Directions (1-10): In each of the following questions one sentence is given with a word in bold, choose the most similar meaning of that word and mark it as your answer.
- Acquire: The two ships were acquired by the navy after the war.
scatterforfeitprocuremislayAll are correctOption
Acquire = buy or obtain (an asset or object) for oneself.
- Compel: Sometimes I have to compel my daughter into doing her chores by threatening to keep her allowance.
coaxhinderdissuadeconstrainAll are correctOption D
Compel = force or oblige (someone) to do something.
- Exceed: Since I joined the new weight loss system, I was able to exceed my goal of losing 10 pounds by losing twice that amount.
cogitateoutlaysurmountbuoyAll are correctOption C
Exceed = be greater in number or size than (a quantity, number, or other measurable thing).
- Inflict: By blowing up the airport, the terrorist group hoped to inflict fear upon the public.
engrosswreakbeleaguercocoonAll are correctOption B
Inflict = cause (something unpleasant or painful) to be suffered by someone or something.
- Afford: The bum claimed he couldn’t pay his bills, but always found a way to afford cigarettes and booze.
bullbespeaksparepatheticAll are correctOption C
Afford = have (a resource such as money or time) available or to spare.
- Construe: How are we supposed to construe the meaning of Janey’s statement when we cannot question her about it?
austerebewildercipherexpoundAll are correctOption D
Construe = interpret (a word or action) in a particular way.
- Disparage: I cannot believe that you belittle and disparage people who have little in common with you.
vilifylaudgalvanizeglorifyAll are correctOption A
Disparage = regard or represent as being of little worth.
- Prohibited: Movie theaters prohibit customers from being on their phone in the theater, often asking them to leave if they do not follow the rules.
permissiblecivilsanctionedverbotenAll are correctOption D
Prohibited = that has been forbidden; banned.
- Prosecution: Prosecution of the defendant will be difficult since the evidence against him is all circumstantial.
exculationexonerationarraignmentdemurrerAll are correctOption C
Prosecution = the institution and conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge.
- Consent: Fraud charges were filed after the woman used a friend’s credit card without her consent.
refusalacquiesceobjectdifferenceAll are correctOption B
Consent = permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.
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