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5th Grade Vocabulary List

These words commonly appear in many state standardized tests. The word list originates from "The Word Up Project."
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abolish
cancel; put an end to
absurd
ridiculous
abuse
cruel or inhumane treatment
access
a way of entering or leaving
accomplish
to do something by making an effort; to complete successfully
achievement
something done that takes skill or effort
aggressive
ready to attack or start fights; acting in a hostile way
alternate
go back and forth
altitude
height above sea level
antagonist
An opponent; one who opposes or competes
antonym
a word that means the opposite of another word
anxious
worried; concerned
apparent
obvious
approximate
be close or similar
aroma
a pleasant smell
assume
to take for granted; to suppose
astound
to surprise; to amaze
available
ready for use, at hand
avalanche
a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
banquet
a ceremonial dinner party for many people
beverage
A liquid used as a drink
bland
mild; tasteless; dull
blizzard
a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds
budge
to move or shift.
bungle
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
cautiously
carefully
challenge
Something difficult to accomplish
character
a person or animal in a story
combine
add together from different sources
companion
person who goes along with another
crave
to have an extremely strong desire for something
compassion
Sympathy for another's suffering; pity
compensate
do or give something to somebody in return
comply
to do as one is asked or ordered
compose
to make up
concept
an idea or principle
confident
sure of yourself
convert
to change from one form to another
course
a line or route along which something travels or moves
courteous
polite and gracious; considerate toward others; well-mannered
debate
discuss the pros and cons of an issue
decline
a gradual decrease
dedicate
To set aside for a certain purpose.
deprive
to take or keep something away from someone
detect
to discover something not easily noticed
dictate
to give orders
document
a written or printed record that gives information or proof
duplicate
identically copied from an original
edible
any substance that can be used as food
endanger
to expose to danger
escalate
to elevate, to increase in intensity
evade
To avoid, dodge
exasperate
to irritate, annoy, or anger
excavate
find by digging in the ground
exert
make a great effort at a mental or physical task
exhibit
something shown to the public
exult
feel extreme happiness or elation
frigid
extremely cold
gigantic
huge, giant, immense
gorge
a deep ravine (usually with a river running through it)
guardian
one who protects
hazy
unclear, misty; not readily seen or understandable
hearty
healthy; strong
homonym
a word spelled exactly like another word, but having a different meaning
identical
exactly alike
illuminate
to light up; make clear
immense
very large or great
impressive
exceptionally good
independent
someone who does things on his or her own
industrious
hardworking; not lazy
intense
showing great concentration or determination
intercept
to stop something from reaching its intended destination
jubilation
a feeling or expression of great joy
kin
one's relatives
luxurious
providing ease and comfort far beyond what is ordinary or necessary
major
more important, bigger or more serious than others of the same type
miniature
small; tiny
minor
of lesser importance or stature or rank
mischief
behavior that causes problems for others
monarch
a person who rules over a kingdom or empire
moral
relating to principles of right and wrong
myth
a traditional story accepted as history
narrator
someone who tells a story
navigate
direct carefully and safely
negative
bad or harmful
nonchalant
calm, casual, unconcerned
numerous
A large number; very many
oasis
an area in the desert with a water source
obsolete
out-of-date, no longer in use
occasion
a special event
overthrow
to end the rule of; to defeat, often by using force
pardon
legal forgiveness of a crime
pasture
a field of growing grass where animals can eat; a meadow
pedestrian
a person who travels by foot
perish
to die
petrify
turn to stone; cause to become stonelike; stun or paralyze
portable
capable of being easily carried
prefix
a syllable added to the beginning of a word
preserve
keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
protagonist
main character
provide
To give what is needed; to supply
purchase
to buy
reassure
to make less worried or fearful; to comfort
reign
to rule as a queen or king
reliable
Able to be depended on; trustworthy
require
make someone do something
resemble
To be like or similar to.
retain
keep in one's mind
retire
To stop working because one has reached a certain age
revert
go back to a previous state
route
The path that must be followed to get to a place
saunter
to stroll; walk in an easy, leisurely way
seldom
not often
senseless
foolish; pointless; ridiculous
sever
to separate, divide into parts
slither
to move with a sliding, side-to-side motion of the body
sluggish
slow and lazy
soar
the act of rising upward into the air
solitary
being alone; lacking the company of others
solo
any activity that is performed alone without assistance
sparse
thinly scattered
spurt
to shoot out quickly in a stream
strategy
an overall plan of action
suffix
a letter or syllable added to the end of a word
suffocate
deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
summit
the top point of a mountain or hill
suspend
to stop; to put on hold
synonym
A word that means the same as another word
talon
a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey
taunt
to make fun of in an insulting way
thrifty
careful about money; economical
translate
restate (words) from one language into another language
tropical
very hot and humid climate
visible
able to be seen
visual
having to do with sight or seeing
vivid
bright, distinct, and clear
wilderness
An area where there are few people living; an area still in its natural state
withdraw
take back; remove