ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Identifying Synonyms

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Example Questions

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Nouns For Nonliving Things

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

COLLISION

Possible Answers:

Achievement

Route

Crash

Reign

Homonym

Correct answer:

Crash

Explanation:

A "collision" is the event of one object hitting another, or a "crash." An "achievement" is an accomplishment or the completion of some task or goal. "Reign," when used as a noun, means the period when a person rules or governs. "Homonym" refers to a word that is pronounced in the same way as another word, but has a different meaning than that other word. A "route" is a path or road.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Nouns For Nonliving Things

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

HARBINGER

Possible Answers:

Omen

Auxilliary

Guard

Chaos

Correct answer:

Omen

Explanation:

A "harbinger" is something or someone that is a sign of a future event. The best choice is "omen," which shares the same definition. Considering the other choices, "chaos" means a state of utter confusion, "auxiliary" means additional, and "guard" means a person that protects someone or something.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Nouns For Nonliving Things

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

HARBINGER

Possible Answers:

Commotion

Adage

Prayer

Result

Omen

Correct answer:

Omen

Explanation:

A "harbinger" is something that foretells that something else is approaching. "Omen" is the best match because it means a warning about something that will happen in the future.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Nouns For Nonliving Things

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

TRUCE

Possible Answers:

Opposition

Disapproval

Resentment

Agreement

Correct answer:

Agreement

Explanation:

A "truce" is an agreement reached after a conflict by each person or group involved in it not to continue fighting. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "truce": "resentment" means indignation or bitterness; "disapproval" means displeasure or criticism; and "opposition" means objection or resistance.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Nouns For Nonliving Things

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

Chapter

Possible Answers:

Book

Section

Church

Story

Priest

Correct answer:

Section

Explanation:

A "chapter" is a section of a book.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Nouns For Nonliving Things

A synonym of "donation" is __________.

Possible Answers:

friendship

contribution

interpretation

price

happiness

Correct answer:

contribution

Explanation:

"Donation" is a noun that means "something that is given to a charity, especially a sum of money." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "something that is given to a charity." "Price," then, cannot be the correct answer, because while "price" can refer to a sum of money, it specifically means "the amount of money expected, required, or given in payment for something," not "something that is given to a charity." "Contribution," however, is a noun that means "a gift or payment to a common fund or collection," and because "contribution" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "donation," "contribution" is the correct answer.

Example Question #81 : Identifying Synonyms

A synonym of "precipice" is __________.

Possible Answers:

landform

cloud

lake

peak

cliff face

Correct answer:

cliff face

Explanation:

"Precipice" is a noun that means "a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one," so we need to pick out an answer that means something like "a very steep rock face." Both "landform" and "peak" might look like potentially correct answers, "peak" means "the pointed top of a mountain" or "a mountain, especially one with a pointed top," neither of which mean "a very steep rock face or cliff," and while a "precipice" may be a type of "landform" ("a natural feature of the earth's surface"), "precipice" does not mean the same thing as "landform." "Cliff face," however, is synonymous with "precipice," and because "cliff face" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "precipice," "cliff face" is the correct answer.

Example Question #82 : Identifying Synonyms

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

Debt

Possible Answers:

Payment

Loan

Attack

Money

Home

Correct answer:

Loan

Explanation:

"Debt" means loan.

Example Question #41 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

Supper

Possible Answers:

Castle

Lake

Library

Dinner

Address

Correct answer:

Dinner

Explanation:

"Supper" means dinner.

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Nouns For Nonliving Things

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

INSCRIPTION

Possible Answers:

Record

Erase

Write

Writing

Correct answer:

Writing

Explanation:

The best choice is "writing," which when used as a noun means written text. An inscription is a message written on or carved into a surface. Considering the other choices, "signature" means one's name in writing. "Erase" means to remove, and a "record" is a list of actions or achievements. "Writing" is closest in meaning because it refers to a general mark while "record" refers to something written down to record knowledge.

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