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 #81 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

ENTREAT

Possible Answers:

Concoct

Spoil

Conspire

Push

Urge

Correct answer:

Urge

Explanation:

"Entreat" means to ask anxiously for someone to do something, or to "urge."

Example Question #82 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

CONVERSE

Possible Answers:

Weaken

Talk

Manipulate

Rehearse

Force

Correct answer:

Talk

Explanation:

"Converse," when used as a verb, means to engage in conversation, or to "talk." When used as an adjective, "converse" means opposite, but since all of the potential answer choices are verbs, this should not be the meaning of "converse" that we rely upon.

Example Question #83 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

CASTIGATE

Possible Answers:

Generate

Loiter

Criticize

Acquire

Verbalize

Correct answer:

Criticize

Explanation:

To "castigate" is to criticize.

Example Question #84 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

OBFUSCATE

Possible Answers:

Reveal

Complain

Complex

Hide

Obtuse

Correct answer:

Hide

Explanation:

"Obfuscate" means to make something unclear or confusing. It can also mean to hide. "Hide" is the best choice as it is part of the definition of "obfuscate." Considering the other answer choices, "reveal" means to make known or to show, "obtuse" means not smart or dull, "complain" means to express dissatisfaction, and "complex" means complicated.  

Example Question #81 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

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

UNDERSCORE

Possible Answers:

Calculate

Petrify

Raze

Pinch

Emphasize

Correct answer:

Emphasize

Explanation:

"To underscore" is to emphasize or to stress.

Example Question #86 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DIGRESS

Possible Answers:

Find

Wander

Dig

Hurt

Discover

Correct answer:

Wander

Explanation:

To "digress" means to veer off from a topic, specifically in speech. (Example: "Jonathan has trouble staying on point and often digresses when offering explanations.") Thus, "wander" is closest in meaning to "digress" and is therefore the synonym.

Example Question #87 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

PRATTLE

Possible Answers:

Annoy

Obscure

Confuse

Interest

Babble

Correct answer:

Babble

Explanation:

To "prattle" means to talk on and on in a manner that is silly and senseless. To "babble" means to speak in a way that is illogical and unintelligent sounding. Given how similar these words are, they are synonyms. While it may "annoy" someone to hear another person "prattle," the words are not synonyms because they don't mean the same thing. (Instead, there is a causal relationship between them: when one person prattles, that can annoy another.)

Example Question #88 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DEBUNK

Possible Answers:

Disprove

Unfold

Ruminate

Dislike

Untuck

Correct answer:

Disprove

Explanation:

"Debunk" means to prove to be false. While the word sounds like it might mean to "untuck," this answer choice is a trick. The best answer choice is thus "disprove," which means to prove that something is not true.

Example Question #89 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

INDEMNIFY

Possible Answers:

Compensate

Elect

Regulate

Soothe

Pinch

Correct answer:

Compensate

Explanation:

"Indemnify" is a verb that means to compensate someone for a damage or loss.  It can also mean to ensure financial reimbursement in case of a future loss.  The root word "indemnis" means unhurt. So, "compensate" is the correct answer because it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "indemnify."

Example Question #90 : Synonyms: Verbs

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

DECREE

Possible Answers:

Command

Imperial

Pennant

Opulence

Harbinger

Correct answer:

Command

Explanation:

"Decree" can function either as a noun or an verb. As a noun, a "decree" is a law or rule made by an authority; as an verb, it means to create such a law or rule and put it into effect. While "imperial" may seem like a good answer choice because someone who is imperial may issue decrees, "imperial" is not a synonym of "decree," so we should skip it. Of the listed answer choices, "command" is the closest synonym; it can similarly act as a noun or verb and means either an order issued by an authority or to issue such an order.

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