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gmat verbal - vocabulary list
- unlike for the gre or the sat exam, you do not really need to cram the
dictionary for the gmat verbal section. however,
it is useful to get familiar with the list of words that usually appears in the
gmat verbal section. gmat winners usually
know more than 90% of these words.
abaft

(adv.) on or toward the rear of a ship
the passengers moved abaft of the ship so as to escape the fire in the front of
the

ship.
abandon
(v.; n) to leave behind; to give something up; freedom; enthusiasm; impetuosity
after failing for several years, he abandoned his dream of starting a grocery

business.
lucy embarked on her new adventure with abandon.
abase
(v.) to degrade; humiliate; disgrace
the mother s public reprimand abased the girl. the insecure father, after failing

\ufffd
to

achieve his own life-long goals, abased his children whenever they failed.
abbreviate
(v.) to shorten; compress; diminish
his vacation to japan was abbreviated when he acquired an illness treatable only

in the united states.
abdicate
(v.) to reject, renounce, or abandon
due to his poor payment record, it may be necessary to abdicate our relationship

with the client. aberrant (adj.) abnormal; straying from the normal or usual path
the aberrant flight pattern of the airplane alarmed the air traffic controllers.
his aberrant behavior led his friends to worry the divorce had taken its toll.

abeyance (n.) a state of temporary suspension or inactivity since the power

failure, the town has been in abeyance.
abhor
(v.) to hate
by the way her jaw tensed when he walked in, it is easy to see that she abhors

him.
the dog abhorred cats, chasing and growling at them whenever he had the

opportunity.
abject
(adj.) of the worst or lowest degree
the haldemans lived in abject poverty, with barely a roof over their heads.
abjure
(v.) to give up
the losing team may abjure to the team that is winning.
abnegation
(n.) a denial
the woman s abnegation of her loss was apparent when she began to laugh.

\ufffd

abominate
(v.) to loathe; to hate
randall abominated all the traffic he encountered on every morning commute.
please do not abominate the guilty person until you hear the complete explanation.
abridge
(v.) to shorten; to limit
the editor abridged the story to make the book easier to digest.
abrogate
(v.) to cancel by authority
the judge would not abrogate the law.
abrupt
(adj.) happening or ending unexpectedly
the abrupt end to their marriage was a shock to everyone.
abscond
(v.) to go away hastily or secretly; to hide
the newly wed couple will abscond from the reception to leave on the honeymoon.
absolve
(v.) to forgive; to acquit
the judge will absolve the person of all charges. after feuding for many years,

the

brothers absolved each other for the many arguments they had.
abstemious
(adj.) sparing in use of food or drinks
if we become stranded in the snow storm, we will have to be abstemious with our

food supply.
in many abstemious cultures the people are so thin due to the belief that too much

taken into the body leads to contamination of the soul. abstinence (n.) the act
or
process of voluntarily refraining from any action or practice; self-control;
chastity in
preparation for the olympic games, the athletes practiced abstinence from red

meat and junk food, adhering instead to a menu of pasta and produce.
abstruse
(adj.) hard to understand; deep; recondite
the topic was so abstruse the student was forced to stop reading.
the concept was too abstruse for the average student to grasp.
abysmal
(adj.) very deep
the abysmal waters contained little plant life.
accede
(v.) to comply with; to consent to
with defeat imminent, the rebel army acceded to hash out a peace treaty.
acclaim
(n.) loud approval; applause
edward albee s brilliantly written broadway revival of a delicate balance received

\ufffd

wide acclaim. accolade (n.) approving or praising mention; a sign of approval or
respect rich accolades were bestowed on the returning hero. accolades flowed
into her dressing room following the opening-night triumph. accomplice (n.) co-
conspirator; partner; partner-in-crime the bank robber s accomplice drove the get-

\ufffd
away car. accretion (n.)growth by addition; a growing together by parts with the

accretion of the new members, the club doubled its original size. the addition of
the new departments accounts for the accretion of the company.
accrue
(v.) a natural growth; a periodic increase

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