Patrick's GRE Prep 101-200

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alleviate

relieve (pain)

earmark

set aside (money or time) for a particular purpose

allegory

story, play, or movie in which characters are used as symbols; fable

alluvial

pertaining to soil deposits left by running water

amass

collect (gradually, into a very large amount)

ambience

environment, atmosphere

ambient

completely surrounding, atmospheric

ameliorate

improve, make better

advert

refer, turn attention to, draw attention to, allude

affable

easily approachable, easy to talk to, warm/friendly

affected

1) acted upon, influenced/changed; 2) emotionally stirred; 3) infected (disease); 4) assumed air to impress others; 5) artificed/pretended

affinity

1) a natural attraction, liking; 2) relationship by marriage; 3) inherent similarity

aghast

filled w/great surprise or fear, horrified

agog

highly excited, intensely curious

alacrity

cheerful promptness without reluctance, eagerness, speed

alcove

nook, recess, secluded spot

alienate

1) make unfriendly or hostile; 2) estrange; 3) separate; 4) change ownership of

allocate

assign, set apart for a particular purpose

alloy

N. 1) mixture as of metals; 2) something added that lowers in value or purity; V. 3) mix; 4) make less pure; lower in value/quality; 5) spoil

unalloyed

not in mixture with other metals, pure, complete

allude

refer indirectly

agglomeration

collection, heap

agglomerate

gather into a rounded mass

aggolmeate

jumbled mass, heap

aloft

1) upward; 2) at or to great height; 3) at or on the masthead or upper rigging of a ship

ambivalence

the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions

amble

1) walking at an easy unhurried pace; 2) walk slowly and aimlessly

ambulatory

able to walk

amenable

1) obedient, compliant, readily managed; 2) responsive, willing to be led; 3) responsible, answerable, accountable (legally); 4) able to be tested by; 5) open (_____ to suggestions)

adversity

great hardship or affliction, misfortune, calamitous event

affliction

state of distress, cause distress, trial

aggregate

N. sum, total; V. gather into a mass of whole, accumulate, add up to

aloof

apart, not open in relationships, reserved

amalgamate

combine, unite in one body

amalgam

1) combination of different things; 2) mixture of metals including mercury used for filling holes in teeth

amend

1) change for the better, improve; 2) to remove faults or errors in; 3) to alter legislation by adding/deleting; 4) to enrich (soil) especially by adding organic H2O and sand; 5) better one's conduct, reform

affirmation

1) positive assertion, act of affirming; 2) something declared true; 3) a solemn declaration given in place of a sworn oath by a person who conscientiously objects to the oath

annex

V. attach, add to a large thing, take possession of, incorporate into a larger existing political unit; N. building addition

animus

hostile feeling or intent, hostility, disposition, basic attitude governing spirit

apocalyptic

prophetic, pertaining to revelations (especially of disaster), terrible, ultimately decisive/climactic

anneal

toughen, strengthen, reduce brittleness by heating and cooling

anthology

book of literacy selections by various authors, assortment

apoplexy

stroke, loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brain

angular

sharp-cornered, having an angle, not rounded, bony, lean, gaunt, stiff in manner

aplomb

poise, composure in difficult situations, assurance, self-confidence

analogy

similarity

poise

composure, balance, prepare, hover

amok

frenzied, without self-control, in a state of rage

anodyne

innocuous, not likely to offend or raise tensions; serving to alleviate pain

apathy

lack of caring, indifference, lack of concern or interest in important matters

anticlimax

letdown in thought or emotion, something unexciting, ordinary, or disappointing

amplify

increase in size or effect, expand, broaden or clarify by expanding, intensify, make stronger

amiable

agreeable, lovable, warmly friendly

amicable

peaceful, politely friendly, not quarrelsome

amiss

wrong, faulty

apiary

a place where bees are kept

apiculture

beekeeping

apiarist

person who keeps bees

animated

lively, spirited

anachronism

an error involving time in a story; someone or something misplaced in time

aperture

opening, hole, adjustable opening in a camera or microscope that limits the amount of light

apolitical

having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs

amputate

cut off part of the body, prune

analgesic

causing insensitivity to pain

antediluvian

antiquated, extremely ancient, before the Great Flood

ape

imitate or mimic

antipathy

aversion, dislike, opposition

ancillary

serving as an aid or accessory, auxiliary

apologist

one who writes in defense of a cause or institution

antecedent

1) preceding events that influence what comes later; 2) ancestors; 3) word in a phrase replaced by a substitute (pronoun); 4) the first term in a ratio

anoint

consecrate, put oil on

anthem

song of praise or patriotism

ample

enough, abundant, spacious, large, portly

anecdote

short story of an amusing or interesting event

annul

make void

anathema

solemn curse, someone or something regarded as a curse

anthropoid

manlike, resembling a human being

amity

friendship, peaceful relationship (between nations)

apex

tip, summit, climax, highest point

antiseptic

substance that prevents infection in a wound

annuity

yearly allowance/collection

anthropomorphic

having human form or characteristics

antiquated

obsolete, old-fashioned, outdated

amenities

convenient features that help make life pleasant, social courtesies

analogous

comparable, similar

aphasia

loss of speech due to injury or illness

analgesia

condition of being unable to feel pain

antecede

precede

antithesis

contrast, direct opposite to

apogee

highest point, the point in an orbit the farthest from the orbited body

perigee

lowest point, the point in an orbit the closest to the orbited body

annals

records arranged in yearly parts, history

animadversion

critical remark

animadvert

comment critically with disapproval

apothecary

druggist, pharmacist

anvil

1) a heavy iron block on which metal is shaped; 2) the middle ear bone; 3) the top of a cumulonimbus cloud

apocryphal

unauthenticated, counterfeit, dubious, untrue

amulet

charm, talisman, object worn to protect from evil/bad luck

apostate

one who abandons his religious faith or political views

assert

state strongly or positively, demand recognition of, make claim to

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