SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, and Understanding

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #151 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

RESCIND

Possible Answers:

Liberate

Inspire

Cancel

Commence

Convene

Correct answer:

Cancel

Explanation:

The verb "rescind" means to retract, to take back, to cancel, to withdraw a decision. Additionally, "liberate" means set free; "commence" means begin; "convene" means meet up.

Example Question #152 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

ABJURE

Possible Answers:

Portray

Renounce

Apprehend

Personify

Ponder

Correct answer:

Renounce

Explanation:

The verb "abjure" means to formally renounce something previously important, to reject, to disavow. Additionally, "portray" means depict, show, represent as; "apprehend" means catch, arrest; "ponder" means think deeply about; "personify" means represent in human form.

Example Question #153 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

BANTER

Possible Answers:

Offend

Tease

Honor

Isolate

Amuse

Correct answer:

Tease

Explanation:

The verb "banter" means to playfully tease (usually among friends)

Example Question #154 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

GALVANIZE

Possible Answers:

Eradicate

Disgust

Motivate

Oust

Inoculate

Correct answer:

Motivate

Explanation:

The verb "galvanize" means to motivate, to inspire someone to action, to impel someone into action. Additionally, "oust" means to forcibly remove from power; "eradicate" means completely destroy, get rid of; "inoculate" means vaccinate, provide protection from a disease.

Example Question #155 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

CIRCULATE

Possible Answers:

Spread

Suspend

Solicit

Sojourn

Shock

Correct answer:

Spread

Explanation:

The verb "circulate" means to move through or to cause to flow through. It can also mean to pass an idea or item from one person to another, to "spread" something around. Additionally, "suspend" means pause, halt; "sojourn" means stay temporarily; "solicit" means ask for, request, seek help from.

Example Question #156 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

DIGRESS

Possible Answers:

Embezzle

Waive

Convene

Stray

Adulterate

Correct answer:

Stray

Explanation:

The verb "digress" means to deviate, to stray from the main point and become distracted by something else. Additionally, "convene" means meet up; "adulterate" means make impure, make contaminated; "waive" means give up, relinquish rights or control; "embezzle" means steal from a business that you work for.

Example Question #157 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

ILLUSTRATE

Possible Answers:

Wander

Contend

Show

Leap

Teach

Correct answer:

Show

Explanation:

The verb "illustrate" is most commonly used to mean draw, paint. It also has an important secondary meaning - to show, to demonstrate, to show how something is done or what something means.

Example Question #158 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

EQUIVOCATE

Possible Answers:

Summarize

Bloviate

Curate

Prevaricate

Quiver

Correct answer:

Prevaricate

Explanation:

To "equivocate" and to "prevaricate" both mean to deceive through misleading and often wordy speech. To "quiver" is to tremble, and to "curate" is to gather together exhibits as for an art gallery. To "bloviate" is to talk in an overblown, pompous way. To "summarize" is to create a summary.

Example Question #159 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

SUBSTANTIATE

Possible Answers:

Grouse

Effect

Barter

Verify

Gripe

Correct answer:

Verify

Explanation:

To "substantiate" something is to verify the truth of it. To "barter" is to trade, and to "grouse" and to "gripe" are both to complain in a whiny way. To "effect" a change or a certain act is to bring it about.

Example Question #160 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

CONSPIRE

Possible Answers:

Carouse

Plot

Elucidate

Enervate

Fortify

Correct answer:

Plot

Explanation:

To "conspire" is to connive or "plot" with someone. To "fortify" something is to strengthen it, whereas to "enervate" something is to weaken it. "Elucidate" is a synonym for "clarify." To "carouse" is to celebrate and be merry in a rowdy, usually drunken manner.

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