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VOCABULARY BUILDER
Copyright 2003.www.I v y L eague Admission.com.
Published in the USA
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The top 50 vocabulary words on the exam are:
ANOMALY
ASSUAGE
ENIGMA
EQUIVOCAL
ERUDITE
FERVID
LUCID
OPAQUE
PLACATE
PRECIPITATE
PRODIGAL
ZEAL
ABSTAIN
ADULTERATE
APATHY
AUDACIOUS
CAPRICIOUS
CORROBORATE
HOMOGENOUS
DESICCATE
ENGENDER
EPHEMERAL
GULLIBLE
PEDANT
LACONIC
LAUDABLE
LOQUACIOUS
MITIGATE
PRAGMATIC
PROPRIETY
VACILLATE
VOLATILE
WAVER
ADVOCATE
ANTIPATHY
BOLSTER
CACOPHONY
DERIDE
DISSONANCE
ENERVATE
EULOGY
GARRULOUS
INGENUOUS
LETHARGIC
MALLEABLE
MISANTHROPE
OBDURATE
OSTENTATION
PARADOX
PHILANTHROPIC
PREVARICATE
VENERATE
TOP 180 WORDS IN CONTEXT
1)ABSCO ND: to leave secretly
Cheyenne ABSCONDED from McDonalds without paying her bill.
2)A BAT E: to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
After the storm ABATED, people left the shelter and returned to their homes.
3)A B STAI N: to choose not to do something
The priest will voluntarily ABSTAIN from sexual activity.
4) ABYSS: an extremely deep hole
The rodent scurried into his hiding place in the deep ABYSS of the cave.
Related words
ABYSSAL: pertaining to great depth
ABYSMAL: extremely bad
5)A D ULT E R AT E: to make impure
The suspicious-tasting milk was ADULTERATED with water.

Related words
UNADULTERATED: pure
ADULTERY: an illicit relationship; an affair

6)ADVOC AT E: to speak in favor of
The physician ADVOCATED a lifestyle including rigorous exercise.
Related words
ADVOCACY: active support for

7)AEST H E T IC: concerning the appreciation of beauty
Decorators include flowers in home decor for their AESTHETIC appeal.
Related words
AESTHETE: someone unusually sensitive to beauty

AESTHETICISM: concern with beauty
8)AG GR ANDIZ E: to increase in power, influence, and reputation
The overzealous job candidate AGGRANDIZED himself by claiming achievements beyond his ability.
9)AL LE VI AT E: to make more bearable
Two Ibuprofen will ALLEVIATE the pain from a headache.

10)AMAL G AM AT E: to combine; to mix together
IBM and GE AMALGAMATED to form Mega-Corporation.
Related Words

AMALGAM: a mixture, especially of two metals

11)AMBI G U OUS: doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
Jane's AMBIGUOUS response to his marriage proposal made Joe doubt her sincerity.
Related Words

AMBIGUITY: the quality of being ambiguous
12)AME L I OR AT E: to make better; to improve
Jane can AMELIORATE her dental pain by taking aspirin.
13)ANACHRON IS M: something out of place in time
The 1950's music seemed ANACHRONISTIC in the modern nightclub.
14)ANAL O G O US: similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
My love for my son is ANALOGOUS to my father's love for me.

Related words
ANALOGY: a similarity between things that are otherwise dissimilar
ANALOGUE: something that is similar in some way to something else

15)A NO M ALY: deviation from what is normal
Her friendly behavior at the dance was an ANOMALOUS deviation from her ususal frosty demeanor.
Related words
ANOMALOUS: deviating from what is normal

16)ANTAG O N I ZE: to. annoy or provoke to anger The child ANTAGONIZED the cat by pulling its tail. Related Words

ANTAGONISTIC: tending to provoke conflict
ANTAGONIST: someone who fights another
17)A N IT PAT H Y: extreme dislike
The ANTIPATHY between Clare and her mother-in-law often descended into verbal fighting..
18)A PAT H Y: lack of interest or emotion
APATHETIC voters don't bother to show up at the polls.
19)ARBI T R AT E: to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Since the couple could not agree on a property settlement, a judge was forced to ARBITRATE their divorce
proceedings.

Related words
ARBITRATION: a process by which a conflict is resolved
ARBITRATOR: a judge

20)ARCHAIC: ancient, old-fashioned
Her ARCHAIC computer could not handle the latest software.
Related words

ARCHAISM: an outdated word or phrase
21)ARDOR: intense and passionate feeling
Jason's ARDOR for Joan was evident when he passionately described the beauty of her smile.

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