The 1000 Most Common SAT Words (w/o examples)

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abase

(v.) to humiliate, degrade

abate

(v.) to reduce, lessen

abdicate

(v.) to give up a position, usually one of leadership

abduct

(v.) to kidnap, take by force

aberration

(n.) something that differs from the norm

abet

(v.) to aid, help, encourage

abhor

(v.) to hate, detest

abide

1. (v.) to put up with 2. (v.) to remain

abject

(adj.) wretched, pitiful

abjure

(v.) to reject, renounce

abnegation

(n.) denial of comfort to oneself

abort

(v.) to give up on a half-finished project or effort

abridge

1. (v.) to cut down, shorten 2. (adj.) shortened

abrogate

(v.) to abolish, usually by authority

abscond

(v.) to sneak away and hide

absolution

(n.) freedom from blame, guilt, sin

abstain

(v.) to freely choose not to commit an action

abstruse

(adj.) hard to comprehend

accede

(v.) to agree

accentuate

(v.) to stress, highlight

accessible

(adj.) obtainable, reachable

acclaim

(n.) high praise

accolade

(n.) high praise, special distinction

accommodating

(adj.) helpful, obliging, polite

accord

(n.) an agreement

accost

(v.)to confront verbally

accretion

(n.) slow growth in size or amount

acerbic

(adj.) biting, bitter in tone or taste

acquiesce

(v.) to agree without protesting

acrimony

(n.) bitterness, discord

acumen

(n.)keen insight

acute

1. (adj.) sharp, severe 2. (adj.) having keen insight

adamant

(adj.) impervious, immovable, unyielding

adept

(adj.) extremely skilled

adhere

1. (n.) to stick to something 2. (n.) to follow devoutly

admonish

(v.) to caution, criticize, reprove

adorn

(v.) to decorate

adroit

(adj.) skillful, dexterous

adulation

(n.) extreme praise

adumbrate

(v.) to sketch out in a vague way

adverse

(adj.) antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous

advocate

1. (v.) to argue in favor of something 2. (n.) a person who argues in favor of something

aerial

(adj.) somehow related to the air

aesthetic

(adj.) artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty

affable

(adj.) friendly, amiable

affinity

(n.)a spontaneous feeling of closeness

affluent

(adj.) rich, wealthy

affront

(n.) an insult

aggrandize

(v.) to increase or make greater

aggregate

1. (n.) a whole or total 2. (v.) to gather into a mass

aggrieved

(adj.) distressed, wronged, injured

agile

(adj.) quick, nimble

agnostic

(adj.) believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven

agriculture

(n.)farming

aisle

(n.) a passageway between rows of seats

alacrity

(n.) eagerness, speed

alias

(n.) a false name or identity

allay

(v.) to soothe, ease

allege

(v.) to assert, usually without proof

alleviate

(v.) to relieve, make more bearable

allocate

(v.) to distribute, set aside

aloof

(adj.) reserved, distant

altercation

(n.) a dispute, fight

amalgamate

(v.) to bring together, unite

ambiguous

(adj.) uncertain, variably interpretable

ambivalent

(adj.) having opposing feelings

ameliorate

(v.) to improve

amenable

(adj.) willing, compliant

amenity

(n.) an item that increases comfort

amiable

(adj.) friendly

amicable

(adj.) friendly

amorous

(adj.) showing love, particularly sexual

amorphous

(adj.) without definite shape or type

anachronistic

(adj.) being out of correct chronological order

analgesic

(n.) something that reduces pain

analogous

(adj.) similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn

anarchist

(n.) one who wants to eliminate all government

anathema

(n.) a cursed, detested person

anecdote

(n.) a short, humorous account

anesthesia

(n.) loss of sensation

anguish

(n.) extreme sadness, torment

animated

(adj.) lively

annex

1. (v.) to incorporate territory or space 2. (n.) a room attached to a larger room or space

annul

(v.) to make void or invalid

anomaly

(n.) something that does not fit into the normal order

anonymous

(adj.) being unknown, unrecognized

antagonism

(n.) hostility

antecedent

(n.) something that came before

antediluvian

(adj.) ancient

anthology

(n.) a selected collection of writings, songs, etc.

antipathy

(n.) a strong dislike, repugnance

antiquated

(adj.) old, out of date

antiseptic

(adj.) clean, sterile

antithesis

(n.) the absolute opposite

anxiety

(n.) intense uneasiness

apathetic

(adj.) lacking concern, emotion

apocryphal

(adj.) fictitious, false, wrong

appalling

(adj.) inspiring shock, horror, disgust

appease

(v.) to calm, satisfy

appraise

(v.) to assess the worth or value of

apprehend

1. (v.) to seize, arrest 2. (v.) to perceive, understand, grasp

approbation

(n.) praise

appropriate

(v.) to take, make use of

aquatic

(adj.) relating to water

arable

(adj.) suitable for growing crops

arbiter

(n.) one who can resolve a dispute, make a decision

arbitrary

(adj.) based on factors that appear random

arbitration

(n.) the process or act of resolving a dispute

arboreal

(adj.) of or relating to trees

arcane

(adj.) obscure, secret, known only by a few

archaic

(adj.) of or relating to an earlier period in time, outdated

archetypal

(adj.) the most representative or typical example of something

ardor

(n.) extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm

arid

(adj.) excessively dry

arrogate

(v.) to take without justification

artifact

(n.) a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place

artisan

(n.) a craftsman

ascertain

(v.) to perceive, learn

ascetic

(adj.) practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious

ascribe

(v.) to assign, credit, attribute to

aspersion

(n.) a curse, expression of ill-will

aspire

(v.) to long for, aim toward

assail

(v.) to attack

assess

(v.) to evaluate

assiduous

(adj.) hard-working, diligent

assuage

(v.) to ease, pacify

astute

(adj.) very clever, crafty

asylum

1. (n.) a place of refuge, protection, a sanctuary 2. (n.) an institution in which the insane are kept

atone

(v.) to repent, make amends

atrophy

(v.) to wither away, decay

attain

(v.) to achieve, arrive at

attribute

1. (v.) to credit, assign 2. (n.) a facet or trait

atypical

(adj.) not typical, unusual

audacious

(adj.) excessively bold

audible

(adj.) able to be heard

augment

(v.) to add to, expand

auspicious

(adj.) favorable, indicative of good things

austere

(adj.) very bare, bleak

avarice

(n.) excessive greed

avenge

(v.) to seek revenge

aversion

(n.) a particular dislike for something

balk

(v.) to stop, block abruptly

ballad

(n.) a love song

banal

(adj.) dull, commonplace

bane

(n.) a burden

bard

(n.) a poet, often a singer as well

bashful

(adj.) shy, excessively timid

battery

1.(n.) a device that supplies power 2. (n.)assault, beating

beguile

(v.) to trick, deceive

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