SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Roots

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

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Example Question #61 : Synonyms: Roots

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

ABBREVIATE

Possible Answers:

Detect

Choose

Shorten

Inscribe

Announce

Correct answer:

Shorten

Explanation:

"Abbreviate" is a verb derived from the Latin root brevis, meaning short. "Shorten" is a verb with the same meaning, so it is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Roots From Anglo Saxon

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

FOOLHARDY

Possible Answers:

Careful 

Laughable 

Dull-witted 

Cautious 

Reckless 

Correct answer:

Reckless 

Explanation:

The root word "fool" does give a negative implication to the word, however should not be an indicator that the word is related to strict intelligence. Instead, "foolhardy" generally describes someone who disregards consequences or asks impulsively.

Example Question #62 : Synonyms: Roots

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

ALCHEMY

Possible Answers:

Alcove

Cheerfulness

Challenging

Chemistry

Cheep

Correct answer:

Chemistry

Explanation:

"Alchemy" is closest in meaning to "chemistry." Both words share a semantic root. The other words have meanings which are not at all related to alchemy.

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