SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Middle Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Verbs

A synonym of “blather” is __________.

Possible Answers:

contest

investigate

explain

prattle

manage

Correct answer:

prattle

Explanation:

“Blather” is a word that when used as a verb, means “to talk long-windedly without making sense,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “talk longwindedly without making sense.” That means that “explain” cannot be the correct answer, because “explain” can mean “to make something clear to someone by describing it in detail,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “blather.” “Prattle,” however, when used as a verb, means “talk at length in a foolish way,” and because “prattle” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “blather,” “prattle” is the correct answer.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Verbs

A synonym of “tattle” is __________.

Possible Answers:

expound

inform on

define

experience

press

Correct answer:

inform on

Explanation:

“Tattle” is a verb that can mean “to report another’s wrongdoing” or “to gossip,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “to report another’s wrongdoing” or “to gossip.” That means that “expound” cannot be the correct answer, because “expound” means “present and explain something in detail,” which is quite distant from that of “tattle.” “Inform on,” however, is a phrase that means “give information about someone to the police,” and because “inform on” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “tattle,” “inform on” is the correct answer.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Verbs

Synonyms: choose the word with a meaning most similar to the word in question.

Succumb

Possible Answers:

Display

Surrender

Plant

Belong

Repress

Correct answer:

Surrender

Explanation:

To "succumb" is to give in to a superior force. The best answer choice is the word "surrender."

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Verbs

Synonyms: choose the word with a meaning most similar to the word in question.

Pique

Possible Answers:

Reciprocate

Court

Overthrow

Offend

Strive

Correct answer:

Offend

Explanation:

To "pique" is to offend or to excite. This is from the Latin root word, "piccare," which means to pick.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

Presume

Possible Answers:

to assume

to reside

to monitor

to discover

to regulate

Correct answer:

to assume

Explanation:

"Presume" means to assume.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

Oppress

Possible Answers:

to lose

to produce

to consent

To tyrannize

to disgrace

Correct answer:

To tyrannize

Explanation:

"Oppress" means to tyrannize or rule with an iron fist.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

Assure

Possible Answers:

to guarantee

to examine

to dispose 

to treat

to lie

Correct answer:

to guarantee

Explanation:

"Assure" means to guarantee.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

Observe

Possible Answers:

to succeed

to search

to travel

to see

to secede

Correct answer:

to see

Explanation:

"Observe" means to look and see; to search means to look for something; to travel means to move; to secede means to separate; and to succeed is to become successful.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

Prohibit

Possible Answers:

to relocate

to consent

to allow

to ban

to encourage

Correct answer:

to ban

Explanation:

"Prohibit" means to ban; to allow is the opposite; to encourage means to support; to relocate is to move from one spot to another spot; and to consent means to agree.

Example Question #20 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

Reveal

Possible Answers:

to shield

to tell

to experience

to study

to solve

Correct answer:

to tell

Explanation:

"Reveal" means to tell or to disclose.

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