SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms

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

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms

A synonym of “warrant” is __________.

Possible Answers:

demand

surge

deserve

enervate

deny

Correct answer:

deserve

Explanation:

“Warrant” is a word that can be used as a noun or a verb, but because all of the potential answer choices are verbs, we will need to consider “warrant” as a verb. When used as a verb, “warrant” can mean “justify or necessitate a certain course of action.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “justify” or “guarantee.” That means that “deny” cannot be the correct answer, because “deny” can mean “state that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of” a meaning very distant from that of “warrant.” “Deserve,” however, is a verb that means “do something or have or show qualities worthy of reward or punishment,” and because “deserve” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “warrant,” “deserve” is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

A synonym of “enunciate” is __________.

Possible Answers:

murmur

sing

belch

provoke

articulate

Correct answer:

articulate

Explanation:

“Enunciate” is a verb that can mean “say or pronounce clearly,” “express something in clear or definite terms,” or “proclaim.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “say clearly,” “express something in clear or definite terms,” or “proclaim.” That means that “murmur” cannot be the correct answer, because “murmur,” when used as a verb, means “say something in a low, soft, or indistinct voice,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “enunciate.” “Articulate,” however, when used as a verb, can mean “pronounce something clearly and distinctly,” and because “articulate” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “enunciate,” “articulate” is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms

A synonym of “ubiquitous” is __________.

Possible Answers:

ominous

pervasive

cold

limited

potential

Correct answer:

pervasive

Explanation:

“Ubiquitous” is an adjective that means “found everywhere,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “found everywhere.” That means that “limited” cannot be the correct answer, because “limited” can mean “few, small, or short,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “ubiquitous.” “Pervasive,” however, is an adjective that is used especially of an unwelcome influence or physical effect and means “spreading widely throughout an area,” and because “pervasive” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “ubiquitous,” “pervasive” is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms

A synonym of “captivate” is __________.

Possible Answers:

mesmerize

forget

emit

invite

disgust

Correct answer:

mesmerize

Explanation:

“Captivate” is a verb that means “attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “charm.” That means that “disgust” cannot be the correct answer, because “disgust,” when used as a verb, means “cause someone to feel revulsion or profound disapproval,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “captivate.” “Mesmerize,” however, is a verb that means “hold the attention of someone to the exclusion of all else,” and because “mesmerize” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “captivate,” “mesmerize” is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms

A synonym of “frequent” is __________.

Possible Answers:

tentative

occasional

recurrent

destructive

profound

Correct answer:

recurrent

Explanation:

“Frequent” is an adjective that can mean “occurring or done on many occasions,” “doing something often; habitual,” when used of a person, or “found at short distances apart.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “occurring in quick succession,” “habitual,” or “found at short distances apart.” That means that “occasional” cannot be the correct answer, because “occasional” means “occurring, appearing, or done infrequently and irregularly,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “frequent.” “Recurrent,” however, is an adjective that means “occurring often or repeatedly,” and because “recurrent” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “frequent,” “recurrent” is the correct answer.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms

A synonym of “beleaguer” is __________.

Possible Answers:

trouble

demand

intend

suggest

ease

Correct answer:

trouble

Explanation:

“Beleaguer” is a verb that can mean either “lay siege to” or “beset with difficulties,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “lay siege to” or “beset with difficulties.” That means that “ease” cannot be the correct answer, because “ease,” when used as a verb, means “make less serious or severe,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “beleaguer.” “Trouble,” however, when used as a verb, means “cause distress or anxiety to,” and because “trouble” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “beleaguer,” “trouble” is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms

The following question consists of one word followed by five words or phrases. You are to select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

ENGIMATIC

Possible Answers:

definite

impolite

occasional

mysterious

superb

Correct answer:

mysterious

Explanation:

"Enigmatic" most nearly means mysterious, as in "When Harry was unexpectedly announced the winner of the race, he accepted his prize with an enigmatic smile."

Example Question #3 : Synonyms

The following question consists of one word followed by five words or phrases. You are to select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

NOTICEABLE

Possible Answers:

humble

vast

general

distinct

misused

Correct answer:

distinct

Explanation:

"Noticeable" most nearly means distinct, evident, clear or apparent, as in "The noticeable increase in staff led to better customer service during check out."

Example Question #7 : Synonyms

The following question consists of one word followed by five words or phrases. You are to select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

VALIANT

Possible Answers:

shadowy

proper

heroic

competent

dimpled

Correct answer:

heroic

Explanation:

"Valiant" most nearly means heroic or very brave, as in "The soldier charged the battle line with valiant enthusiasm."

Example Question #8 : Synonyms

The following question consists of one word followed by five words or phrases. You are to select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

NONCHALANT

Possible Answers:

profitable

plain

whimsical

unconcerned

functional

Correct answer:

unconcerned

Explanation:

"Nonchalant" most nearly means unconcerned, appearing casually calm and relaxed, as in "The student's nonchalant answer to the question displayed that he knew that material and was ready for the test."

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