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Top GRE Words in Context
Top GRE Words in Context
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Kaplan GRE 2011 Premier with CD-ROM (Kaplan GRE Premier Program (W/CD))
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
As the hurricane's force ABATED, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
to leave secretly
from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
to choose not to do something
from choosing a mouthwatering desert from the tray.
an extremely deep hole
The submarine dove into the
to chart the previously unseen depths.
to make impure
The restauranteur made his ketchup last longer by
it with water.
to speak in favor of
a diet containing no meat.
concerning the appreciation of beauty
Followers of the
Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
The supervisor sought to
herself by claiming that the achievements of her staff were actually her own.
to make more bearable
Taking aspirin helps to
to combine; to mix together
with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products incorporated.
doubtful or uncertain; able to interpreted several ways
The directions she gave were so
that we disagreed on which way to turn.
to make better
The doctor was able to
the patient's suffering using painkillers.
something out of time and place
The aged hippie used ANACHRONISTIC phrases like groovy and far out that had not been popular for years.
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
In a famous argument for the existence of God, the universe is
to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clock maker".
deviation from what is normal
Albino animals may display too great an
in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
to annoy or provoke anger
The child discovered that he could
the cat by pulling its tail.
between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
lack of interest or emotion
of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to ARBITRATE their divorce proceedings.
Her ARCHAIC Commodore computer could not run the latest software.
intense and passionate feeling
Bishop's ARDOR for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
able to speak clearly and expressively
to make something unpleasant less severe
Serena used aspirin to ASSUAGE her pounding headache.
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
The Bill of Rights ATTENUATED the traditional power of governments to change laws at will.
fearless and daring
Her AUDACIOUS nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of skydiving,
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
The lack of decoration makes military barracks seem AUSTERE to the civilian eye.
predictable, cliched, boring
He used BANAL phrases.
to support; to prop up
The giant footprints BOLSTERED the argument that Big Foot did exist.
pompous in speech or manner
The radio talk show host was BOMBASTIC.
harsh, jarring noise
impartial and honest in speech
The observations of a child can be charming since they are CANDID.
changing one's mind quickly and often
to punish or criticize harshly
something that brings about a change in something else
biting in wit
She gained her reputation for CAUSTIC wit from her cunning insults.
great disorder or confusion
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
deception by means or craft or guile
Dishonest used car salesmen use CHICANERY to sell their old cars.
convincing and well reasoned
a cogent argument
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
Failing to prosecute minor crimes can be seen as condoning an air of lawlessness.
intricate and complicated
CONVOLUTED ideas and theories
to provide supporting evidence
Fingerprints CORROBORATED the witness' testimony
too trusting; gullible
steadily increasing in volume or force
a CRESCENDO of tension
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
Peasants lacking DECORUM
To treat with DEFERENCE
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
to dry out thoroughly
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
A DESULTORY academic record when change majors
an abusive condemnatory speech
Yelling a DIATRIBE to the person who cut you off in traffic
lacking self confidence
Steve's DIFFIDENT manner
to make larger; to expand
intended to delay
The congressman used DILATORY measures to delay the passage of the bill.
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
to set right; to free from error
Galileo's observations DISABUSED scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the Earth.
to perceive; to recognize
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
Although the twins are identical in physical appearance their personalities are DISPARATE.
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
a firmly held opinion
Biology's central DOGMA
dictatorial in one's opinions
to deceive; a person who is easily deceived
selecting from or made up froma variety of sources
a sorrowful poem or speech
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
to copy; to try to equal or excel
to reduce in strength
to produce, cause, or bring about
a puzzle; a mystery
to count, list, or itemize
The commandments were ENUMERATED on tablets.
lasting a short time
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
When faced with criticism , the politician EQUIVOCATED and left all parties thinking she agreed with them.
wandering and unpredictable
learned, scholarly, bookish
known or understood by only a few
speech in praise of someone
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
to make worse
to clear from blame; prove innocent
urgent; requiring immediate action
to clear of blame
clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
intensely emotional; feverish
excessively decorated or embellished
to arouse or incite
The protesters tried to FOMENT felling against the war.
a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
tending to talk a lot
deceit or trickery
of a similar kind
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
not capable of being disturbed
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
quick to act without thinking
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
not fully formed; disorganized
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
lacking interest or flavor
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
to overwhelm; to cover with water
easily made angry
using few words
to express sorrow; to grieve
to give praise; to glorify
to give unsparingly(v.); extremely generous or extravagant (adj.)
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
clear and easily understood
bright, brilliant, glowing
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
capable of being shaped
a figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
extremely careful about details
a person who dislikes others
to soften; to lessen
to calm or make less severe
lack of variation
lacking sophistication or experience
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
overly submissive and eager to please
to prevent; to make unnecessary
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
a contradiction or dilemma
model of excellence or perfection
someone who shows off learning
willing to betray one's trust
done in a routine way; indifferent
charity; a desire of effort to promote goodness
to soothe or pacify
able to be molded, altered, or bent
practical as opposed to idealistic
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
to lie or deviate from the truth
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
to increase in number quickly
to conciliate; to appease
correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
wisdom, caution, or restraint
sharp and irritating to the senses
to make thinner or sparser
to reject the validity of
effective writing or speaking
to satisfy fully or overindulge
causing sleep or lethargy
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible or fallacious
a mark of shame or discredit
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
lofty or grand
done without using words
silent; not talkative
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
temporary, lasting a brief time
to sway physically; to be indecisive
to respect deeply
filled with truth and accuracy
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
to fluctuate between choices
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
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