SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Suffixes

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #71 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

EGOTIST

Possible Answers:

Selfless person 

Calm person 

Athletic person 

Wise person 

Conceited person 

Correct answer:

Conceited person 

Explanation:

An "egotist" is a selfish and conceited person. For clarification, "conceited" means self-obsessed and arrogant.

Example Question #72 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

LEGIBLE

Possible Answers:

Readable

Energetic

Intelligent

Rash

Humorous

Correct answer:

Readable

Explanation:

"Legible" means neat enough to be read and understood, so "readable" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "legible": "intelligent" means smart; "energetic" means lively or possessing a lot of energy; "rash" means reckless or careless; and "humorous" means funny.

Example Question #73 : 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.

PACIFY

Possible Answers:

soothe

agree

a baby's toy

dismiss

surrender

Correct answer:

soothe

Explanation:

"Pacify" means to soothe or ease.

Example Question #74 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

Each of the following questions 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.

FORTIFY

Possible Answers:

strengthen

bend

win

serve

inspire

Correct answer:

strengthen

Explanation:

Fortify most nearly means strengthen as in "After the attack, the governor elected to fortify the city".

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Suffixes From Latin

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Unify

Possible Answers:

to bring together

to impress

to order

to extend

to separate

Correct answer:

to bring together

Explanation:

"Unify" means to bring together.

Example Question #81 : 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.

NULLIFY

Possible Answers:

Support 

Document

Service 

Supplant

Invalidate 

Correct answer:

Invalidate 

Explanation:

"Nullify" means to make something invalid or to cancel something, so the correct answer is “invalidate.” For clarification, "supplant" means replace.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Suffixes From Latin

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Reasonable

Possible Answers:

Delicious

Honorable

Logical

Irritating

Unfair

Correct answer:

Logical

Explanation:

"Reasonable" means logical, rational, or possessing reason.

Example Question #82 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

ILLUMINATE

Possible Answers:

Make sad

Make happy 

Make clear 

Make unclear 

None of those mentioned

Correct answer:

Make clear 

Explanation:

To illuminate something means to shed light on it, to make it clear. The part of the word -lum- generally refers to light or clarity as in illuminate, luminous, illumination, etc.

Example Question #83 : 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.

ANTAGONIZE

Possible Answers:

Ajar

Undermine

Barter

Retreat

Provoke

Correct answer:

Provoke

Explanation:

"Antagonize" means alienate or provoke, so "provoke" is the correct answer. "Undermine" means weaken. "Ajar" is an adjective that means slightly open. "Barter" is a verb that means trade or negotiate the price of an item. "Retreat" means withdraw or move back to a previous location.

Example Question #84 : Using Prefixes, Suffixes, And Roots To Identify Synonyms

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

VILIFY

Possible Answers:

Tighten 

Enlarge 

Abuse 

Declare

Forgive 

Correct answer:

Abuse 

Explanation:

If you “vilify” someone, you say or write harsh and critical things about them. It is related to the root word "villain." Remember that the suffix "-ify" means to make or invest with attributes. "Villify" is similar in meaning to "abuse," which means to treat harshly or unfairly. To clarify the other terms, “declare” means say publically; “enlarge” means get bigger.

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