ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

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Example Question #1235 : Synonyms

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

SUCCUMB

Possible Answers:

Perish

Forge

Delay

Yield

Rupture

Correct answer:

Yield

Explanation:

Perhaps you have used the word "succumb" with regard to illness. You can say that someone "succumbs" to a disease that is infecting others. Also, we talk of "succumbing to temptation," meaning that we give in to the pressure of a temptation. To "yield" to something means to give in to it. When someone is driving, a "yield" sign means that you need to let the other cars have their way on the road. For instance, if you are turning on to a road, you need to "give in" to the other traffic. Hence, "yield" is a good synonym for "succumb."

Example Question #1236 : Synonyms

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

SUBSIDE

Possible Answers:

Deteriorate

Retreat

Calm

Quake

Attack

Correct answer:

Calm

Explanation:

The word "subside" comes from roots that literally mean to sit under. Whenever something "subsides," it decreases or lessens. This is not a matter of retreating, however. Instead, think of something like, "The earthquake slowly subsided, the tremors becoming less and less with passing minutes." The essential meaning for "subside" is to decrease in intensity. This is a good synonym for "subside."

Example Question #1237 : Synonyms

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

WORSEN

Possible Answers:

Destroy

Damage

Demolish

Mangle

Deteriorate

Correct answer:

Deteriorate

Explanation:

For this question, be careful about tempting options. The words "damage" and "mangle" might be tempting. Whenever you "damage" or "mangle" something, you certainly do make it worse. This is not, however, the same as being synonymous with "worsen." Likewise, the same holds for "destroy" and "demolish." Instead, the word "deteriorate" is the best. Whenever something "deteriorates," its condition worsens.

Example Question #1238 : Synonyms

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

WAGER

Possible Answers:

Nominate

Gamble

Deliberate

Choose

Agree

Correct answer:

Gamble

Explanation:

The word "wager" can be used either as a verb or as a noun. The noun merely indicates the outcome of the verb usage. Whenever we wager on something, we make a bet on that thing. Therefore, the noun "wager" just means the bet itself. The options given here all indicate that the question is asking for the verb form. The word "gamble" is the only option that expresses the general idea of betting on something.

Example Question #1239 : Synonyms

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

EXUDES

Possible Answers:

Depart

Digress

Withdraw

Imply

Radiate

Correct answer:

Radiate

Explanation:

The word "exude" comes from roots that literally mean "to sweat out." The general idea of "exuding" is that something "oozes" or steadily releases something into its environment. The word can be used, however, to describe people in a metaphorical manner. Here the "oozing" is more like the idea of beaming or radiating some kind of character trait. For example, you could say, "Thomas was so sure of himself that he exuded confidence."

Example Question #1240 : Synonyms

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

ABET

Possible Answers:

Enforce

Support

Congregate

Gamble

Wager

Correct answer:

Support

Explanation:

The word "abet" is likely rarely used by you; however, perhaps you have heard the expression, "aid and abet." For example, in a movie, someone might be accused of "aiding and abetting the enemy." This basically means aiding and encouraging the enemy to do wrong. The only option that expresses this idea of aiding or encouraging is the word "support."

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