SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #409 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

FOSTER

Possible Answers:

Promote

Fail

Speak

Design

Liberate

Correct answer:

Promote

Explanation:

"Foster" means to promote.

Example Question #410 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

BIDE

Possible Answers:

Propose

Discover

Wait

Steal

Chew

Correct answer:

Wait

Explanation:

"Bide" means to wait.

Example Question #411 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

INTERROGATE

Possible Answers:

Suggest

Interrupt

Imply

Question

Incinerate

Correct answer:

Question

Explanation:

"Interrogate" and "question" are synonymous. To "interrupt" something is to halt the continuity or jump into the middle of something. To "incinerate" something is to burn that thing up. "Imply" and "suggest" are synonyms meaning to give the impression of something without stating it directly.

Example Question #412 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ECONOMIZE

Possible Answers:

Confine

Hone

Deteriorate

Conserve

Detain

Correct answer:

Conserve

Explanation:

The verb "economize" means to cut costs, to try and save money. This is closest in meaning to "conserve" which means to save something, to keep something for later. Additionally, "hone" means to sharpen one's skills; "confine" means imprison, lock up, prevent from leaving; "detain" means hold, imprison; "deteriorate" means weaken over time.

Example Question #413 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

HONE

Possible Answers:

Mollify

Pratter

Impute

Sharpen

Innovate

Correct answer:

Sharpen

Explanation:

The verb "hone" means to sharpen, particularly to sharpen one's skills and refine one's performance. Additionally, "innovate" means come up with new ideas and solutions; "pratter" means talk foolishly; "mollify" means calm, soothe, assuage; "impute" means attribute to, claim is responsible for or associated with.

Example Question #414 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

EMBROIDER

Possible Answers:

Bellow

Decorate

Acclaim

Desist

Warble

Correct answer:

Decorate

Explanation:

The verb "embroider" means to sew or stitch cloth so as to decorate it. Additionally, "desist" means stop doing; "warble" means sing (like a bird); "acclaim" means widely praise; "bellow" means shout, yell

Example Question #415 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DISBURSE

Possible Answers:

Spend

Depose

Collect

Entreat

Query

Correct answer:

Spend

Explanation:

To "disburse" means to pay for the expense of, to "spend." Additionally, "depose" means take over power from; "query" means question, inquire about; "entreat" means urge, beg, plead.

Example Question #416 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

RENDER

Possible Answers:

Hope

Give

Despise

Admire

Take

Correct answer:

Give

Explanation:

The verb "render" means supply with, give to, provide for. It can also mean make manifest, cause to appear. The initial usage is less common in contemporary language, although certainly still in use. You will have likely heard it used in the context " . . . render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's." Which is a very famous quote from the Bible which means "give to your ruler what you should."

Example Question #417 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

EXONERATE

Possible Answers:

Free

Flee

Pardon

Negotiate

Enervate

Correct answer:

Pardon

Explanation:

To "exonerate" is to clear someone from accusations, blame, or guilt. To "liberate" someone is to free them; "exonerated" felons are liberated after their exoneration has already happened. To "negotiate" is to work together toward a mutually agreeable outcome. To "flee" is to run away. To "enervate" is to cause something to weaken or tire.

Example Question #418 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ABDICATE

Possible Answers:

Arbitrate

Resign

Speculate

Usurp

Cower

Correct answer:

Resign

Explanation:

To "abdicate" is to resign or step down from a high position, usually a royal one. To "usurp" is to take over a leadership position by force. To "speculate" is to make conjectures, and to "arbitrate" is to judge or referee. To "cower" is to crouch and cringe in fear.

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