Barron's GRE with sentences -Wordlist A

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A complete list of Barron's GRE Wordlist, with meanings and sentences. The series has the entire wordlist split by alphabets, and also a mega complete wordlist, of all 3757 words. This is Wordlist A.

abbreviate

shorten
Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to abbreviate her speech.

abate

subside or moderate
Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.

abortive

unsuccessful; fruitless
We had to abandon our abortive attempts.

absolute

complete; totally unlimited; certain
Although the King of Siam was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wife
without absolute evidence of her infidelity.

abstract

theoretical; not concrete; non-representational
To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.

abusive

coarsely insulting; physically harmful
An abusive parent damages a child both mentally and physically.

accelerate

move faster
In our science class, we learn how falling bodies accelerate.

accessible

easy to approach; obtainable
We asked our guide whether the ruins were accessible on foot.

accessory

additional object; useful but not essential thing
She bought an attractive handbag as an accessory for her dress.

abscond

depart secretly and hide
The teller absconded with the bonds and was not found.

aberrant

abnormal or deviant
Given the aberrant nature of the data, we came to doubt the validity of the entire experiment.

abeyance

suspended action
The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.

adamant

hard, inflexible
He was adamant in his determination to punish the wrongdoer.

adulterate

make impure by mixing with baser substances It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer.

adversity

poverty, misfortune
We must learn to meet adversity gracefully.

abase

lower; degrade; humiliate
Anna expected to have to curtsy to the King of Siam; when told to cast herself down on the ground before
him, however she refused to abase herself.

abash

embarrass
He was not at all abashed by her open admiration.

abdicate

renounce; give up
When Edward VII abdicated the British throne, he surprised the entire world.

abet

assist, usually in doing something wrong
She was unwilling to abet him in the swindle he had planned.

abject

wretched; lacking pride
On the streets of New York the homeless live in abject poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter from
the wind.

abjure

renounce upon oath
He abjured his allegiance to the king.

ablution

washing
His daily ablutions were accompanied by loud noises that he humorously labeled "Opera in the Bath."

abnegation

renunciation; self-sacrifice
Though Rudolph and Duchess Flavia loved one another, their love was doomed, for she had to wed the
king; their act of abnegation was necessary to preserve the kingdom.

abominate

loathe; hate
Moses scolded the idol worshippers in the tribe because he abominated the custom.

abrasive

rubbing away; tending to grind down
Just as abrasive cleaning powders can wear away a shiny finish, abrasive remarks can wear away a listener's
patience.

abrogate

abolish
He intended to abrogate the decree issued by his predecessor.

absolve

pardon (an offense)
The father confessor absolved him of his sins.

abstain

refrain; withhold from participation
After considering the effect of alcohol on his athletic performance, he decided to abstain from drinking
while he trained for the race.

abut

border upon; adjoin
Where our estates abut, we must build a fence.

abysmal

bottomless
His arrogance is exceeded only by his abysmal ignorance.

accede

agree
If I accede to this demand for blackmail, I am afraid that I will be the victim of future demands.

acclimate

adjust to climate or environment
One of the difficulties of our present air age is the need of travellers to acclimate themselves to their new
and often strange environments.

acclivity

sharp upslope of a hill
The car could not go up the acclivity in high gear.

accolade

award of merit
In Hollywood, an "Oscar" is the highest accolade.

accord

agreement
She was in complete accord with the verdict.

accost

approach and speak first to a person
When the two young men accosted me, I was frightened because I thought they were going to attack me.

accoutre

equip
The fisherman was accoutred with the best that the sporting goods store could supply

accretion

growth; increase
The accretion of wealth marked the family's rise in power.

accrue

come about by addition
You must pay the interest that has accrued on your debt as well as the principal sum.

acidulous

slightly sour; sharp; caustic
James was unpopular because of his sarcastic and acidulous remarks.

acme

peak; pinnacle; highest point
Welles's success in Citizen Kane marked the acme of his career as an actor; never again did he achieve such
popular acclaim.

acquiesce

assent; agree passively
Although she appeared to acquiesce to her employer's suggestions, I could tell she had reservations about
the changes he wanted made.

acquittal

deliverance from a charge
His acquittal by the jury surprised those who had thought him guilty.

acrid

sharp; bitterly pungent The acrid odor of burnt gunpowder filled the room after the pistol had been fired.

acrimonious

stinging, caustic
His tendency to utter acrimonious remarks alienated his audience.

actuarial

calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
According to recent actuarial tables, life expectancy is greater today than it was a century ago.

actuate

motivate
I fail to understand what actuated you to reply to this letter so nastily.

acuity

sharpness
In time his youthful acuity of vision failed him, and he needed glasses.

acumen

mental keenness
His business acumen helped him to succeed where others had failed.

adage

wise saying; proverb
There is much truth in the old adage about fools and their money.

addendum

addition; appendix to book
Jane's editor approved her new comparative literature text but thought it would be even better with an
addendum on recent developments in literary criticism.

addle

muddle; drive crazy
This idiotic plan is confusing enough to addle anyone.

adherent

supporter; follower
In the wake of the scandal, the senator's one-time adherent quietly deserted him.

adjunct

something attached to but holding an inferior position
I will entertain this concept as an adjunct to the main proposal.

adjuration

solemn urging
Her adjuration to tell the truth did not change the witnesses' testimony.

adjutant

staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
Though Wellington delegated many tasks to his chief adjutant, Lord Fitzroy Somerset, Somerset was in no
doubt as to who made all major decisions.

admonish

warn; reprove
He admonished his listeners to change their wicked ways.

adorn

decorate
Wall paintings and carved statues adorned the temple.

adroit

skillful
His adroit handling of the delicate situation pleased his employers.

adulation

flattery; admiration
The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes-men.

advent

arrival
Most Americans were unaware of the advent of the Nuclear Age until the news of Hiroshima reached
them.

adventitious

accidental; casual
He found this adventitious meeting with his friend extremely fortunate.

adversary

opponent; enemy
Batman struggled to save Gotham City from the machinations of his wicked adversary, the Joker.

adverse

unfavorable; hostile
adverse circumstances compelled him to close his business.

advert

refer to
Since you advert to this matter so frequently, you must regard it as important.

advocate

urge; plead for
The abolitionists advocated freedom for the slaves.

aegis

shield; defense
Under the aegis of the Bill of Rights, we enjoy our most treasured freedoms.

affable

courteous
Although he held a position of responsibility, he was an affable individual and could be reached by anyone
with a complaint.

affected

artificial; pretended
His affected mannerisms irritated may of us who had known him before his promotion.

affidavit

written statement made under oath
The court refused to accept his statement unless he presented it in the form of an affidavit.

affiliation

joining; associating with
His affiliation with the political party was of short duration for he soon disagreed with his colleagues.

affinity

kinship
She felt an affinity with all who suffered; their pains were her pains.

affirmation

positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
Despite Tom's affirmation of innocence, Aunt Polly still suspected he had eaten the pie.

affix

attach or add on; fasten
First the registrar had to affix his signature to the license; then he had to affix his official seal.

affluence

abundance; wealth
Foreigners are amazed by the affluence and luxury of the American way of life.
|affront~insult; offend
Accustomed to being treated with respect, Miss Challoner was affronted by Vidal's offensive behavior.

agape

openmouthed
She stared, agape, at the many strange animals in the zoo.

agenda

items of business at a meeting
We had so much difficulty agreeing upon an agenda that there was very little time for the meeting.

agglomeration

collection; heap
It took weeks to assort the agglomeration of miscellaneous items she had collected on her trip.

aggrandize

increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
The history of the past quarter century illustrates how a President may aggrandize his power to act
aggressively in international affairs without considering the wishes of Congress.

aggregate

sum; total
The aggregate wealth of this country is staggering to the imagination.

aghast

horrified
He was aghast at the nerve of the speaker who had insulted his host.

agility

nimbleness
The agility of the acrobat amazed and thrilled the audience.

agitate

stir up; disturb
Her fiery remarks agitated the already angry mob.

agnostic

one who is skeptical of the existence of knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
The agnostic demanded proof before she would accept the statement of the minister.

agog

highly excited; intensely curious
We were all agog at the news that the celebrated movie star was giving up his career in order to enter a
monastery.

agrarian

pertaining to land or its cultivation
As a result of its recent industrialization, the country is gradually losing its agrarian traditions.

alacrity

cheerful promptness
He demonstrated his eagerness to serve by his alacrity in executing the orders of his master.

alchemy

medieval chemistry
The changing of baser metals into gold was the goal of the students of alchemy.

alcove

nook; recess
Though their apartment lacked a full-scale dining room, an alcove adjacent to the living room made an
adequate breakfast nook for the young couple.

alias

an assumed name
John Smith's alias was Bob Jones.

alienate

make hostile; separate
Her attempts to alienate the two friends failed because they had complete faith in each other.

alimentary

supplying nourishment
The alimentary canal in our bodies is so named because digestion of foods occurs there.

alimony

payments make to an ex-spouse after divorce
Because Tony had supported Tina through medical school, on their divorce he asked the court to award
him $500 a month in alimony.

allay

calm; pacify
The crew tried to allay the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.

allege

state without proof
It is alleged that she had worked for the enemy.

allegory

story in which characters are used as symbols; fable
Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the temptations and victories of the human soul.

alleviate

relieve
This should alleviate the pain; if it does not, we shall have to use stronger drugs.

alliteration

repetition of beginning sound in poetry
"The furrow followed free" is an example of alliteration.

alloy

mixture as of metals
alloy of gold are used more frequently than the pure metal.

allude

refer indirectly
Try not to allude to this matter in his presence because the topic annoys him.

allure

entice; attract
allured by the song of the sirens, the helmsman steered the ship toward the reef.

allusion

indirect reference
the allusions to mythological characters in Milton's poems bewilder the reader who has not studied Latin.

alluvial

pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
The farmers found the alluvial deposits at the mouth of the river very fertile.

aloof

apart; reserved
Shy by nature, she remained aloof while all the rest conversed.

aloft

upward
The sailor climbed aloft into the rigging.

altercation

noisy quarrel
Throughout the altercation, not one sensible word was uttered.

altruistic

unselfishly generous; concerned for others
In providing tutorial assistance and college scholarships to hundreds of economically disadvantaged
youths, Eugene Lang performed a truly altruistic deed.

amalgamate

combine; unite in one body
The unions will attempt to amalgamate their groups into one national body.

amass

collect
The miser's aim is to amass and hoard as much gold as possible.

amazon

female warrior
Ever since the days of Greek mythology we refer to strong and aggressive women as amazons.

ambidextrous

capable of using either hand with equal ease
A switch-hitter in baseball should be naturally ambidextrous.

ambience

environment; atmosphere
She went to the restaurant not for the food but for the ambience.

ambiguous

unclear or doubtful in meaning
His ambiguous instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.

ambivalence

the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating them the next, she was confused by the
ambivalence of her feelings.

amble

moving at an easy pace
When she first mounted the horse, she was afraid to urge the animal to go faster than a gentle amble.

ambrosia

food of the gods
ambrosia was supposed to give immortality to any human who ate it.

ambulatory

able to walk
He was described as an ambulatory patient because he was not confined to his bed.

ameliorate

improve
Many social workers have attempted to ameliorate the conditions of people living in the slums.

amenable

readily managed; willing to be led
He was amenable to any suggestions that came from those he looked up to; he resented advice from his
inferiors.

amend

correct; change, generally for the better
Hoping to amend his condition, he left Vietnam for the United States.

amenities

convenient features; courtesies In addition to the customary amenities for the business traveler -- fax machines, modems, a health club --
the hotel offers the services of a butler versed in social amenities.

amiable

agreeable; lovable
His amiable disposition pleased all who had dealings with him.

amicable

friendly
The dispute was settled in an amicable manner with no harsh words.

amiss

wrong; faulty
Seeing her frown, he wondered if anything were amiss.

amity

friendship
Student exchange programs such as the Experiment in International Living were established to promote
international amity.

amnesia

loss of memory
Because she was suffering from amnesia, the police could not get the young girl to identify herself.

amnesty

pardon
When his first child was born, the king granted amnesty to all in prison.

amoral

non-moral
The amoral individual lacks a code of ethics; he should not be classified as immoral.

amorous

moved by sexual love; loving
Don Juan was known for his amorous adventures.

amorphous

shapeless; vague; indeterminate
John was subject to panic attacks that left him prey to vague, amorphous fears: he knew he was terrified,
but could neither define nor explain the cause of his terror.

amphibian

able to live both on land and in water
Frogs are classified as amphibian.

amphitheater

oval building with tiers of seats
The spectators in the amphitheater cheered the gladiators.

ample

abundant
He had ample opportunity to dispose of his loot before his police caught up with him.

amplify

enlarge
Her attempts to amplify her remarks were drowned out by the jeers of the audience.

amputate

cut off part of body; prune
When the doctors had to amputate Ted Kennedy's leg to prevent the spread of cancer, he did not let the
loss of his leg keep him from participating in sports.

amok

in a state of rage The police had to be called in to restrain him after he ran amok in the department store.

amulet

charm; talisman
Around her neck she wore the amulet that the witch doctor had given her.

anachronism

something or someone misplaced in time
Shakespeare's reference to clocks in Julius Caesar is an anachronism; no clocks existed in Caesar's time.

analgesic

causing insensitivity to pain
The analgesic qualities of his lotion will provide temporary relief.

analogous

comparable
She called our attention to the things that had been done in an analogous situation and recommended that
we do the same.

analogy

similarity; parallelism
Your analogy is not a good one because the two situations are not similar.

anarchist

person who rebels against the established order
Only the total overthrow of all governmental regulations would satisfy the anarchist.

anarchy

absence of governing body; state of disorder
The assassination of the leaders led to a period of anarchy.

anathema

solemn curse; someone or something that is despised
He heaped anathema upon his foe.

anathematize

curse
The high priest anathematized the heretic.

anchor

secure or fasten firmly; be fixed in place
We set the post in concrete to anchor it in place.

ancillary

serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary
In an ancillary capacity Doctor Watson was helpful; however, Holmes could not trust the good doctor to
solve a perplexing case on his own.

anecdote

short account of an amusing or interesting event
Rather than make concrete proposals for welfare reform, President Raegan told anecdotes about poor
people who became wealthy despite their impoverished backgrounds.

anemia

condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles
The doctor ascribes her tiredness to anemia.

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