "related." (These wrong options are "connected" and "associated".) To be "elated", however, is to be very happy. The word "ecstatic" means just this as well. It actually comes from root words meaning standing outside. Have you ever heard someone say, "She was beside herself with joy!" This means the person was almost "outside" herself because of her strong feelings. To be "ecstatic" is to be very happy in this way.

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