SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, and Understanding

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

Synonyms: select the word that most closely matches.

Laud

Possible Answers:

Help

Cooperate

Praise

Win

Dislike

Correct answer:

Praise

Explanation:

Laud and Praise both mean to give acclaim to. 

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs

A synonym of "bewilder" is . . .

Possible Answers:

avid

collapse

perplex

colossal

confusion

Correct answer:

perplex

Explanation:

Since "bewilder" is a verb that means "confuse," we need to find another verb that also means "confuse." While "confusion" may look like a great answer choice, it is a noun, not a verb (it doesn't represent an action) so it can't be the right answer. However, because "perplex" means "confuse," it is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs

Which is a synonym for pardon?

Possible Answers:

Hold

None of the other answer choices. 

Forgive

Penalty

Blame

Correct answer:

Forgive

Explanation:

"Pardon" and "forgive" both mean to excuse from blame. 

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs

A synonym of "clarify" is . . .

Possible Answers:

jump

fortify

weaken

explain

clean

Correct answer:

explain

Explanation:

"Clarify" is a verb that means "make a statement or situation less confused and more clearly comprehensible," so we need to pick out another verb that means something like "make something more clearly understandable." While "clean" might look like a potentially correct answer, "clean" means " free from dirt, marks, or stains." Because "clean" does not have the same meaning as "clarify," "clean" cannot be the correct answer. "Explain," however, is a verb that means "make an idea, situation, or problem clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts or ideas." Because "explain" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "clarify," "explain" is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word?

The boy decieved his classmates by pretending the faint.

Possible Answers:

rose

misled

hid

left

None of the above

Correct answer:

misled

Explanation:

The word "misled," which is the past tense of "mislead," can be substitued into the sentence to maintain the meaning.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Verbs

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word?

As she looked into her crystal ball, she foresaw the future.

Possible Answers:

confused

forgot

dialed

predicted

None of the above

Correct answer:

predicted

Explanation:

"Predicted" could replace "foresaw" to maintain a similar meaning. 

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Verbs

Which word could have a similar meaning to the underlined word?

She could comprehend almost anything that she read.

Possible Answers:

None of the above

forget

find

understand

waste

Correct answer:

understand

Explanation:

"Comprehend" could be replaced by "understand" to maintain a similar meaning for the sentence. 

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Verbs

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Analyze

Possible Answers:

to attend

to exercise

to travel

to study

to propose

Correct answer:

to study

Explanation:

"Analyze" means to study or examine.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Verbs

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Educate

Possible Answers:

to practice

to scold

to find out

to fire

to teach

Correct answer:

to teach

Explanation:

"Educate" means to teach.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Verbs

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

SOLVE

Possible Answers:

Wrap

Shoot

Talk

Act

Figure out

Correct answer:

Figure out

Explanation:

"Solve" is a verb that means figure out, so "figure out" is the correct answer.

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