SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #331 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ACQUIT

Possible Answers:

Prosecute

Absolve

Convict

Prosecute

Absolve

Correct answer:

Absolve

Explanation:

"Acquit" means to clear someone of charges or to "absolve" someone of criminal charges.

"Incarcerate" means to put someone in jail. "Blame" means to assign responsibility of a fault. "Convict" means to declare someone guilty of a crime and is an antonym to "acquit." "Prosecute" means to enact legal proceeding against a person.

Example Question #332 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SQUANDER

Possible Answers:

Dupe

Be frugal

Fall

Spend extravagantly

Explain

Correct answer:

Spend extravagantly

Explanation:

"Squander" means to "spend extravagantly" or excessively.

"Explain" means to make understandable.

"Dupe" means to trick or to deceive.

"Fall" means to drop or descend under the force of gravity.

"Be frugal" means to be economical or not wasteful of money. It is the opposite of squander.

Example Question #333 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

EMULATE

Possible Answers:

Ensconce

Imitate

Conquer

Scold

Envy

Correct answer:

Imitate

Explanation:

"Emulate" is a verb that means model oneself after, or to imitate or match someone.

"Ensconce" means to safely settle in a place. "Envy" is the desire to have a quality belonging to someone else. "Scold" means to reprimand, or to express displeasure about somebody's actions. "Conquer" means to successfully overcome a challenge.

Example Question #334 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

FUMIGATE

Possible Answers:

Fuse

Burn

Disinfect

Preserve

Repudiate

Correct answer:

Disinfect

Explanation:

"Fumigate" is a verb that means to disinfect something by means of smoke or poisonous fumes.

"Fuse" means to join, or to meld objects. Often is means to weld two pieces of metal together.

"Repudiate" means to reject something as false or to turn one's back on something.

"Preserve" means to keep something safe in its original state.

"Burn" means to harm or destroy something with fire.

Example Question #335 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

TEEM

Possible Answers:

Cooperate

Jeopardize

Eradicate

Swarm

Succumb

Correct answer:

Swarm

Explanation:

"Teem" means swarm, or to be full of. For example, the evening air teemed with insects.

"Jeopardize" means to put in danger or imperil.

"Succumb" means to give in or to stop resisting something.

"Eradicate" means to eliminate or destroy something completely.

"Cooperate" means to help or assist somebody, or it means to agree to something or to participate in something.

Example Question #336 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ABET

Possible Answers:

Aid

Propose

Hinder

Halt

Assess

Correct answer:

Aid

Explanation:

"Abet" means to "aid," or to help. "Abet" typically means to help someone commit a crime.

"Halt" means to bring to a stop, or to end.

"Assess" means evaluate, determine or judge.

"Propose" means to put an idea forward, to suggest or to introduce something.

"Hinder" means to slow, make something difficult or prevent something.

Example Question #337 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

INUNDATE

Possible Answers:

Writhe

Broil

Overwhelm

Merge

Swoop

Correct answer:

Overwhelm

Explanation:

"Inundate" means "overwhelm," drown or engulf.

"Writhe" means wiggle, contort or squirm.

"Swoop" means descend from the air, dive; it is typically used to describe the movement of a descending bird.

"Broil" means to cook under direct heat.

"Merge" means to join or bring together.

Example Question #338 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

EMBROIL

Possible Answers:

Wallow

Cook under high heat

Involve

Scorch

Gild

Correct answer:

Involve

Explanation:

"Embroil" means to "involve" someone in a complicated situation; ensnare or entangle someone in a situation.

"Gild" means to put gold leaf on something; to embellish or decorate something.

"Wallow" means slosh around in. For example, to wallow in sorrow.

"Scorch" means to sear, or to burn.

"Cook under high heat" is an answer that is meant to mislead if you thought that "embroil" was a synonym of "broil."

Example Question #339 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

AUGMENT

Possible Answers:

Forget

Decline

Hinder

Increase

Diminish

Correct answer:

Increase

Explanation:

The correct answer is "increase."

The term "augment" is defines as making (something) greater by adding to it; increase.

Therefore, "increase" is a synonym of "augment."

Example Question #340 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SAVOR

Possible Answers:

Recant

Entice

Enjoy

Detest

Confine

Correct answer:

Enjoy

Explanation:

The verb "savor" means to enjoy something deeply and to take one's time enjoying. Additionally, "confine" means imprison, lock up; "recant" means take back something one has said; "detest" means hate, loathe; "entice" means tempt, allure, trick and then trap.

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