ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #241 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SQUANDER

Possible Answers:

Tamper

Waste

Flourish

Cease

Quell

Correct answer:

Waste

Explanation:

"Squander" means waste or spend unwisely, so "waste" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "squander": "flourish" means succeed or thrive; "quell" means crush or suppress; "cease" means finish or stop; and "tamper" means interfere or disrupt.

Example Question #242 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ACQUIRE

Possible Answers:

Release 

Ask 

Obtain 

Abstain 

Reverse

Correct answer:

Obtain 

Explanation:

To "acquire" means to get, obtain, or buy, so "obtain" is the synonym.

Example Question #243 : Synonyms: Verbs

A synonym of "usurp" is . . .

Possible Answers:

mandate

oversee

seize

approve

handle

Correct answer:

seize

Explanation:

"Usurp" is a verb that means "take a position of power or importance illegally or by force." While "oversee," "approve," and "mandate" might all look like potentially correct answers because they all have to do with positions of power, only "seize" ("take hold of suddenly and forcibly" or "take forcible possession of") is close in meaning to "usurp," so "seize" is the correct answer.

Example Question #244 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

RATIFY

Possible Answers:

invalidate

goad

prototype

embark

endorse

Correct answer:

endorse

Explanation:

"Ratify" means to give legal or official approval to, so "endorse" is the best choice. "Invalidate" actually has the opposite meaning, while "prototype" means a preliminary model of an invention built before the actual invention; "goad" means encourage or prod; and "embark" means set of on a trip, usually one made by ship.

Example Question #245 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DRUDGE

Possible Answers:

Toil

Dig

Begrudge

Play

Pull

Correct answer:

Toil

Explanation:

"Drudge" means work diligently at a task, often for a prolonged period of time. "Toil" means work hard as well. Therefore, "toil" is the correct answer.

Example Question #246 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SPEARHEAD

Possible Answers:

March

Follow

Lead

Trample

Correct answer:

Lead

Explanation:

To "spearhead" something, like a project, means to lead it. Imagine the tip of a spear piercing its target; the rest of the spear follows the head's lead. So, "lead" is the correct answer.

Example Question #251 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

BUNGLE

Possible Answers:

Advertise

Ruin

Convince

Tie

Dance

Correct answer:

Ruin

Explanation:

"Bungle" means to carry out a task clumsily, ruining the outcome.

Example Question #252 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ABOLISH

Possible Answers:

Surrender

Cease

Seize

Correct

Eliminate

Correct answer:

Eliminate

Explanation:

"Abolish" means get rid of or eliminate, so "eliminate" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "abolish": "seize" means grasp or take control of; "surrender" means give up and stop fighting; "cease" means stop completely; and "correct" means make right or fix.

Example Question #253 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SUBDUE

Possible Answers:

Save

Distort

Hoary

Squalid

Restrain

Correct answer:

Restrain

Explanation:

"Subdue" means quiet someone down, hold someone back or restrain someone, so "restrain" is the correct answer. To help you, "distort" means twist out of shape, "hoary" means light grey or overused and stale, and "squalid" means filthy, especially as a result of having little or no money.

Example Question #254 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

EMBRACE

Possible Answers:

Hug

Turn away

Kiss

Shout

Correct answer:

Hug

Explanation:

An "embrace" is a hug, and to "embrace" someone means to hug them. So, "hug" is the correct answer.

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