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 #1440 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

REMUNERATE

Possible Answers:

Responsive

Pay

Jealous

Withhold

Steal

Correct answer:

Pay

Explanation:

"Remunerate" is a verb meaning "to pay someone for services or work done." If you don't know the definition of this word, you can still get to the correct answer-- jealous and responsive are both adjectives, and words ending with "-ate" in English can often be verbs. Withhold and steal are both verbs, but they both are connected to taking something away, rather than giving. So in this case, "pay" is the best answer.

Example Question #1441 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters. 

MANUFACTURE

Possible Answers:

Make

Vend

Trade

Attempt

Insist

Correct answer:

Make

Explanation:

To "manufacture" something means to make, to build, to create. To provide further help, "vend" means sell; "insist" means forcefully maintain something is right

Example Question #1442 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

RECTIFY

Possible Answers:

Reduce

Raise

Correct

Redo

Overestimate

Correct answer:

Correct

Explanation:

"Rectify" means to fix or to correct. For example, one might write, "After the mother had yelled inappropriately at her child, she apologized, hoping to rectify the sitaution." So, "correct" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1443 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

DOMINATE

Possible Answers:

Unearth 

Topple

Support

Control 

Discover

Correct answer:

Control 

Explanation:

To "dominate" means to conquer, or to "control."

Example Question #1444 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

TERMINATE

Possible Answers:

Linger

Commence

Interject

End

Withhold

Correct answer:

End

Explanation:

To “terminate” means to finish, end, or conclude, so "end" is the correct answer. As for the other answer choices, “commence” means begin; "interject" means interrupt a conversation or other continuous communication with something one says; "linger" means remain in a place longer than expected; and “withhold” means hide or refuse to provide information.

Example Question #1445 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

OPTIMIZE

Possible Answers:

Inhibit

Rupture

Improve

Descend

Explain

Correct answer:

Improve

Explanation:

“Optimize” means make something as good as it can possibly be, making “improve” the best synonym amongst the given answer choices. As for the other answer choices, “descend” means go down, “rupture” means break or burst; “inhibit” means slow down or prevent; and "explain" means provide details about something so someone else can better understand it.

Example Question #1446 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

ELECT 

Possible Answers:

Political

Speak

Canvass

Decide

Campaign

Correct answer:

Decide

Explanation:

For most people, "elect" and "election" are words related directly to the political process. We think of electing senators and presidents and speak of the next "election cycle." These meanings are not improper, but they are only a limited application of the more general meaning of "elect". To "elect" literally means to choose. When we elect a president, we choose that person. However, we can also say that we elect to do something or other. For example consider the sentence, "Peter elected to stay home instead of going out for dinner." This means that he chose to stay home. Thus, the best option provided here is "decide".

Example Question #1447 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

PROBE 

Possible Answers:

Investigate

Shove

Push

Deduce

Legislate

Correct answer:

Investigate

Explanation:

When we "probe" something, we investigate it. The noun "probe" describes a kind of scientific instrument used for investigating the details of some environment. Here, the word is used as a verb. The wrong answers each try to get you to think of things often associated with probing but are not correct. We think of probes being pushed into things, as when a probe might be pushed into a vein to test the blockage in a person's circulatory system. We also think of "probes" into legal matters when someone does something wrong. Likewise, most probings are insightful and thoughtful. Hence, "deduce" might seem to be correct as well. However, the best meaning provided here is "investigate." To say, "I will probe more deeply into the matter," means, "I will investigate the matter in further detail."

Example Question #1448 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

DEGRADE

Possible Answers:

Humiliate

Investigate

Promote

Pass

Descend

Correct answer:

Humiliate

Explanation:

The word "degrade" comes from Latin roots meaning to go down a step. The "grade" portion of the word comes from "gradus," which means step. Something that is "gradual" is step by step, as opposed to sudden. The "de-" prefix means down or down from. It is seen in words like "descend" and "depressed." To "degrade someone" means to belittle or insult that person so as to treat him or her with disrespect. Thus, the best option here among those given is "humiliate."

Example Question #1449 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

CONFINE

Possible Answers:

Latch

Restrict

Fasten

Police

Incriminate

Correct answer:

Restrict

Explanation:

You might think of the word "confine" as used in the expression "solitary confinement." This refers to a type of imprisonment that keeps someone alone in a cell for a period of time. Now, the word "confine" actually comes from Latin roots meaning within the boundaries. The "con-" prefix means with or (in this case) within. The "-fine" portion of the word is related to the English word "final", which means at the end. This comes from the Latin for "boundary." Now, when you confine something, you restrict it within given limits. Thus, you might confine your discussion so as to avoid topics that could cause an argument. Do not be tempted by the wrong answers "latch" or "fasten." While it is true that you can confine someone by placing that person in prison, these two options are too limited in their meaning. They do not describe the actual act of confining. They merely indicate the means by which you might keep someone confined.

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