SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #71 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SCRUTINIZE

Possible Answers:

Attach

Enchant

Dirty

Misrepresent

Inspect

Correct answer:

Inspect

Explanation:

"Scrutinize" means inspect or examine in detail, so "inspect" is the correct answer.

Example Question #72 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

JEST

Possible Answers:

Scold

Joke

Stab

Remark

Understand

Correct answer:

Joke

Explanation:

To "jest" means to joke, and a "jest" is a joke, so "joke" is the correct answer.

Example Question #73 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

CAPITULATE

Possible Answers:

Thwart

Yield

Leap

Resist

Promise

Correct answer:

Yield

Explanation:

“Capitulate” is a verb that means surrender. “Resist,” then, cannot be the correct answer, because “resist” is a verb that can mean refuse to surrender to; that means that “resist” is an antonym of “capitulate,” not a synonym. “Yield,” however, can mean relent and agree to and because “yield” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “capitulate,” “yield” is the correct answer.

Example Question #74 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DIVULGE

Possible Answers:

Split

Keep

Withhold

Double

Reveal

Correct answer:

Reveal

Explanation:

"Divulge" is a verb that means make something secret known. Of the given answer choices, "reveal" has the closest meaning. 

Example Question #75 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

INFER

Possible Answers:

Summarize

Know

Realize

Surmise

Enwrap

Correct answer:

Surmise

Explanation:

"Infer" means figure something out without that information being directly conveyed or supported by evidence, so "surmise," which means figure out indirectly, is the correct answer.

Example Question #76 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SOLICIT

Possible Answers:

Present

Consider

Request

Condense

Command

Correct answer:

Request

Explanation:

"Solicit" is a verb that means "ask for or try to obtain something from someone." So, we need to pick out another word that means something like "ask for." While "command" might look like a good answer, as a verb, "command" means "give an authoritative order," so "command" doesn't mean the same thing as "solicit" and is not the correct answer. "Request," however, means "politely or formally ask for," and since "request" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "solicit," "request" is the correct answer.

Example Question #75 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

COERCE

Possible Answers:

Beg

Pressure

Imply

Beautify

Measure

Correct answer:

Pressure

Explanation:

“Coerce” is a verb that means either “persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats” or “obtain (something) by using force or threats,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “persuade using force or threats” or “obtain by using force or threats.” That means that “beg” cannot be the correct answer, because “beg” means “ask (someone) earnestly or humbly for something,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “coerce.” “Pressure,” however, when used as a verb, means “attempt to persuade or coerce (someone) into doing something,” and because “pressure” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “coerce,” “pressure” is the correct answer.

Example Question #77 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

OSTRACIZE

Possible Answers:

Personify

Register

Solve

Exclude

Provoke

Correct answer:

Exclude

Explanation:

To "ostracize" is to exclude a person from a particular group or from society.

Example Question #78 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

BELLOW

Possible Answers:

Laud

Whisper 

Shout 

Assume 

Judge 

Correct answer:

Shout 

Explanation:

“Bellow” is a verb that means to shout loudly, so the correct answer is “shout.” For clarification, "laud" means to praise, and "assume" means to believe something without checking to make sure it is true.

Example Question #79 : Synonyms: Verbs

CHORTLE

Possible Answers:

Dash

Brawl

Wiggle

Giggle

Bawl

Correct answer:

Giggle

Explanation:

“Chortle” is a verb that means “laugh in a breathy, gleeful way; chuckle,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “laugh” or “chuckle.” “Bawl” may look like a potentially correct answer because, like “chortle,” it describes a noise people can make, but “bawl” actually means either “shout or call out noisily and unrestrainedly” or “weep or cry noisily.” So, because “bawl” does not mean the same thing as “chortle,” it cannot be the correct answer. “Giggle,” however, is a verb that means “laugh lightly in a nervous, affected, or silly manner,” and because “giggle” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “chortle,” “giggle” is the correct answer.

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