SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

Which word is a synonym for the word concerned?

Julie was concerned with her grade on the math test.

Possible Answers:

excited

thrilled

happy

None of the other answer choices

worried

Correct answer:

worried

Explanation:

The word worried can replace concern to maintain a similar meaning. 

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

 

ASTONISH

Possible Answers:

Surprise 

Punish 

Susceptible

Manage 

Demand 

Correct answer:

Surprise 

Explanation:

"Astonish" means to surprise, so "surprise" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "astonish": "demand" means to ask for something forcefully; "susceptible" means in danger; "manage" means direct a group or endure; and "punish" means discipline for breaking rules or behaving badly.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

ASSUAGE

Possible Answers:

Calm 

Demand

Embolden 

Zoom

Depict 

Correct answer:

Calm 

Explanation:

"Assuage" means to calm someone or something down, so "calm," which when used as a verb means make calm, is the correct answer. To help you, "depict" means to show, "embolden" means to make brave, "demand" means forcefully ask for something, and "zoom" means to travel at a very fast speed.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

LOATHE

Possible Answers:

Clarify

Study

Adore

Despise

Correct answer:

Despise

Explanation:

The answer is "despise." "Despise" and "loathe" are verbs that mean dislike strongly, such as in the sentence, "He despises people who bully others."

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

SEDATE

Possible Answers:

Admit 

Listen 

Scold 

Settle down 

Deny 

Correct answer:

Settle down 

Explanation:

To "sedate" something means to use medicine to make it sleep, to calm it, or settle it down. So, "settle down" is the correct answer. To help you, "scold" means reprimand, and "deny" means refuse to accept something.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

GRIMACE

Possible Answers:

Grin

Chuckle 

Whisper

Scowl 

Demand 

Correct answer:

Scowl 

Explanation:

To “grimace” is to express sadness or anger or pain with your face, and as such, it is closest in meaning to “scowl,” which means frown to convey great sadness or anger. To provide further help, to “chuckle” is to laugh quietly; to "grin" is to smile broadly, to "whisper" is to speak in a low, quiet voice so as not to be heard, and to “demand” is to tell someone they have to do something as if they don't have a choice.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

SUCCUMB

Possible Answers:

Walk about 

Hide under 

Turn around 

Go over

Give in

Correct answer:

Give in

Explanation:

"Succumb" means to yield to overpowering strength, force, appeal, or desire. If you “succumb” to something, you give in to it, or you yield to it. A common expression is to “succumb to temptation.”

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

AGGRAVATE

Possible Answers:

Convey 

Irritate 

Object 

Differ

Argue 

Correct answer:

Irritate 

Explanation:

To "aggravate" a person means to irritate or to annoy him or her. To aggravate a problem means to make it worse. So, the correct answer is "irritate." None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "aggravate": "object," when used as a verb, means interrupt to disagree, and is used this way in courts of law; "differ" means to be different from; "argue" means to talk about a disagreement heatedly; and "convey" means transport when referring to a physical object, or impart when referring to an idea.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

ASTONISH

Possible Answers:

Deflect

Surprise

Decimate

Reform

Reject

Correct answer:

Surprise

Explanation:

"Surprise" means amaze or "astonish," so "astonish" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs About Emotional Changes

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

DREAD

Possible Answers:

Fear

Anticipation

Welcome

Sadness

Correct answer:

Fear

Explanation:
The answer is "fear." "Fear" and "dread" are verbs that mean anticipate with horror, such as in the sentence, "He had a great fear of heights, so he could never climb a ladder."
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