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GRE HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS

GRE HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS

1. Abate

Verb

The wind abated after the storm: decrease, diminish, reduce, lessen, subside, decline, fade, fade away, recede, dwindle, moderate, mitigate, weaken, wane, ebb, curtail, slack, slacken, go down, lower, fall off, fall away, taper off, lighten, soften, quiet, quell, slow, slow down, slake off, temper, cool, blunt; ease, relieve, alleviate, assuage, pacify, soothe, allay, mollify, palliate, dull; dampen, restrain, restrict.

Antonyms

increase, intensify, magnify, enhance, heighten, aggravate, amplify, grow; multiply, rise, come up, strengthen, sharpen, heat up; quicken, accelerate, hurry, speed, speed up; prolong, extend.

2.Aberrant

Adjective

1 The planet's orbit was plainly aberrant: straying, stray, deviating, deviate, wandering, errant, erring, devious, erratic, rambling, diverging, divergent.

2 Aberrant behavior led to his confinement: abnormal, irregular, unusual, odd, eccentric, peculiar, exceptional, weird, queer, curious, singular, strange; unconforming, nonconforming, anomalous.

Antonyms

1 direct.

2 normal.

3. Abeyance

Noun

The building project will be held in abeyance until spring: postponement, suspension, intermission, remission, deferral, adjournment, discontinuance, inaction, dormancy, latency; pause, delay, cessation, quiescence, recess, hiatus, waiting period, in a holding pattern; in cold storage, on ice, on a back burner.

Antonyms

Continuance, continuation, continuity, ceaselessness.

4. abstemious

adjective

His abstemious habits allowed him few pleasures: abstinent, ascetic, austere, temperate, continent, nonindulgent, teetotal, self-denying, sparing, self-disciplined, abstentious.

Antonyms

self-indulgent, abandoned, undisciplined, uncontrolled, hedonistic, profligate, licentious, unrestrained, immoderate.

5. admonish

verb

1 The captain admonished the guards to be on the alert: warn, caution, put on guard, tip off; advise, counsel, enjoin.

2 The preacher admonished his congregation for failure to attend weekly services: reprove, censure, reprimand, rebuke, reproach, remonstrate, chide, chasten, scold, upbraid, criticize, take to task, call to account, rap on the knuckles.

Antonyms

2 praise, compliment, commend.

6. adulterate

verb

The ancient Greeks often adulterated their wine with water: contaminate, thin, water, water down; depreciate, Informal cut.

7. esthetic or aesthetic adjective

The course in art history is designed to develop the student's esthetic judgment: appreciative of beauty, appealing to artistic taste, having artistic tastes, artistic; sensitive, discriminating, cultivated, refined, fastidious.

Antonyms

unesthetic, unappreciative; insensitive, undiscriminating.

8. aggregate

noun

The final plan was an aggregate of all our ideas: composite, compound, union, combination, gathering, accumulation, collection, amassing, bringing together, summation, mixture, mix, blend, mass, conglomeration, conglomerate.

9. Alacrity

noun

1 She answered his call for assist-ance with alacrity: willingness, enthusiasm, eagerness, fervor, zeal, avidity; alertness, promptness, dispatch, readiness.

2 Despite his 80 years, he moved with alacrity: liveliness, briskness, sprightliness; agility, nimbleness.

Antonyms

1 unwillingness, indifference, unconcern, apathy, impassiveness, reluctance, disinclination; languor, lethargy, dullness.

2 slowness, sluggishness.

10.alleviate

verb

This medication will alleviate the soreness: relieve, ease, allay, assuage; lessen, reduce, abate, diminish, check, temper, lighten, soften, mitigate, mollify; blunt, dull, moderate, slake, slacken, subdue, quit, quench.

Antonyms

make worse, aggravate, increase, intensify, heighten, enhance, magnify, multiply.

11. amalgamate

verb

Silver must be amalgamated with a harder material to make durable jewelry. The two shipping companies amalgamated into one: combine, blend, merge, fuse, mix, commingle; unite, unify, join together, consolidate, coalesce, incorporate, federate, integrate, synthesize.

Antonyms

separate, part, divide, disunite.

12. ambiguous

adjective

"Indian" is an ambiguous word because it can refer to an American Indian or a native of India: equivocal, vague, unclear, cryptic, enigmatic, puzzling, indefinite, uncertain, doubtful; misleading, having a double meaning.

Antonyms

explicit, definite, specific, direct, conclusive; clear, plain, frank, unmistakable, obvious, simple, lucid; unquestionable, honest.

13.ambivalent

adjective

I have ambivalent thoughts on where to spend my vacation: contradictory, conflicting, opposing, clashing, warring; confused, undecided, unfocused, mixed, wavering, fluctuating, vacillating, Informal wishy-washy.

Antonyms

definite, positive; unwavering.

14. ameliorate

verb

1 The council met to consider ways of ameliorating the foreign situation: improve, better, help, heal, fix up, patch up, correct, rectify; amend, reform, revise, improve upon, make an improvement upon; advance, promote.

2 Doctors say the patient's condition has ameliorated: improve, get better, grow better, perk up, pick up, progress, come along, mend, show improvement.

Antonyms

1 ruin, botch, queer, screw up, wreck, destroy.

2 deteriorate, go downhill, decline, weaken, worsen.

15. Anachronism

anachronism (* nak"r* niz'*m), n.

1. an error in chronology in which a person, object, event, etc., is assigned a date or period other than the correct one.

2. a thing or person that belongs to another, esp. an earlier, time.

[164050; < L anachronismus < Gk anachronisms a wrong time reference = anachron(zein) to make a wrong time reference (see ANA-, CHRONO-, -IZE) + -ismos -ISM]

anach'ronis"tic, anach"ronous, adj.

anach'ronis"tically, anach"ronously, anachronically (an'* kron"ik le), adv.

16. analogous

adjective

The heart is analogous to a pump: similar, like, comparable, akin, equivalent, parallel, correlative, corresponding.

Antonyms

dissimilar, unlike; different, divergent17.Anarchy

Noun

1 Any form of government is better than anarchy: absence of government, disorder, lawlessness, chaos.

2 Anarchists dream of an ideal state of anarchy in which people will be completely free: utopia, the millennium.

Antonyms

1 order, discipline, authority; government, organization, control; regimentation, subjection.

18.Anomalous

Adjective

1 An Eskimo in native dress would cut an anomalous figure in Rio: odd, strange, peculiar, incongruous, out of keeping, bizarre.

2 Cats with six toes are anomalous but not uncommon: irregular, abnormal, atypical; monstrous.

Antonyms

1 common, usual, standard, typical, familiar, unexceptional, ordinary, natural, normal, regular, conventional, customary.

2 normal, typical.

19.Antipathy

Noun

I try to be broadminded but do feel antipathy toward people who are dirty and unkempt: dislike, aversion, distaste; disgust, repulsion, loathing, repugnance, abhorrence; antagonism, animosity, ill will, enmity, rancor, hostility, unfriendliness.

Antonyms

affinity, fellow feeling, regard, sympathy, attraction, partiality; love, affection, attachment.

20.Apathy

Noun

Public apathy can lead to bad government: indifference, unconcern, lack of interest, inattention, unresponsiveness, passiveness, lethargy, lassitude; lack of feeling, numbness, emotionlessness, coolness, impassibility, impassivity.

Antonyms

Concern, interest, attention, responsiveness, action; emotion, feeling, excitement, passion, zeal, vehemence, enthusiasm, fervor.

21.Appease

Verb

1 Nothing would appease the crying baby: calm, make peaceful, pacify, quiet, soothe, solace, mollify, lull, compose, placate.

2 That sandwich appeased my appetite: satisfy, ease, allay, abate, assuage, alleviate, temper, mitigate, relieve; slake, quench, quell, blunt, still, quiet, dull.

3 Chamberlain should never have tried to appease Hitler: conciliate, accommodate, propitiate.

Antonyms

1,2,3 aggravate, provoke, inflame, arouse.

1 disturb, upset, bother, annoy, dissatisfy, perturb.

3 anger, enrage, infuriate; antagonize, Informal cross22.Apprise

Verb

Police should apprise an arrested person of his or her rights to remain silent and to be represented by a lawyer: inform, notify, advise, tell, make acquainted, make aware, make cognizant of, disclose, enlighten.

Antonyms

Keep secret, keep quiet about.

23.Approbation

Noun

The architect received approbation for his new office building design: praise, congratulation, compliment, good word, applause, acclaim; approval, acceptance, support, endorsement, ratification, commendation, laudation, official sanction.

Antonyms

Censure, condemnation, criticism; disapproval, dissatisfaction, protest, rejection, veto.

24.Appropriate

Adjective

1 A long dress is appropriate for a formal wedding: suitable, proper, well-suited, congruous, fitting, befitting, correct, seemly, apt, apropos, well-chosen; characteristic, belonging, pertinent, relevant, germane, to the purpose, to