GRE Words Alternate Meanings

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  1. alloy
    verb

    to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior; unalloyed means pure
  2. appropriate
    verb

    to take for one's own use, confiscate
  3. arrest, arresting
    verb/adjective

    to suspend; to engage; holding one's attention: as in arrested adolescence, an arresting portrait
  4. august
    adjective

    majestic, venerable
  5. bent
    noun

    leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency: He had a naturally artistic bent
  6. broach
    verb

    bring up, announce, begin to talk about
  7. brook
    verb

    to tolerate, endure, countenance
  8. cardinal
    adjective

    major, as in cardinal sin
  9. chauvinist
    noun

    a blindly devoted person
  10. color
    verb

    to change as if by dyeing, i.e., to distort, gloss or affect: Yellow journalism colored the truth.
  11. consequential
    adjective

    pompous, self-important
  12. damp
    verb

    to diminish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound
  13. die
    noun

    a tool used for shaping, as in a tool-and-die shop
  14. essay
    • verb
    • to test or try; attempt, experiment: The newly born fawn essayed a few wobbly steps
  15. exact
    verb

    to demand, call for, require, take: Even a victorious war exacts a heavy price.
  16. fell
    verb

    to cause to fall by striking: The lumberjacks arrived and felled many trees.
  17. fell
    adjective

    inhumanly cruel: Fell beasts surrounded the explorers
  18. flag
    verb

    to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline: Think of a flag on a windless day, as in her flagging spirits
  19. flip
    adjective

    sarcastic, impertinent, as in flippant: a flip remark
  20. ford
    verb

    to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
  21. grouse
    verb

    to complain or grumble
  22. guy
    noun/verb

    a rope, cord, or cable attached to something as a brace or guide; to steady or reinforce using a guy: Think guide.
  23. intimate
    verb

    to imply, suggest, or insinuate: Are you intimating that I cannot be trusted?
  24. list
    verb

    to tilt or lean to one side: The ship's broken mast listed helplessly in the wind.
  25. lumber
    verb

    to move heavily and clumsily: Lumbering giants on land, walruses are actually graceful swimmers.
  26. meet
    adjective

    fitting, proper: It is altogether meet that Jackie Robinson is in the baseball hall of fame.
  27. milk
    verb

    to exploit, to squeeze every last ounce of
  28. mince
    verb

    pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak too carefully: Don't mince words. Also, to take tiny steps, tiptoe
  29. nice
    adjective

    exacting, fastidious, extremely precise: He made a nice distinction between to cases.
  30. obtain
    adjective

    to be established, accepted, or customary: Those standards no longer obtain.
  31. occult
    adjective

    hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
  32. pedestrian
    adjective

    commonplace, trite, unremarkable, quotidian
  33. pied
    adjective

    multicolored, usually in blotches
  34. pine
    verb

    to lose vigor (as through grief); to yearn
  35. plastic
    adjective

    moldable, pliable, not rigid
  36. pluck
    noun

    courage, spunk, fortitude
  37. prize
    verb

    to pry, to press or force with a lever; something taken by force, spoils
  38. rail
    verb

    to complain about bitterly
  39. rent
    verb/noun

    torn, past of rend; an opening or tear
  40. quail
    verb

    to lose courage, turn frightened
  41. qualify
    verb

    to limit
  42. sap
    verb

    to enervate or weaken the vitality of
  43. sap
    noun

    a fool or nitwit
  44. scurvy
    adjective

    contemptible, despicable
  45. singular
    adjective

    exceptional, unusual, odd
  46. stand
    noun

    a group of trees
  47. steep
    verb

    to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep
  48. strut
    noun

    the supporting structural cross-part of a wing
  49. table
    verb

    to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration
  50. tender
    verb

    to proffer or offer
  51. waffle
    verb

    to equivocate; to change one's position
  52. wag
    noun

    wit, joker
  53. abjure
    verb

    to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
  54. adumbrate
    verb

    to foreshadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
  55. anathema
    noun

    a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
  56. anodyne
    adjective/noun

    soothing, something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
  57. apogee
    noun

    farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
  58. apostate
    noun

    one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
  59. apotheosis
    noun

    deification, glorification to godliness, an exalted example, a model of excellence or perfection
  60. asperity
    noun

    severity, rigor; roughness
  61. asseverate
    verb

    to aver, allege, assert
  62. assiduous
    adjective

    diligent, hard-working, sedulous
  63. augury
    noun

    omen, portent
  64. bellicose
    adjective

    belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
  65. calumniate
    verb

    to slander, make a false accusation
  66. captious
    adjective

    disposed to point out trivial faults, calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
  67. cavil
    verb

    to find fault without good reason
  68. celerity
    noun

    speed, alacrity, think accelerate
  69. chimera
    noun

    an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
  70. contumacious
    adjective

    insubordinate, rebellious
  71. debacle
    noun

    rout, fiasco, complete failure
  72. denouement
    noun

    an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
  73. descry
    verb

    to discriminate or discern
  74. desuetude
    noun

    disuse
  75. desultory
    adjective

    random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
  76. diaphanous
    adjective

    random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
  77. diffident
    adjective

    reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self-confidence
  78. dirge
    noun

    a song of grief or lamentation
  79. encomium
    noun

    glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
  80. eschew
    verb

    to shun or avoid
  81. excoriate
    verb

    to censure scathingly, to upbraid
  82. execrate
    verb

    denounce, feel loathing for, curse, declare to be evil
  83. exegesis
    noun

    critical examination, explication
  84. expiate
    verb

    to atone or make amends for
  85. extirpate
    verb

    to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
  86. fatuous
    adjective

    silly, inanely foolish
  87. fractious
    adjective

    quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable
  88. gainsay
    verb

    to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
  89. heterodox
    adjective

    unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
  90. imbroglio
    noun

    difficult or embarrassing situation
  91. indefatigable
    adjective

    not easily exhaustible; tireless, dogged
  92. ineluctable
    adjective

    certain, inevitable
  93. inimitable
    adjective

    one of a kind, peerless
  94. insouciant
    adjective

    unconcerned, carefree, heedless
  95. inveterate
    adjective

    deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
  96. jejune
    adjective

    vapid, uninteresting, nugatory; childish, immature
  97. lubricious
    adjective

    lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
  98. mendicant
    noun

    a beggar, supplicant
  99. meretricious
    adjective

    cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy; attracting by false show
  100. minatory
    adjective

    menacing, threatening
  101. nadir
    noun

    low point, perigee
  102. nonplussed
    adjective

    baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think
  103. obstreperous
    adjective

    noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
  104. ossified
    adjective

    tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile, and reactionary with age; literally, turned into bone
  105. palliate
    verb

    to make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less severe or intense
  106. panegyric
    noun

    formal praise, eulogy, encomium
  107. parsimonious
    adjective

    cheap, miserly
  108. pellucid
    adjective

    transparent, easy to understand, limpid
  109. peroration
    noun

    the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
  110. plangent
    adjective

    pounding, thundering, resounding
  111. prolix
    adjective

    long-winded, verbose
  112. propitiate
    verb

    to appease; to conciliate
  113. puerile
    adjective

    childish, immature
  114. puissance
    noun

    power, strength
  115. pusillanimous
    adjective

    cowardly, craven
  116. remonstrate
    verb

    to protest, object
  117. sagacious
    adjective

    having sound judgment; perceptive, wise; like a sage
  118. salacious
    adjective

    lustful, lascivious, bawdy
  119. salutary
    adjective

    remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
  120. sanguine
    adjective

    cheerful, confident, optimistic
  121. saturnine
    adjective

    gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
  122. sententious
    adjective

    aphoristic or moralistic
  123. stentorian
    adjective

    extremely loud and powerful
  124. stygian
    adjective

    gloomy, dark
  125. sycophant
    noun

    toady, servile, self-seeking flatter; parasite
  126. tendentious
    adjective

    biased; showing marked tendencies
  127. timorous
    adjective

    timid, fearful, diffident
  128. tyro
    noun

    novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
  129. vitiate
    verb

    to corrupt, debase, spoil, make ineffective
  130. voluble
    adjective

    fluent, verbal

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