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100 terms

Patrick's GRE Prep 1-100

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abash
embarass
abominate
loathe, hate
abase
lower, degrade, humiliate
abbreviate
shorten
abdicate
renounce give up
aberrant
abnormal, deviant
abet
assist, encourage (especially in doing something wrong)
ablution
washing
abolish
cancel, put an end to
abominable
detestable, extremely unpleasant, very bad
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge
condense or shorten
absolve
pardon (an offense)
abstain
refrain, withhold from participation
abstinence
restraint from eating or drinking, not being sexually active
abstract
ADJ. theoretical, not concrete, nonrepresentational; N. summary
abusive
coarsely insulting, physically harmful
abortive
unsuccessful, fruitless
abut
border upon, adjoin
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
acclaim
applaud, announce with great approval
acclimate
adjust to climate or environment, adapt
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accolade
award of merit
accommodate
oblige or help someone, adjust or bring into harmony, adapt
accomplice
partner in crime
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip
acetic
vinegary
acme
peak, pinnacle, highest point
acoustics
science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquiesce
assent, agree passively
acquittal
deliverance from a charge, a judgment of not guilty
acrid
sharp, bitterly pungent
actuarial
calculating, pertaining to insurance statistics
acuity
sharpness
adage
wise saying, proverb
adamant
hard, inflexible
adapt
alter, modify, adjust to
addendum
addition, appendix to a book, something which is added
addiction
compulsive habitual need
addle
make or become confused; muddle; drive crazy; become rotten (egg)
address
V. direct a speech 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, cling to, be a devoted follower
adhesion
devotion, loyalty; the tendency of dissimilar things to cling together
adjunct
something attached to but holding as inferior position
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
admonish
warn, speak to with gentle disapproval, reprove
adroit
skillful (in using mind or hand)
aboriginal
being the first of its kind in its region, native, primative
abscond
depart secretly and hide
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
acrimony
bitterness
acute
quickly perceptive, keen, brief (temporary) and severe
abate
subside or moderate
abeyance
suspended action, interlude, cessation
abnegation
renunciation, self-sacrifice, denial, self-denial
abrogate
abolish
abstruse
obscure, profound, difficult to understand
abysmal
bottomless
accessory
additional object, useful but not essential thing
accretion
growth, increase
accrue
come about by addition
acerbity
bitterness of speech and temper
acidulous
slightly sour, sharp, caustic
acknowledge
recognize, admit
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuate
motivate; trigger, activate
adjourn
suspend until a later time; move from one place to another
adjuration
solemn urging
abhor
detest, hate
abscission
cutting off, separation
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
acumen
mental keenness, insightfulness; a tapering point
abject
wretched, lacking pride
abjure
renounce upon oath, retract, forswear
aberration
deviation from the expected or the normal; mental irregularity or disorder
absolute
complete, totally unlimited, certain
accord
agreement, compliance, rapport
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
adverse
going against, opposing, unfavorable, hostile
aegis
shield, protection, defense
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
aesthetic
ADJ. artistic, dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful; N. a guiding principle in matters of taste, artistic sensibility
affidavit
written statement made under oath (for use in a court of law)
affluence
abundance, wealth
agape
open-mouthed, wide open; spiritual love
agenda
a program of things to be done or considered
agrarian
pertaining to land or its cultivation
alimentary
supplying nourishment
allay
calm, pacify
allege
state without proof