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 #51 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

AMASS

Possible Answers:

Bellow

Interject

Collect

Tamper

Intervene

Correct answer:

Collect

Explanation:

“Amass” means gather or "collect." As for the other answer choices, to “tamper” with something means to interfere with it, or to mess around with it so that it breaks; “interject” means interrupt the flow of a conversation with one's own comments; “intervene” means get involved to stop something from happening; and “bellow” means shout or yell loudly.

Example Question #52 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

PROCURE

Possible Answers:

Furnish

Obtain

Barter

Demonstrate

Peddle

Correct answer:

Obtain

Explanation:

To “procure” means to get something or to "obtain" something. As for the other answer choices, “furnish” means provide; “peddle” means sell, “barter” means trade, particularly to try and buy something for less money than it is worth, or to obtain something through exchange and not direct purchase; and "demonstrate" means show to be the case.

Example Question #53 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

FLUCTUATE

Possible Answers:

Meticulously

Eerie

Vary

Hoary

Surreptitious

Correct answer:

Vary

Explanation:

“Fluctuate” means change in quantity randomly, or "vary." As for the other answer choices, “eerie” means spooky and suggestive of danger; “hoary” means old and having white hair or clichéd; “surreptitious” means stealthy or secretive; and “meticulous” means careful, considering all options, and dedicated.

Example Question #54 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

RESTRAIN

Possible Answers:

Locate

Damage

Contain

Attempt

Toil

Correct answer:

Contain

Explanation:

The word "restrain" comes from roots that mean to tie back. It is related to words like "restrict," "restrictions," and "stricture." When we restrain our words, we hold them back so as not to say something nasty. When we physically restrain someone (with "restraints"), we hold them in place so they can't move. In this case, we contain them within a given space or locale. Thus, the best option is "contain."

Example Question #55 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

AFFIX

Possible Answers:

Bloat

Correct

Harm

Include

Attach

Correct answer:

Attach

Explanation:

"Affix" means to fasten something to something else and closely matches the common word "attach." "Correct" means right or proper. "Include" means to add something to a group, "bloat" means to make something unduly large, and "harm" means to hurt.

Example Question #56 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

TRUNCATE

Possible Answers:

Augment

Deviate

Shorten

Relocate

Extrapolate

Correct answer:

Shorten

Explanation:

"Truncate" means to shorten, to abbreviate. To provide further help, "deviate" means go away from, turn away from; "augment" means enhance, make better; "relocate" means move; "extrapolate" means to take further, to think beyond

Example Question #57 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

ATROPHY

Possible Answers:

Wither

Plunder

Jettison

Strengthen

Pilfer

Correct answer:

Wither

Explanation:

To "atrophy" means to weaken, to waste away, to wither. It is generally used to describe the weakening of muscles, as in "muscle atrophy." To provide further help, "jettison" means discard; "plunder" and "pilfer" both mean to steal

Example Question #58 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

STYMIE

Possible Answers:

Sanction

Assist

Hinder

Suspend

Discern

Correct answer:

Hinder

Explanation:

To "stymie" something is to hinder it, to prevent something from developing. To provide further help, "assist" means help; "suspend" means pause; "discern" means recognize and notice; "sanction" means approve

Example Question #59 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

FESTOON

Possible Answers:

Exculpate

Reinforce

Hinder

Reside

Decorate

Correct answer:

Decorate

Explanation:

To "festoon" something means to decorate, to adorn. To provide further help, "reside" means live; "exculpate" means acquit, free from guilt; "reinforce" means provide support for; "hinder" means get in the way of, make something more difficult

Example Question #60 : Synonyms: Verbs About Physical Changes, Movement, Or Location

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

EXPUNGE

Possible Answers:

Forbid

Acquit

Permit

Remove

Create

Correct answer:

Remove

Explanation:

To "expunge" something means to remove it, to remove it from the record. To provide further help, "acquit" means pardon; "permit" means allow; "forbid" means say something is not allowed

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