ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Roots from Greek

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Roots From Greek

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

HYDRATE

Possible Answers:

Sprint

Vie

Stumble

Drink

Amble

Correct answer:

Drink

Explanation:

The root "hydro" means having to do with water, so to “hydrate” is to “drink” water. “Sprint” means run quickly; “amble” means walk slowly; “stumble” means fall over; and “vie” means compete.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Roots From Greek

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

COSMIC

Possible Answers:

Foolish

Scientific

Huge

Amusing

Fictional

Correct answer:

Huge

Explanation:

Do not read the word as being "comic!" It is "cosmic." If you make this mistake, you might choose "amusing" or even "foolish." Now, the word "cosmic" comes from the Greek "kosmos," which means the world order. This includes all things—whether in space or on earth. This is particularly the case when we use the word in English. The "cosmos" comprises the whole universe. Generally, this comes to indicate space. Thus, something that is "cosmic" pertains to space but can also just mean, as large and vast as space. Thus, the best answer here is "huge."

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Roots From Greek

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

MIMIC

Possible Answers:

Repeat

Quell

Juvenile

Scribe

Larceny

Correct answer:

Repeat

Explanation:

The best synonym is "repeat." Mimic comes from the Greek root "mim," which means to repeat or copy.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Roots From Greek

Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

HYDRATE

Possible Answers:

Drink

Amble

Vie

Sprint

Stumble

Correct answer:

Drink

Explanation:

The root "hydro" means having to do with water, so to “hydrate” is to “drink” water. “Sprint” means run quickly; “amble” meanswalk slowly; “stumble” means fall over; and “vie” means compete.

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