Barrons GRE Wordlist 4,842 words

4759 terms by aaloksiingh 

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abase

lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect

n abash

embarrass

n abate

subside or moderate

abbreviate

shorten

abdicate

renounce; give up (position, right, or responsibility)

aberrant

abnormal or deviant

aberration

deviation from the normal; mental disorder

n abet

assist usually in doing something wrong; encourage

n abeyance

suspended action

abhor

detest; hate

abject

(of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology

abjure

renounce upon oath

ablution

washing

abnegation

renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation

abolish

cancel; put an end to

abominate

loathe; hate

abominable

detestable; extremely unpleasant

aboriginal

being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine

abortive

unsuccessful; fruitless

abrasive

rubbing away; tending to grind down

abridge

condense or shorten

abrogate

abolish

n abscission

cutting off; separation

abscond

depart secretly and hide

absolute

complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex. absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutism

absolve

pardon (an offense)

abstain

refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote; ±â±ÇÇÏ´Ù

abstemious

sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

abstinence

restraint from pleasant things, esp. eating or drinking; CF. abstention: act of abstaining from vote

abstract

theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational

abstruse

obscure; profound; difficult to understand

abusive

coarsely insulting; physically harmful

n abut

border upon; adjoin

abysmal

bottomless

abyss

enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit

academic

related to a school; not practical or directly useful

accede

agree

accelerate

move faster

accessible

easy to approach; obtainable

accessory

additional object; useful but not essential thing

acclaim

applaud; praise; greet with great approval; announce with great approval; Ex. The new drung has been acclaimed as the most important discoveries for years; N: strong expression of approval and praise

acclimate

adjust to climate or environment; adapt

n acclivity

sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivity

accolade

award of merit; strong praise and approval

accommodate

oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt; make enough space for; ADJ. accommodative; CF. accomodating: helpful and obliging

accomplice

partner in crime

accord

agreement

accost

approach and speak first to a person

n accoutre

equip; N. accoutrement

accretion

growth or increase in size by gradual addition; growth; increase; increase by natural growth; Ex. towers and other accretions of the castle; V. accrete

accrue

come to one as a gain; accumulate over time; come about by addition; Ex. benefits that accrue from scientific research; Ex. interest accruing in a bank account; N. accrual

n acerbity

bitterness of speech and temper; ADJ. acerbic: bitter; acrid (in taste, manner, or tone)

n acetic

vinegary

n acidulous

slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic

acknowledge

recognize; admit

n acme

peak; pinnacle; highest point

acoustics

science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in

acquiesce

assent; agree passively; comply without protest

acquittal

deliverance from a charge; V. acquit: free from a charge or accusation; discharge from a duty; conduct (oneself) in a specified manner

n acrid

bitter (to the taste or smell); sharp; bitterly pungent

n acrimonious

stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner; N. acrimony: bitter ill-natured animosity in speech or behavior

acrophobia

fear of heights

actuarial

calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics

actuary

someone who advises insurance companies

n actuate

motivate; activate; cause to act

acuity

sharpness (of mind or senses of sight or hearing)

acumen

mental keenness; sharpness of judgment; ability to judge quickly and well; Ex. business acumen

acute

(of the senses) sharp; quickly perceptive; keen; penetrating; brief and severe; Ex. acute sense of smell/analysis/pain

n adage

wise saying; proverb

s proverb

adage; someone or something well known for notoriety; ADJ. proverbial: of a proverb; widely known; ADV. proverbially

adamant

hard; inflexible

adapt

make or become suitable for a specific use; alter; modify; adjust; N. adaptation: act of adapting; composition recast into a new form; Ex. The play is an adaption of a short novel.

n addendum

addition; appendix to book; something that is added (as at the end of a speech or book)

addiction

compulsive habitual need

n addle

make or become confused; muddle; drive crazy; become rotten (egg)

address

direct a speech to; speak to; deal with or discuss; direct one's efforts or attention to; make with a destination; N: formal speech

adept

expert at; very skilled

adhere

stick fast; be a devotd follower; N. adhesion: adhering; devotion; loyality

adherent

supporter; follower

adjacent

adjoining; neighboring; close by

adjunct

something attached to but holding an inferior position

adjuration

solemn urging; V. adjure: entreat earnestly; enjoin solemnly

n adjutant

staff officer assisting the commander; assistant

admonish

warn or speak to with gentle disapproval; reprove

adorn

decorate

adroit

skillful (in using mind or hand)

adulation

flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved

adulterate

make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated) substances

advent

arrival

adventitious

accidental; casual; happening by chance

adversary

opponent; enemy

adverse

going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostile

adversity

great hardship or affliction; misfortune; calamitous event

n advert

refer

advocacy

support; active pleading on behalf of someone or something

advocate

speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead for

n aegis

shield; protection; defense

n aerie(aery,eyrie,eyry)

nest of a large bird of prey

aesthetic

artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics

affable

easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly

affected

artificial; pretended

affidavit

written statement made under oath (for use as proof in a court of law)

affiliation

joining; associating with

affinity

feeling of kinship; similarity; Ex. strong affinity for her; Ex. many affinities between two languages

affirmation

positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath; V. affirm; ADJ. affirmative; CF. affirmative action: positive discrimination

affliction

state of distress; trial; cause of distress or suffering; V. afflict: inflict grievous suffering on

affluence

abundance; wealth

affront

insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally

n agape

openmouthed

n agenda

items of business at a meeting

n agglomeration

collection; heap; V. agglomerate: gather into a rounded mass; N. aggolmeate: jumbled mass; heap

aggrandize

make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank, or honor; N. aggrandizement

aggregate

sum; total; ADJ. V: gather into a mass or whole; accumulate; add up to; Ex. aggregate 100 dollars

aghast

filled with great surprise or fear; horrified

agility

nimbleness; ability to move quickly

agitate

stir up; disturb

agnostic

one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality

n agog

highly excited; intensely curious

agrarian

pertaining to land or its cultivation; Ex. agrarian reform

alacrity

cheerful promptness without reluctance

alchemy

medieval chemistry

n alcove

nook; recess

alias

an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. alias

alienate

make unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate; change the ownership of

alimentary

supplying nourishment

n alimony

payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce

allay

calm; pacify

allege

state without proof

allegiance

loyalty

n allegory

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

alleviate

relieve (pain)

alliteration

repetition of beginning sound in poetry

allocate

assign; set apart for a particular purpose

alloy

mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix; make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness

allude

refer indirectly; N. allusion: indirect reference

allure

entice; attract; tempt

s siren

apparatus for making sounds; womanlike creature

alluvial

pertaining to soil deposits left by running water

n aloof

apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.

n aloft

upward; high up in the air

altercation

noisy quarrel

altruistic

unselfishly generous; concerned for others; N. altiruism: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; unselfishness; OP. egoism

n amalgamate

(of societies or groups) combine; unite in one body

n amalgam

combination of different things; mixture of metals (containing mercury) used for filling holes in teeth

n amass

collect (gradually, in a very large amount)

amazon

female warrior

ambidextrous

capable of using either hand with equal ease

ambience

environment; atmosphere; Ex. restraurant with a pleasant ambience; ADJ. ambient: completely surrounding; Ex. ambient temperature

ambiguous

unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretation