1000 Top GRE Words

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abate

"to lessen, to subside "

abdication

giving up control authority

abet

help/encourage somebody (in doing wrong)

abeyance

suspended action

abidance

the state of abiding; abode; continuance; compliance (with)

abject

"hopeless, most unfortunate or miserable"

abjure

promise or swear to give up

abraded

rubbed off worn away by friction

abrogate

repeal or annul by authority

absonous

"inharmonious, incongruous, discordant"

abstruse

"difficult to comprehend, obscure, esoteric, recondite"

abut

border on

acarpous

"worn out, effete, no longer fertile"

accolade

"praise, approval, encomium "

accretion

the growing of separate things into one ; increase by natural growth

admonish /-nitory

"warn strongly, take to task / containing warning "

adulation

"excessive praise, flattery, sycophancy"

affable

polite and friendly

affiance

give to (in marriage) ; assure by promise

afterwise

"Wise after the event, wise or knowing when it is too late"

agglutination

clumping of bacteria/red cells when held together by antibodies; glueing

agog

eager/excited

ail

"trouble, be ill "

alacrity

eager and cheerful readiness

allegiance

"duty, support, loyalty "

altruism

"quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others, selflessness"

amalgamate

to combine several elements into a whole

ambidextrous

able to use the left hand or the right equally well

ambiguous

"having two contrary meanings, equivocal"

ambivalent

characterized by opposite feelings or emotions

ambulatory

"(pertaining to legs) able to walk about, ambulant"

ambuscade

"act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise, ambush"

ameliorate

improve make better

amenable

ageeable; responsive to suggestion; changeable

amortize

end (a debt) by setting aside money

anachronism

something out of place i.t.o. its historical or chronological context

annals

"chronological record of events in successive years, chronicles"

antithetical

direct opposing

aplomb

self-confidence

apochryphal

"false, spurious, fallacious"

apostate

one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions

apotheosis

"deification, glorification to godliness "

appellation

"identifying words by which something is classified, designation"

apprise

"make aware of, give information or notice to ; Gain in value (of currency)"

apprise

give notice to inform

approbation

"approval, commendation"

appropriate

"confiscate, invade"

apropos

"appropriate to the situation, apt, felicitous"

apt

"well-suited, quick-witted, pertinent "

arabesque

a complex ornate design

arboreal

of connected with trees

ardor

"enthusiasm, fervour, zeal "

argot

jargon slang

arrant

in the highest degree

arrogate

"demand as being one's property, seize and take control without authority"

ascetic

"practicing religious self-denial, austere, stark "

ascribe

consider to be the origin of or belonging to

aseptic

surgically clean

asperity

"hardship, something hard to endure; harshness, irritability,"

aspersion

"slander, calumny "

asseverate

"state categorically, make a positive statement or solemn declaration"

assiduous

"diligent, hard-working, sedulous "

assuage

make something (pain desire) less

astringent

substance that shrinks

atonement

"repayment, death of Jesus "

attenuate

"make thin. Weaken, enervate "

attune

bring into harmony

augury

"omen sign, prediction"

august

majestic venerable

austere

"severely moral and strict, simple and plain, ascetic, stark"

avarice

"greed, esp for wealth"

avatar

incarnation ; new personification of a familiar idea

aver

"affirm, assert, prove, justify "

aversion

strong dislike

avid

"eager, greedy, zealous for something "

avow

"admit, declare openly "

awry

"twisted toward one side, off course ; not functioning properly"

axiom / axiomatic

"a universally accepted principle; self evident truth, taken as given"

bacchanalian

drunken merrymaking

baleful

"harmful, causing evil, ominous, pernicious, baneful, pestilent"

baneful

"causing harm or ruin, sinister, ominous, pernicious, baleful"

barrage

artificial obstacle built across a river

barren

"not good enough, unable to have young ones without value "

bedizen

"to adorn, especially in a cheap and showy manner "

belabor

beat hard

belie

"be in contradiction with, represent falsely, negate, contradict"

bellicose

"warlike, belligerent, pugnacious, contentious"

belligerent

(person nation) waging war

benediction

"act of praying for divine protection, blessing"

benevolence

wish or activity in doing good

bequest

"arrangement to give something at death, legacy, inheritance"

berate

"scold sharply, reproach, vituperate, upbraid"

bereft

rob or dispossess of something (material)

beset

"surrounded to be attacked by all sides, besieged ; plagued"

bilge

bulge; sides of the vessel that curve in to form the bottom (ship)

binge

Overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

blandishment

"flattery, coaxing, enticement"

blithe

"cheerful, casual, carefree, insouciant, nonchalant"

boorish

"crude, offensive, rude "

brazen

made of brass

broach

"bring up, announce, begin to talk about, initiate"

brook

"to tolerate, endure "

bucolic

"charachteristic of rural areas/people (like a village/r !!), rustic, pastoral"

burgeon

"to expand, grow and flourish"

burnish

to polish rub to a shine

cabal

a scheme or plot a group of plotters

cacophony / -nous

a loud harsh or strident noise

cadence

"recurrent rhythmical series, rhythm, a 'beat'"

cadge

to beg to get by begging

cajole

use flattery or deceit to persuade

calcify

"to change into a hard, stony condition, petrify"

calipers

metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument

callow

"immature, inexperienced, unsophisticated, fledgling, naïve"

calumny

"slander, aspersion "

cannon

code of laws or set of principles (usually religious in nature)

cant

insincere talk/jargon

capitulate

"to surrender, give up"

capricious

"unpredictable, erratic, changing one's mind impulsively, whimsical"

captious

faultfinding

caret

mark used by an author to indicate where something is to be inserted

carousal

"drunken revel, a merry drinking party"

castigate / -ion

to chastise correct by punishing / severe punishment

cathartic

"strongly laxative, stimulates evacuation of the bowels (shitting), purgative"

caucus

a closed political meeting

caustic

"biting, sarcastic (in speech), satire "

censure

"expression of blame or disapproval, a rebuke "

centurion

leader of a unit of 100 soldiers

chagrin

"strong feelings of embarrassment, vexation, shame / to hurt the pride of"

chary

"cautious, wary "

chastened

corrected punished

chastisement

punishment

chicanery

"legal trickery, deception, shenanigan, guile, foxiness / false argument"

choleric

"quickly aroused to anger, irascible"

chronicles

"chronological record of events in successive years, annals"

churl

bad-tempered person

clamor

"shout, complain with a lot of noise "

cloture

closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting

cloy

"To fill to satiety, to stuff full, to clog ; to overload, to burden"

coagulation

change to a thick and solid state

coalescing

coming together and uniting into one substance

coda

"passage that concludes a piece of music, finale (analogous to epilogue)"

coddle

treat with care and tenderness

codicil

"an addition to a will, appendix, supplement"

coeval

"of the same period, contemporary, coetaneous"

cogent

strong convincing

cogitate

"think deeply, mediate "

cognizant

being fully aware of

colander

bowl-shaped vessel with many holes used to drain off water

collusion

secret agreement for a deceitful purpose

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