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SAT Words from Word Smart II Part 4

*Why use this one? There are many other sets like this out there but none of them contain all the information given in the Princeton Review Word Smart II. These words are used very commonly in the SAT, GRE, and other standardized tests. It seems that there are already full Word Smart sets out there, but I will begin my own because they are all lacking something. Both Word Smart and More Word Smart contains these before each word: word name, pronunciation, definition, and example sentences. Howe…
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captivate
v. to fascinate; to enchant; to enrapture
carcinogenic
adj. causing cancer (carcinogen is an agent that causes cancer).
cardinal
adj. most important; chief
careen
v. to swerve; to move rapidly without control; to lean to one side
cartography
n. the art of making maps and charts (n. cartographer: a person who makes maps and charts)
cascade
n. a waterfall; anything resembling a waterfall (can also be a verb)
cataclysm
n. a violent upheaval; an earthquake; a horrible flood (adj. is cataclysmic)
caucus
n. a meeting of the members of a political party or political faction; a political group whose members have common interests or goals (can also be verb)
cavalier
adj. arrogant; haughty; carefree; causal
cavil
v. to quibble; to raise trivial objections (can also be a noun)
chaff
n. worthless stuff
chameleon
n. a highly changeable person (like chameleon, the lizard that changes color to match surroundings and camouflage)
champion
v. to defend; to support
channel
v. to direct; to cause to follow a certain path
chaste
adj. pure and unadorned; abstaining from sex
cherub
n. a supercute chubby-cheeked child; a kind of an angel (adj. is cherubic)
chortle
v. to chuckle with glee (can also be a noun)
churl
n. a rude person; a boor (adj is churlish)
chutzpah
n. brazenness; audacity
cipher
n. a zero; a nobody; a code; the solution to a code (v. decipher to decode a message; v. encipher: to put into code)
circumnavigate
v. to sail or travel all the way around (can be used figuratively)
citadel
n. a fortress defending a city; a stronghold; a bulwark
clandestine
adj. concealed or secret, usually for evil or subversive purpose
classic
adj. top-notch; of the highest quality; serving as a standard or model ( can also be noun; Classical refers to Greece and Rome)
cleave
v. to cling; to split (has opposite definitions)
climatic
adj. having to do with climate (don't get confused with climactic, which means having to do with climax)
cloister
n. a covered walk, with columns on one side, that runs along the perimeters of a courtyard, especially in a convent or monastery; a convent or monastery; a tranquil, secluded place (verb form: to cloister someone is to put them into seclusion)
clone
n. an exact duplicate; an organism genetically identical to another (can also be a verb)
clout
n. a blow; influence
cloy
v. to cause to feel too full, especially when indulging something overly sweet; to become wearisome through excess
coddle
v. to baby
cogitate
v. to ponder; to meditate; to think carefully about (noun is cogitation)
cohort
n. a group
commemorate
v. to honor the memory of; to serve as memorial to (commemoration is noun)
commiserate
v. to express sorrow or sympathy for; to sympathize with; to pity (noun is commiseration)
commodious
adj. spacious; roomy; capacious (notice that some words with prefix "com" and "con" mean "with" somebody or something, though not this one and a few others)
compatible
adj. harmonious; capable of functioning, working, or living together in harmony; consistent (opposite is incompatible; noun is compatibility)
competent
adj. capable; qualified (opposite is incompetent; noun is competence)
compile
v. to gather together; to gather together into a book (noun is compilation)
comply
v. to act or be in accordance (add with after; noun is compliance)
composed
adj. calm; tranquil (noun is composure)
compromise
n. a settlement of differences in which each sides gives up something ( can also be a verb or it can mean to abandon or give up)
compunction
n. remorse; a feeling of uneasiness at doing something wrong
concave
adj. curved inward, like the inside of a circle or sphere (not convex)
concede
v. to acknowledge as true or right; to grant or yield (noun is concession)
concentric
adj. having the same center
concert
n. combined action; agreement (adj. is concerted)
concoct
v. to create by mixing ingredients; to devise (noun is concoction)
concomitant
adj. following from; accompanying; going along with
confederate
n. an ally; an accomplice (like Confederacy; confederate is also verb)