SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Verbs

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

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Example Question #419 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ARBITRATE

Possible Answers:

Quarrel

Equate

Evade

Judge

Equivocate

Correct answer:

Judge

Explanation:

To "arbitrate" is to judge or referee. To "equivocate" is to use unclear and ambiguous language in order to mislead. To "evade" is to avoid or elude. To "verify" is to check that something is true or substantiate evidence. To "quarrel" is to bicker or disagree with verbally. To "equate" two things is to state they are equal or make them equivalent in some way.

Example Question #2931 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

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

VANQUISH

Possible Answers:

Clarify

Reconnoiter

Trounce

Elucidate

Spar

Correct answer:

Trounce

Explanation:

To "vanquish" an enemy is to conquer or trounce that enemy. To "spar" is to practice physical fighting, usually boxing. To "clarify" and to "elucidate" both mean to make something clearer. To "reconnoiter" is to survey and scope out a region, particularly for military action.

Example Question #421 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

IMPEDE

Possible Answers:

Anger

Settle

Withdraw

Halt

Spy

Correct answer:

Halt

Explanation:

To "impede" is to interfere with the progress of something.

Low tide and lack of wind impeded the boat’s ability to disengage itself from the sandbar.

To "halt" means to abruptly stop, so it is the best choice.

Example Question #422 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DETECT

Possible Answers:

Sense

Solve

Engender

Miss

Argue

Correct answer:

Sense

Explanation:

To "detect" is to discover or to identify the existence of something.

I detected the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg when I walked into my grandmother’s kitchen.

Do I detect a bit of sarcasm in your answer to my question?

So "sense" is the best choice.

Example Question #423 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SCAN

Possible Answers:

Guide

Scatter

Locate

Clamor

Search

Correct answer:

Search

Explanation:

To "scan" is to search thoroughly.

We scanned the horizon looking for any signs of  an approaching storm.

So "search" is the best answer choice.

Example Question #424 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

EXACERBATE

Possible Answers:

Harden

Scrape

Worsen

Shun

Imigrate

Correct answer:

Worsen

Explanation:

To "exacerbate" is to make a bad thing worse, whether it’s a problem, a situation, or an illness.

If you have the flu and you don’t rest, take your medicine, and drink your fluids, you’ll exacerbate your ailment.

So "worsen" is the answer.



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