SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Prefixes

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Example Question #61 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

BESEECH

Possible Answers:

Beg

Warn

Familiarize

Combine

Direct

Correct answer:

Beg

Explanation:

"Beseech" means beg or ask someone to do something, so "beg" is the correct answer. "Combine" means blend or put together. "Direct" is a verb that means order or command. "Warn" means inform someone of a potential danger. "Familiarize" means become familiar with something or gain information about a person or topic.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

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

OUTFOX

Possible Answers:

Outdo

Outnumber

Outwit

Overlook

Underestimate

Correct answer:

Outwit

Explanation:

"Outfox" is a verb that means trick or defeat someone by being more clever than him or her, so we need to pick out a word that means trick using wits. While many of the answer choices also begin with "out," only "outwit" has a meaning similar to "outfox." Since "outwit" means to trick or win against someone by being more clever than him or her, it is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Anglo Saxon

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

BECALM

Possible Answers:

Mock

Soothe

Intrepid 

Frustrate

Adventurous 

Correct answer:

Soothe

Explanation:

“Becalm” means soothe or make calm. The prefix "be-" means to make or to cause, so it makes sense that "becalm" means make calm. So, "soothe" is the correct answer. As for the other answer choices, “mock” means make fun of, and “intrepid” means brave and adventurous.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Other Languages

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

IMPASSE

Possible Answers:

Menacing 

Deadlock 

Revile 

Integrity 

Opening 

Correct answer:

Deadlock 

Explanation:

"Impasse" is a noun used to describe a point at which no further progress can be made, so it is most similar in meaning to “deadlock,” a noun that means stalemate or impasse. For clarification, "integrity" means the quality of adhering to high moral principles, "revile" means to insult, and "menacing" means threatening.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Prefixes From Other Languages

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

ENRAGED

Possible Answers:

Peaceful

Furious

Attractive

Pleasant

Desirable

Correct answer:

Furious

Explanation:

"Enraged" means angry or furious. "Pleasant" means enjoyable or pleasurable. "Desirable" describes something or someone that is liked or wanted. "Attractive" is a synonym of "desirable." "Peaceful" means calm, quiet, and tranquil.

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