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 #61 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

JUSTIFY

Possible Answers:

Warrant

Pretend

Scintillate

Languish

Borrow

Correct answer:

Warrant

Explanation:

"Justify" means be a good reason for something. Similarly, "warrant" means require or deserve something, so "warrant" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "justify": "pretend" means simulate or feign, "languish" means suffer or become weak, scintillate means sparkle or shimmer, and "borrow" means take possession of something temporarily with the intention of returning it to its original owner after one has used it.

Example Question #62 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DECRY

Possible Answers:

Wait

Convene

Criticize

Thank

Chat

Correct answer:

Criticize

Explanation:

To "decry" something is to openly criticize it, so "criticize" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "decry": “wait” means to remain inactive until something expected happens; “convene” means assemblegather or meet;“chat” means converse or have a casual conversation; and “thank” means express gratitude.

Example Question #63 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DESCRY

Possible Answers:

Fail

Conspire

Purge

Phrase

Perceive 

Correct answer:

Perceive 

Explanation:

To "descry" is to perceive or to see by looking carefully, so "perceive" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "descry": “conspire” means to plot to do something morally wrong;“fail” means be unsuccessful; “purge” means get rid of all of something from a certain thing or area; and "phrase” means express with words in a particular way.  

Example Question #64 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

COGITATE

Possible Answers:

Influence

Stalk

Ponder

Fake

Duplicate

Correct answer:

Ponder

Explanation:

"Cogitate" means think about or ponder, so "ponder" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "cogitate":  “stalk” means pursue stealthily;“fake” means to pretend that something is true; to “duplicate” something means to copy it; and to “influence” someone or something means to sway that person or it.

Example Question #65 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

GOAD

Possible Answers:

Recount 

Provoke 

Garrison 

Imply 

Understand 

Correct answer:

Provoke 

Explanation:

To “goad” somebody means to provoke themor to incite a reaction in them, so "provoke" is the correct answer. For clarification, "imply" means to suggest something without directly expressing it, and "garrison" means station military troops somewhere.

Example Question #66 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

OPINE

Possible Answers:

Contend

Contest

Inter

Know

Mingle

Correct answer:

Contend

Explanation:

“Opine” is a verb that means declare to be one’s opinion, so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like say as one’s opinion. That means that “know” cannot be the correct answer, because “know” can mean be absolutely certain or sure about something, and so deals with (perceived) facts instead of opinions. “Contend,” however, is a verb that means assert, and because “contend” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “opine,” “contend” is the correct answer.

Example Question #67 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

PARDON

Possible Answers:

complain

stumble

choose

forgive

condemn

Correct answer:

forgive

Explanation:

"Pardon" means to forgive or excuse.

Example Question #68 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

SUMMON

Possible Answers:

call

change

buy

send

puncture

Correct answer:

call

Explanation:

"Summon" means to urgently call someone.

Example Question #69 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

PROSCRIBE

Possible Answers:

Reverse

Condemn

Leak

Recommend

Mix

Correct answer:

Condemn

Explanation:

To "proscribe" is to condemn.

Example Question #61 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

REDACT

Possible Answers:

Invigorate

Pulse

Churn

Edit

Starve

Correct answer:

Edit

Explanation:

"Redact" means to censure or prepare a written work for being published, or "edit."

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