ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, and Understanding

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

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

HONOR

Possible Answers:

accept

portend

solace

repudiate

revere

Correct answer:

revere

Explanation:

Repudiate means to reject, solace is peace, and portend means to predict. The word that is a synonym of honor is revere. 

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Answer the following sample question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

CAPITULATE

Possible Answers:

waver

emulate

occlude

concede

fawn

Correct answer:

concede

Explanation:

"Capitulate" means to concede or surrender. "Emulate" means to copy the actions of someone or something. "Fawn" means to serve or ingratiate oneself to another. "Occlude" means to block or prevent. "Waver" means to shift back and forth or be indecisive

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs

Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

CHIDE

Possible Answers:

entangle

scold

endure

censor

Correct answer:

scold

Explanation:

To "chide" someone is to express disapproval or to scold. Chiding is a relatively-mild form of correction; harsher criticism might warrant a stronger verb like "rebuke," "castigate," or "upbraid."

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

CADGE

Possible Answers:

incite

bungle

confound

scrounge

antagonize

Correct answer:

scrounge

Explanation:

"Cadge" and "scrounge" both mean to beg. "Antagonize" means to cause a problem or oppose. "Bungle" means to blunder or mess up. "Confound" means to confuse or astonish. "Incite" means to encourage or provoke.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

FEIGN

Possible Answers:

bluff

juxtapose

oscillate

pacify

laud

Correct answer:

bluff

Explanation:

"Feign" and "bluff" both mean to pretend or fake. "Juxtapose" means to place side by side for comparison. "Laud" means to give acclaim or praise. "Oscillate" means to move in a side-to-side motion. "Pacify" means to calm or soothe

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

CAPITULATE

Possible Answers:

disdain

callous

censure

disentangle

concede

Correct answer:

concede

Explanation:

"Capitulate" and "concede" both mean to surrender or give in. "Disdain" means hate or indifference. "Disentangle" means to unwind or disconnect"Callous" means to make cruel or insensitive. "Censure" means to condemn or criticize severely

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters. 

ACCENT

Possible Answers:

emphasize

lambaste

cadge

disavow

disabuse

Correct answer:

emphasize

Explanation:

"Accent" and "emphasize" both mean to place importance or significance. "Disavow" means to reject or contradict. "Lambaste" means to punish or beat. "Cadge" means to beg or scrounge. "Disabuse" means to free from belief

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

MINCE

Possible Answers:

reveal

exact

flounce

disabuse

misconstrue

Correct answer:

flounce

Explanation:

"Mince" and "flounce" both mean to pose or put on airs. "Reveal" means to disclose or tell. "Disabuse" means to free from belief. "Misconstrue" means to get a wrong or false impression. "Exact" means to demand or call for.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

FULMINATE

Possible Answers:

berate

laud

conciliate

dupe

vivify

Correct answer:

berate

Explanation:

"Fulminate" and "berate" both mean to criticize harshly. "Laud" means to give acclaim or praise. "Dupe" means to fool someone. "Conciliate" means to placate or appease. "Vivify" means to enliven or animate

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

ASSAY

Possible Answers:

appraise

condescend

garble

ramble

perjure

Correct answer:

appraise

Explanation:

"Assay" and "appraise" both mean to analyze or assess. "Ramble" means to wander about aimlessly. "Condescend" means to stoop or humble oneself. "Perjure" means to lie or obscure the truth. "Garble" means to mix up or misrepresent

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