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 #1450 : Isee Middle Level (Grades 7 8) Verbal Reasoning

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

ACQUIRE

Possible Answers:

Search

Invest

Purchase

Advertise

Retail

Correct answer:

Purchase

Explanation:

To "acquire" something means to purchase or obtain it. Thus, you might say, "I acquired five new comic books today," or, "John acquired a whole set of the works of Thomas Aquinas." Thus, the best option among those provided is "purchase." When you acquire something like stocks in the stock market, you do indeed "invest" in them, but that does not really indicate the same thing as buying. It is a very particular kind of acquiring, so it is not a great synonym. Likewise, you might buy something at a retail store. Indeed, the word "retail" may even be used as a verb, as in, "The shirt retailed at $15;" however, this is not the same thing as the act of acquiring.

Example Question #281 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

INHIBIT

Possible Answers:

Inspire

Break

Destroy

Trap

Hinder

Correct answer:

Hinder

Explanation:

The word "inhibit" comes from Latin roots that mean to have or to hold. The word "habit" comes from this same root. A "habit" is something that we have or hold on to in our character. Also, the word "habit" refers to the clothing worn by monks in certain religious orders in the Catholic church. This comes from the Latin "habitus," meaning dress or attire (among many other meanings).

 When we "inhibit" something, we prevent it from happening. For instance, you could say, "Being drunk inhibits a person's ability to drive or even to think clearly." Likewise, someone could say, "Being illogical inhibits a person's ability to argue in a convincing manner." Thus, the best option here is "hinder", which in general indicates an action that makes things difficult for someone. When we hinder a person's actions, we inhibit his or her actions.

Example Question #282 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

BOMBARD

Possible Answers:

Assist

Create

Attack

Prevail

Divide

Correct answer:

Attack

Explanation:

"Bombard" is a verb synonymous with besiege, harass, or attack. One might "assist" someone with a bombardment, but the two are not close to synonymous, if you "bombard" a city you are destroying, not assisting it. A successful bombardment may help an army "prevail" in a battle or war, but it is not directly synonymous.

Example Question #283 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

EXPLOIT

Possible Answers:

Flatter

Take advantage of

Discover

Extract

Accommodate

Correct answer:

Take advantage of

Explanation:

"Exploit" is a verb meaning to take advantage of. For example: "The needs of our large machines and large appetites cause us to EXPLOIT our natural resources for material gain."

"Extract," when used a verb, refers to the action of removing something. To "discover" something is to find it. "Flatter" is a verb referring to the action of complimenting or praising someone.

Example Question #284 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

KINDLE

Possible Answers:

Obscure

Douse

Elevate

Ignite

Read

Correct answer:

Ignite

Explanation:

"Kindle" means to start a fire, or ignite, something. For example: "Jose knelt next to the fire pit, touching a match to the straw to kindle the blaze."

While you might "read" using a device named after this verb, this is not a direct synonym. "Dousing" something with gasoline is a good way to "ignite" it, but this is a tangential relation, not a synonym.

Example Question #285 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

TRACE

Possible Answers:

Quash

Outline

Query

Depict

Quell

Correct answer:

Outline

Explanation:

To "trace" something means to copy something by drawing over its outlines. To provide further help, "depict" means draw, represent; "quash" means completely remove or eliminate; "quell" means put a stop to, particularly putting a stop to a rebellion; "query" means question something

Example Question #1231 : Synonyms

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

SHIRK

Possible Answers:

Render

Manage

Propose

Reprimand

Avoid

Correct answer:

Avoid

Explanation:

To "shirk" means to avoid, usually to avoid a responsibility or duty. To provide further help, "render" means give to; "reprimand" means yell at or punish; "propose" means suggest

Example Question #1232 : Synonyms

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

FEUDING

Possible Answers:

Disagreeing

Questioning

Fighting

Disliking

Forgetting

Correct answer:

Fighting

Explanation:

Whenever we "feud" with someone, we argue and are likely at "war" with him or her. In general, a "feud" is a fight against another party. Now, this can be a kind of disagreement, but the best option will be one that captures the sense of fighting. A "feud" is a fight, not merely a disagreement.

Example Question #1233 : Synonyms

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

LURK

Possible Answers:

Forge

Startle

Frighten

Hide

Avoid

Correct answer:

Hide

Explanation:

Words like "lurk" are likely very familiar; however, to get such questions correct, it is helpful to think of expressions that you know. For instance, have you ever said, "It was lurking just under the surface of the water?" This means that the thing was hiding just under the water's surface. Sometimes, we also say that someone's ideas, plots, or emotions are "lurking" under the surface of his or her demeanor. In general, the idea of "lurking" is that of hiding.

Example Question #1234 : Synonyms

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

SNARE

Possible Answers:

Harm

Trap

Trace

Gaze

Wound

Correct answer:

Trap

Explanation:

The word "snare" can be used either as a noun or as a verb. As a verb, it means to trap. As a noun, it just describes a kind of trap, in particular one for animals, though it could apply to any kind of trap.

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