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90 terms

GMAT Vocab list

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abaft
(adv.) on or toward the rear of a ship
abase
(v.) to degrade; humiliate; disgrace
abdicate
(v.) to reject, renounce, or abandon
aberrant
(adj.) abnormal; straying from the normal or usual path
abeyance
(n.) a state of temporary suspension or inactivity
abhor
(v.) to hate
abjure
(v.) to give up
abject
(adj.) of the worst or lowest degree
abominate
(v.) to loathe; to hate
abridge
(v.) to shorten; to limit
abrogate
(v.) to cancel by authority
abrupt
(adj.) happening or ending unexpectedly
abscond
(v.) to go away hastily or secretly; to hide
absolve
(v.) to forgive; to acquit
abstemious
(adj.) sparing in use of food or drinks
abstinence
(n.) the act or process of voluntarily refraining from any action or practice; self-control; chastity
abstruse
(adj.) hard to understand; deep; recondite
abysmal
(adj.) very deep
accede
(v.) to comply with; to consent to
acclaim
(n.) loud approval; applause
accolade
(n.) approving or praising mention; a sign of approval or respect
accomplice
(n.) co-conspirator; partner; partner-in-crime
accretion
(n.)growth by addition; a growing together by parts
accrue
(v.) a natural growth; a periodic increase
acerbic
(adj.) tasting sour; harsh in language or temper Too
acquiesce
(v.) to agree without protest
acrid
(adj.) sharp; bitter; foul smelling
acrimony
(n.) sharpness or bitterness in language or manner.
adage
(n.) an old saying now accepted as being truthful
addled
(adj.) rotten
adjure
(v.) solemnly ordered
adulation
(n.) praise in excess
adulterate
(v.) to corrupt, debase, or make impure
adversary
(n.) an enemy; foe
aesthetic
(adj.) of beauty; pertaining to taste in art and beauty
affable
(adj.) friendly; amiable; good-natured
affiliate
(v.) to connect or associate with; to accept as a member
affinity
(n.) a connection; similarity of structure
aggrandize
(v.) to make more powerful
aghast
(adj.) astonished; amazed; horrified; terrified; appalled
abnegation
(n.) a denial
agrarian
(adj.) of the land
alacrity
(n.) eager readiness or speed
alchemist
(n.) a person who studies chemistry
alchemy
(n.) any mysterious change of substance or nature
allegory
(n.) a symbolic description
alleviate
(v.) to lessen or make easier
allocate
(v.) set aside; designate; assign
allude
(v.) to refer indirectly to something
allure
(v.; n.) to attract; entice; attraction; temptation; glamour
allusion
(n.) an indirect reference (often literary); a hint
aloof
(adj.) distant in interest; reserved; cool
altercation
(n.) controversy; dispute
altruism
(n.) unselfish devotion to the welfare of others
altruistic (adj.)
(adj.) unselfish
amalgam
(n.) a mixture or combination (often of metals)
amalgamate
(v.) to mix, merge, combine
amass
(v.) to collect together; accumulate
ambivalent
(adj.) undecided
ameliorate
(v.) to improve or make better
amendment
(n.) a positive change
amiss
(adj.; adv.) wrong; awry; wrongly; in a defective manner
amity
(n.) friendly relations
amortize
(v.) to put money into a fund at fixed intervals
anachronism
(n.) something out of place in time
analogy
(n.) similarity; correlation; parallelism
anaphylaxis
(n.) an allergic reaction
anarchist
(n.) one who believes that a formal government is unnecessary
anchorage
(n.) something that can be relied on
anecdote
(n.) a short account of happenings
animosity
(n.) a feeling of hatred or ill will
anoint
(v.) to crown; ordain;
anomaly
(n.) an oddity, inconsistency; a deviation from the norm
antagonism
(n.) hostility; opposition
antipathy
(n.) a strong dislike or repugnance
apathy
(n.) lack of emotion or interest
apocalyptic
(adj.) pertaining to a discovery or new revelation Science-
apocryphal
(adj.) counterfeit; of doubtful authorship or authenticity
appease
(v.) to satisfy; to calm
apposite
(adj.) suitable; apt; relevant
apprehensive
(adj.) fearful; aware; conscious
approbatory
(adj.) approving or sanctioning
arable
(adj.) suitable (as land) for plowing
arbiter
(n.) one who is authorized to judge or decide
arbitrary
(adj.) based on one's preference or judgment
arcane
(adj.) obscure; secret; mysterious
archetype
(n.) original pattern or model; prototype
ardent
(adj.) with passionate or intense feelings
arduous
(adj.) laborious, difficult; strenuous
arid
(adj.) extremely dry, parched; barren, unimaginative