SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Roots

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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:

Inscribe

Announce

Shorten

Choose

Detect

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:

Dull-witted 

Reckless 

Cautious 

Laughable 

Careful 

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:

Challenging

Alcove

Chemistry

Cheerfulness

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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