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GRE Vocab
2013-07-11 18:06:21
GRE Vocab

GRE prep vocab
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  1. Abase
    • To humble; to disgrace.
    • My intention was not to abase the comedian.
    • Synonyms: demean, humiliate
  2. Abate
    • To reduce in amount, degree, or severity.
    • As the hurricane's force abated, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
    • Synonyms: ebb, lapse, let up, moderate, relent, slacken, subside, wane
  3. Abdicate
    • To give up a position, right, or power.
    • With the angry mob clamoring outside the palace, the king abdicated his throne and fled.
    • Synonyms: cede, quit, relinquish, resign, yield
  4. Aberrant
    • Deviating from what is normal or expected.
    • Since he had been a steady, cheerful worker for many years, his fellow postal workers did not expect his aberrant burst of rage.
    • Synonyms: abnormal, anomalous, deviant, divergent, errant, irregular
  5. Abeyance
    • Temporary suppression or suspension.
    • The baseball game was held in abeyance while it continued to rain.
    • Synonyms: deferral, delay, dormancy, postponement, remission
  6. Abjure
    • To reject; to abandon formally.
    • The spy abjured his allegiance to the United States when he defected to Russia.
    • Synonyms: forswear, recall, recant, retract, take back
  7. Abscond
    • To leave secretly.
    • The patron absconded from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
    • Synonyms: decamp, escape, flee
  8. Abstain
    • To choose not to do something.
    • Before the medical procedure, you must abstain from eating.
    • Synonyms: forbear, refrain, withhold
  9. Abstemious
    • Moderate in appetite.
    • Because Alyce is a vegetarian, she was able to eat only an abstemious meal at the Texas Steakhouse.
    • Synonyms: abstinent, continent, self-restraining, sober, temperate
  10. Abyss
    • An extremely deep hole.
    • The submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths.
    • Synonyms: chasm, void
  11. Accretion
    • A gradual growth in size; an increase in amount.
    • The committee's strong fund-raising efforts resulted in an accretion in scholarship money.
    • Synonyms: accumulation, buildup
  12. Acidulous
    • Sour in taste or manner.
    • The acidulous taste of the spoiled milk made the young boy's lips pucker.
    • Synonyms: acerbic, acetous, biting, piquant, pungent, tart
  13. Acme
    • The highest point; the summit; the highest level or degree attainable.
    • Just when he reached the acme of his power, the dictator was overthrown.
    • Synonyms: apex, peak, summit
  14. Adulterate
    • To make impure.
    • The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by adulterating it with water.
    • Synonyms: debase, doctor, load
  15. Advocate
    • To speak in favor of.
    • The vegetarian advocated a diet containing no meat.
    • Synonyms: back, champion, support
  16. Aerie
    (ayr ee) (eer ee)
    • A nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling.
    • Perched high among the trees, the eagle's aerie was filled with eggs.
    • Synonyms: perch, stronghold
  17. Aesthetic
    (ehs theh tihk)
    • Concerning the appreciation of beauty.
    • The aesthetic movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.
    • Synonyms: artistic, tasteful
  18. Affected
    • Phony; artificial.
    • The affected hairdresser spouted French phrases, though she had never been to France.
    • Synonyms: insincere, pretentious, put-on
  19. Aggrandize
    (uh graan diez)
    • To increase in power, influence, and reputation.
    • The supervisor sought to aggrandize himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
    • Synonyms: amplify, apotheosize, augment, dignify, elevate, enlarge, ennoble, exalt, glorify, magnify, swell, uplift
  20. Alacrity
    (uh laak crih tee)
    • Speed or quickness.
    • The restaurant won a reputation for fine service since the wait staff responded to their clients' request with alacrity.
    • Synonyms: celerity, dispatch, haste, swiftness
  21. Alleviate
    • To make more bearable.
    • Taking aspirin helps to alleviate a headache.
    • Synonyms: allay, assuage, comfort, ease, lessen, lighten, mitigate, palliate, relieve
  22. Amalgamate
    (uh maal guh mayt)
    • To combine; to mix together.
    • Giant Industries amalgamated with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorporated.
    • Synonyms: admix, blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, commix, compound, fuse, intermingle, intermix, merge, mingle, mix, unite
  23. Ambiguous
    • Doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways.
    • The directions he gave were so ambiguous that we disagreed on which way to turn.
    • Synonyms: cloudy, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, indeterminate, nebulous, obscure, unclear, vague
  24. Ameliorate
    (uh meel yuhr ayt)
    • To make better; to improve.
    • The doctor was able to ameliorate the patient's suffering using painkillers.
    • Synonyms: amend, better, improve, pacify, upgrade
  25. Amortize
    (uh mohr tiez)
    • To diminish by installment payments.
    • While college students are notorious for accumulating credit card debt, they are not as well known for amortizing it.
    • Synonyms: decrease, reduce
  26. Archaic
    (ahr kay ihk)
    • Ancient; old-fashioned.
    • Her archaic Commodore computer could not run the latest software.
    • Synonyms: ancient, antediluvian, antique, bygone, dated, dowdy, fusty, obsolete, old-fashioned, outdated, outmoded, passe, prehistoric, stale, supernnuated, superseded, vintage
  27. Ardor
    • Intense and passionate feeling.
    • Bishop's ardor for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
    • Synonyms: devotion, enthusiasm, fervency, fervidity, fervidness, fervor, fire, passion, zeal, zealousness
  28. Arrogate
    (aa ruh gayt)
    • To claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right.
    • Gretchen watched in astonishment as her boss arrogated the credit for her brilliant work on the project.
    • Synonyms: appropriate, presume, take
  29. Articulate
    • Able to speak clearly and expressively.
    • She is extremely articulate when it comes to expressing her pro-labor views; as a result unions are among her strongest supporter.
    • Synonyms: eloquent, expressive, fluent, lucid, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken
  30. Assail
    (uh sayl)
    • To attack; to assault.
    • The foreign army will try to assail our bases, but they will not be successful in their attack.
    • Synonyms: beset, storm, strike
  31. Assuage
    (uh swayj)
    • To make something unpleasant less severe.
    • Like many people, Philip Larkin used alcohol to assuage his sense of meaninglessness and despair.
    • Synonyms: allay, alleviate, appease, comfort, conciliate, ease, lighten, mitigate, mollify, pacify, palliate, placate, propitiate, relieve, soothe, sweeten
  32. Attenuate
    (uh tehn yoo ayt)
    • To reduce in force or degree; to weaken.
    • The Bill of Rights attenuated the traditional power of government to change laws at will.
    • Synonyms: debilitate, devitalize, dilute, enervate, enfeeble, rarefy, sap, thin, undermine, undo, unnerve, weaken
  33. Audacious
    • Fearless and daring.
    • The audacious peasant dared to insult the king's mother.
    • Synonyms: adventuresome, aggressive, assertive, bold, brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, game, heroic, intrepid, mettlesome, plucky, stout, stouthearted, unafraid, undaunted, valiant, valorous, venturesome, venturous
  34. Augury
    (aw guh ree)
    • A prophecy; a prediction of events.
    • Troy hoped the rainbow was an augury of good things to come.
    • Synonyms: auspice, harbinger, omen, portent, presage
  35. August
    • Dignified; grandiose.
    • The august view of the Grand Teton summit took my breath away.
    • Synonyms: admirable, awesome, grand, majestic
  36. Austere
    (aw steer)
    • Severe or stern in appearance; undecorated.
    • The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem austere to the untrained eye.
    • Synonyms: bleak, dour, grim, hard, harsh, severe
  37. Axiom
    • Premise; postulate, self-evident truth.
    • Halle lived her life based on the axioms her grandmother had passed on to her.
    • Synonyms: adage, aphorism, apothegm, maxim, rule
  38. Banal