SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #61 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

REPUDIATE

Possible Answers:

Appropriate 

Elaborate 

Disclaim 

Strengthen

Counsel 

Correct answer:

Disclaim 

Explanation:

"Repudiate" means disown or deny something, and as such is most similar in meaning to “disclaim,” a verb that means deny, which you might be able to infer from the word's use of the negative prefix "dis-," which means not, in addition to the word "claim." For clarification, "counsel" means give advice to, "elaborate" means say more about when used as a verb, "appropriate" means seize or commandeer, and "strengthen" means make stronger.

Example Question #61 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

VIE

Possible Answers:

Deny 

Compose 

Suspend 

Compete 

Suspect 

Correct answer:

Compete 

Explanation:

“Vie” means fight for or compete, so "compete" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "vie": “suspend” means pause or hang when used as a verb; “deny” means refuse or refuse to accept the truth of something; and “compound” means make things worse.

Example Question #62 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

GESTICULATE

Possible Answers:

Admonish 

Condemn 

Laud 

Motion

Jump 

Correct answer:

Motion

Explanation:

“Gesticulate” means wave and gesture to help make a point, so "motion," which can mean gesture when used as a verb, is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "gesticulate": “admonish” means scold or tell off; “laud” means praise; and “condemn” means attack or denounce.

Example Question #63 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

FEIGN

Possible Answers:

Harangue 

Accuse 

Grin 

Bemoan 

Pretend 

Correct answer:

Pretend 

Explanation:

“Feign” means pretend or fake something, so "pretend" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "feign": “bemoan” means complain about; “grin” means smile widely; “accuse” means say someone is guilty of a crime; and “harangue” is a verb that means lecture or verbally criticize.

Example Question #64 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

VIE

Possible Answers:

Endear

Dare

Win 

Quell

Compete 

Correct answer:

Compete 

Explanation:

If you “vie” for attention with your brothers and sisters, you compete for attention with them. Similarly, if two people are “competing” in a competition, they might be vying for the trophy. To further help you, “endear” means to please or delight and “quell” means to stop or suppress.

Example Question #65 : Synonyms: Verbs

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

STIMULATE

Possible Answers:

Bore

Rough

Engage

Rouse

Plan

Correct answer:

Rouse

Explanation:

"Stimulate" means to encourage or excite. "Rouse" is the correct choice, as it means to stir or incite

Example Question #66 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ENTREAT

Possible Answers:

Embitter

Calibrate

Implore

Envision

Mortify

Correct answer:

Implore

Explanation:

"Entreat" is a verb that means beg or implore, so "implore" is the correct answer. As for the other answer choices, none are close in meaning to "entreat": "embitter" means to make bitter; "mortify" means embarrass greatly; "calibrate" means adjust a machine so that its measurements are accurate and standard; and "envision" means imagine or visualize as something that might happen in the future.

Example Question #67 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

LAUD

Possible Answers:

Accept

Praise

Grunt

Repeat

Relive

Correct answer:

Praise

Explanation:

"Laud" most nearly means praise, as in "The graduate was lauded for his tremendous academic achievements."

Example Question #68 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

GRIPE

Possible Answers:

Grasp

Discover

Complain

Emphasize

Select

Correct answer:

Complain

Explanation:

To "gripe" about something means to grumble or "complain" about it.

Example Question #69 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ATONE

Possible Answers:

displace

harmonize

fear

apologize

scold

Correct answer:

apologize

Explanation:

"Atone" means serve a punishment for or take other actions to formally apologize for some crime or wrong, so "apologize" is the correct answer.

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