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100 terms

Patrick's GRE Prep 201-300

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apprehensive
1) discerning (showing insight); 2) fearful, anxious about the future; 3) having apprehension (cognizant)
appellation
name, title
archipelago
group of closely location islands
aptitude
fitness, talent
aria
operatic solo, a song sung by one person as an opera or an oratorio
application
1) act of applying; 2) something applied, such as a cosmetic or curative agent; 3) diligent attention, diligence; 4) the capacity of being usable, relevance; 5) a specific use to which something is put; 6) a request for assistance, employment, school; 7) a computer program with a user-interface
apropos
1) an opportune time; 2) with reference to
assurance
1) firm statement that something is certainly true, promise, pledge, certainty; 2) confidence in one's own ability, self-confidence
assure
1) tell firmly with confidence; 2) ensure, make certain to happen; 3) make feel sure, give confidence to
assured
confident in one's own ability, showing certainty
astigmatism
1) eye defect which prevents proper focus; 2) distorted understanding
aspirant
seeker of position or status
apprise
inform
aseptic
preventing infection, having a cleansing effect
asteroid
1) small rocky celestial body; 2) starfish
arrhythmic
lacking regularity
askance
1) with a side-glance (obliquely); 2) with disapproval or distrust (scornfully)
archaeology
study of artifacts and relics or early mankind
artifact
1) a man-made object from a particular period; 2) something made from a particular institution, period, trend, or individual; 3) a product of artificial character due to extraneous agency
aspersion
slanderous remark
ascendancy
controlling influence, domination
regent
1) a person who governs in place of a ruler who is ill, absent, or a child; 2) a member of a governing board
ascribe
refer, attribute, assign
ascetic
practicing self-denial, avoiding physical pleasures and comforts, austere
appropriate
1) acquire/take possession of without permission, take exclusive possession; 2) allocate; 3) suitable or compatible (fitting)
arcade
a covered passageway usually lined with shops
artery
1) blood vessel; 2) a channel of transportation or communication (i.e. river, highway, etc.) especially the main route in a branching system
aromatic
fragrant, having a sweet smell
arbiter
person with power to decide a matter in dispute, judge who is in a position to make influential judgments
apothem
cryptic, pithy, compact saying or maxim
arid
dry, barren, unproductive
arsenal
1) a place for the manufacture or storage of weapons; 2) store, repertoire
appreciate
1) be thankful for; 2) increase in worth; 3) be thoroughly conscious of
artisan
manually skilled worker
approbation
approval
assiduous
diligent
apposite
appropriate or filling
arbitrary
unreasonable or capricious, random, tyrannical
arcane
esoteric, secret, mysterious, known only to the initiated
askew
crookedly, awry
archives
public records, place where public records are kept
appurtenances
1) subordinate part or adjunct; 2) accessory objects
arrears
1) having an unfinished job/duty; 2) having unpaid debts
assuage
make less severe, ease or lessen, satisfy, soothe
arraign
charge in court, indict, accuse of wrong
aristocracy
hereditary nobility, privileged class, government by nobility
arboretum
place where different trees and shrubs are studies and exhibited
assimilate
1) absorb, take into the body and digest 2) understand completely and be able to use properly; 3) cause to become homogenous
arable
fit for growing crops
artifice
1) clever or artful skill, an ingenious device or expedient; deception, trickery
array
V. 1) marshal, draw up in order; 2) clothe splendidly, adorn; 3) N. fine clothes; 4) ordered group
ascertain
find out for certain, make certain
argot
slang, speech spoken by only a small group of people
asperity
sharpness, roughness, severity
asinine
stupid
ashen
ash-colored, deadly pale
assay
V. 1) analyze, evaluate; N. 2) test used to analyze, product of analysis
articulate
1) effective, distinct, expressing ideas clearly; 2) consisting of segments united by joints; 3) pronouncing clearly
assumption
1) something taken for granted; 2) the taking over or taking possession of
archaic
antiquated, no longer used, belonging to the past
artless
1) uncultured; 2) crude, natural; 3) without guile, open and honest
arduous
hard, strenuous, steep
apotheosis
1) elevation to divine status; 2) the perfect example, quintessence
aquiline
curved, hooked, of or like an eagle
arch-
chief, first
apprehend
1) arrest/seize; 2) dread, anticipate with anxiety; 3) understand, grasp, perceive
arroyo
gully, narrow channel formed by rainwater
archetype
prototype, original pattern or model, a perfect representative example
ardor
heat, passion, zeal
audacious
daring, bold
attenuate
make thin, weaken
asunder
into parts, apart
sunder
to break apart; to be broken apart
astronomical
1) enormously large or extensive; 2) of or relating to outer space
audit
1) examination of accounts of a business; 2) official examination
augment
1) increase, add to; 2) supplement
aureole
1) sun's corona; 2) halo/bright circle of light
auroral
1) characteristic of the dawn; 2) of or relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras
avarice
greediness for wealth
aver
state confidently, declare as true
aviary
enclosure for birds, large cage
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avuncular
of or like an uncle
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure
sky blue
bacchanalian
drunken
bacchanal
noisy party with a lot of drinking
attrition
1) rubbing away by friction; 2) gradual decrease in numbers or strength; 3) reduction in the workforce without firing employees; 4) wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
astute
wise, shrewd, keen, seeing quickly something that is true
astringent
1) binding; 2) causing contraction (stopping bleeding); 3) harsh or severe; 4) stringent
astral
1) visionary; 2) elevated in status or position, exalted; 3) of, relating to, or coming from the stars
augury
omen, prophecy, sign of coming events
augur
predict, foretell, be a sign of
august
impressive, majestic
auspicious
favoring success, giving signs of future success
autocratic
having absolute unchecked power, dictatorial
automaton
1) mechanism that imitates actions of humans; 2) machine that works by itself
autonomous
self-governing
avert
prevent, avoid, turnaway (eyes or thought)
avow
declare openly