English: Word Usage Questions Set 24

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.

  1. Acquire: The two ships were acquired by the navy after the war.
    scatter
    forfeit
    procure
    mislay
    All are correct
    Option
    Acquire = buy or obtain (an asset or object) for oneself.

     

  2. Compel: Sometimes I have to compel my daughter into doing her chores by threatening to keep her allowance.
    coax
    hinder
    dissuade
    constrain
    All are correct
    Option D
    Compel = force or oblige (someone) to do something.

     

  3. 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.
    cogitate
    outlay
    surmount
    buoy
    All are correct
    Option C
    Exceed = be greater in number or size than (a quantity, number, or other measurable thing).

     

  4. Inflict: By blowing up the airport, the terrorist group hoped to inflict fear upon the public.
    engross
    wreak
    beleaguer
    cocoon
    All are correct
    Option B
    Inflict = cause (something unpleasant or painful) to be suffered by someone or something.

     

  5. Afford: The bum claimed he couldn’t pay his bills, but always found a way to afford cigarettes and booze.
    bull
    bespeak
    spare
    pathetic
    All are correct
    Option C
    Afford = have (a resource such as money or time) available or to spare.

     

  6. Construe: How are we supposed to construe the meaning of Janey’s statement when we cannot question her about it?
    austere
    bewilder
    cipher
    expound
    All are correct
    Option D
    Construe = interpret (a word or action) in a particular way.

     

  7. Disparage: I cannot believe that you belittle and disparage people who have little in common with you.
    vilify
    laud
    galvanize
    glorify
    All are correct
    Option A
    Disparage = regard or represent as being of little worth.

     

  8. 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.
    permissible
    civil
    sanctioned
    verboten
    All are correct
    Option D
    Prohibited = that has been forbidden; banned.

     

  9. Prosecution: Prosecution of the defendant will be difficult since the evidence against him is all circumstantial.
    exculation
    exoneration
    arraignment
    demurrer
    All are correct
    Option C
    Prosecution = the institution and conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge.

     

  10. Consent: Fraud charges were filed after the woman used a friend’s credit card without her consent.
    refusal
    acquiesce
    object
    difference
    All are correct
    Option B
    Consent = permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.

     



 

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