ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, or Location

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

STEEP

Possible Answers:

Marinate

Waive

Substantiate

Begrudge

Befuddle

Correct answer:

Marinate

Explanation:

"Steep" and "marinate" both mean to bathe or drench. "Befuddle" means to confuse or baffle. "Substantiate" means to back up a statement or idea. "Waive" means to give up or let go. "Begrudge" means to envy or covet.

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

CLEAVE

Possible Answers:

Revise

Adjoin

Neglect

Divide

Alter

Correct answer:

Divide

Explanation:

A good example where the word cleave is used is when you cleave a chemical bond, splitting a complex molecule into smaller molecules.  Thus, cleave means to split or divide.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

JETTISON

Possible Answers:

Eject

Anchor

Corrupt

Exculpate

Circumnavigate

Correct answer:

Eject

Explanation:

"Jettison" means to eject or throw overboard. "Circumnavigate" means to go around or circle. "Anchor" means to hold securely. "Corrupt" means to defile or make impure. "Exculpate" means to forgive or dismiss guilt.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

DWELL

Possible Answers:

Pertain

Live

Finish

Insult

Locate

Correct answer:

Live

Explanation:

The word "dwell" is a verb that means to live in a particular place or state. The best answer is "house," which can also be used as a verb. When used as a verb, "live" shares the same meaning as "dwell." Considering the other choices, the word "finish" means to bring to an end, "locate" is a verb that means determine the place where something isand "insult" means to say something that offends.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

SMITE

Possible Answers:

Barter

Destroy

Meander

Vend

Perpetrate

Correct answer:

Destroy

Explanation:

“Smite” means destroy, take vengeance upon, or strike down, so "destroy" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "smite." As for the other answer choices, “vend” means sell; “barter” means trade, particularly to try to buy something for less money than it is worth or to buy something using something other than money; “meander” means to move indirectly, from side-to-side, like a river; and "perpetrate" means commit, specifically in the context of committing crimes.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

WANE

Possible Answers:

Hamper

Diminish

Exasperate

Forsake

Admonish

Correct answer:

Diminish

Explanation:

“Wane” means decline or diminish, so "diminish" is the correct answer. As for the other answer choices, “exasperate” means frustrate; “admonish” means scold or criticize; “hamper” means impede or stop the progress of; and “forsake” means abandon or disavow.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

KINDLE

Possible Answers:

Ignite

Procrastinate

Orbit

Flatter

Consume

Correct answer:

Ignite

Explanation:

"Kindle" means ignite or start a fire, so "ignite" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "kindle": "consume" means eat or use up; "orbit," when used as a verb, means revolve around or circle; "flatter" means shower compliments and praise on a person; and "procrastinate" means delay or postpone until near a deadline.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

COALESCE

Possible Answers:

fawn

disjoin

importune

amalgamate

proximate

Correct answer:

amalgamate

Explanation:

"Coalesce" and "amalgamate" both mean to blend or come together. "Disjoin" means to become separated. "Fawn" means to ingratiate oneself or serve. "Importune" means to demand or insist. "Proximate" means very near or close

Example Question #18 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

EFFACE

Possible Answers:

foreshadow

expunge

corroborate

exact

undergird

Correct answer:

expunge

Explanation:

"Efface" and "expunge" both mean to erase or delete. "Foreshadow" means to indicate or portend. "Undergird" means to support or bolster. "Exact" means to demand or call for"Corroborate" means to back up or support information

Example Question #19 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

ABUT

Possible Answers:

ratify

subpoena

condone

strut

adjoin

Correct answer:

adjoin

Explanation:

"Abut" and "adjoin" both mean to border on or be adjacent to. "Strut" means to walk pompously. "Condone" means to make allowance for. "Ratify" means to affirm or authorize. "Subpoena" means to issue a writ or citation

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