SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, and Understanding

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

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

CAPTIVATE

Possible Answers:

debate

honor

imprison

charm

hedge

Correct answer:

charm

Explanation:

Captivate means to charm.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Synonyms

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

LAUD

Possible Answers:

attack

praise

lord

achieve

bury

Correct answer:

praise

Explanation:

Laud means to praise.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "endorse" is __________.

Possible Answers:

dispute

oppose

interfere

lull

espouse

Correct answer:

espouse

Explanation:

"Endorse" is a verb that means "to publicly or officially say that you support or approve of someone or something," so we need to pick out another word that means something like "support." While "oppose" and "espouse" may look and sound somewhat alike, "oppose" means "to disagree with or disapprove of something or someone," so it is an antonym of "endorse" and not the correct answer. "Espouse," on the other hand, is a verb that can mean either "to marry" or "to express support for a cause or belief." Because "espouse" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "endorse," it is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "allude" is __________.

Possible Answers:

write down

tell about

refer to directly

cite from

refer to indirectly

Correct answer:

refer to indirectly

Explanation:

"Allude" is a verb that means "to make an indirect reference to," so we need to pick an answer that means "reference indirectly." "Cite from" and "Refer to directly" may both seem like correct answers, but they involve direct references, whereas "allude" specifically involves indirect references. The only answer choice that specifically involves indirect references is "refer to indirectly," so "refer to indirectly" is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "dispute" is __________.

Possible Answers:

poise

prototype

debate

contract

competition

Correct answer:

debate

Explanation:

Since "dispute" means "disagreement, argument, or verbal controversy," we need to pick out another answer choice that also means "disagreement." While "competition" and "debate" might both look like potentially correct answers, "competition" means "the act or process of trying to win something that someone else is trying to win," whereas "debate" means "a discussion between people in which they express different opinions about something." Since both "dispute" and "debate" mean "disagreement," "debate" is the correct answer.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "imply" is . . .

Possible Answers:

regurgitate

cite

suggested

pardon

intimate

Correct answer:

intimate

Explanation:

"Imply" is a verb meaning "strongly suggest the truth or existence of something not expressly stated," or "suggest something as a logical consequence" when used to refer to facts or occurences. So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "strongly suggest something unstated." While "suggested" may look like the correct answer, "suggested" is not an infinitive verb, but an adjective or a verb conjugated for the past tense, so "suggested" cannot be the correct answer. "Intimate," however, can be used as a verb meaning "imply or hint," or "state or make known." Because "intimate" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "imply," "intimate" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Verbs

REITERATE

Possible Answers:

scold

reply

repeat

pardon

rectify

Correct answer:

repeat

Explanation:

"Reiterate" means to repeat, as in something said.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "decry" is __________.

Possible Answers:

spy

compliment

eat

manage

disparage

Correct answer:

disparage

Explanation:

"Decry" is a verb that means "publicly denounce," so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "denounce." So, "compliment" cannot be the correct answer because "compliment" is an antonym of "decry," not a synonym. "Disparage," however, is a verb that means "regard or represent as being of little worth," and because "disparage" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "decry," "disparage" is the correct answer.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of "purport" is __________.

Possible Answers:

exist

impersonate

run

expose

languish

Correct answer:

impersonate

Explanation:

"Purport" is a word that can be used as either a noun or a verb, but because all of the potential answer choices are verbs, we will need to consider "purport" as a verb. When used as a verb, "purport" means "appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely; profess." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "appear to be something, especially falsely." "Expose," then, cannot be the correct answer, because while one might expose the true qualities of someone falsely purporting to have other qualities, "expose" does not mean the same thing as "purport." "Impersonate," however, is a verb that means "pretend to be (another person) as entertainment or in order to deceive someone," and because "impersonate" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "purport," "impersonate" is the correct answer.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

A synonym of “specify” is __________.

Possible Answers:

generalize

suggest

designate

kick

munch

Correct answer:

designate

Explanation:

“Specify” is a verb that means “identify clearly and definitely,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “identify clearly.” That means that “generalize” cannot be the correct answer, because “make general or broad statement by inferring from specific cases,” a meaning very distant from that of “specify.” “Designate,” however, is a verb that can mean “ signify; indicate,” and because “designate” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “specify,” “designate” is the correct answer.

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