ASVAB Vocabulary

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ASVAB Vocabulary

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Abandon - Verb
1 : to give up completely
2 : to withdraw from often in the face of danger <abandon ship>
3 : to withdraw protection, support, or help from <abandoned the dog>
4 : to give oneself up to an emotion 
synonyms DESERT suggests the breaking of a promise, duty, or relationship <deserted the cause when there was trouble>
Abolish - Adjective
to do away with completely : put an end to; 
Absurd - Adjective
conceived or made without regard for reason or reality <absurd claims of having been abducted by UFO's> showing or marked by a lack of good sense or judgment
Abundant - Adjective
 being more than enough without being excessive
Accessible - Adjective
possible to get
Accidental - Adjective
happening by chance
Accurate - Adjective
being in agreement with the truth or a fact or a standard
Accuse - Verb
to make a claim of wrongdoing against
Adapt - Verb
 to change (something) so as to make it suitable for a new use or situation
Address - Verb
 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention
Admire - Noun
to think very highly or favorably of
Admission - Noun
an open declaration of something (as a fault or the commission of an offense) about oneself
Adore - Noun
to feel passion, devotion, or tenderness for
Analysis - Noun
the separation and identification of the parts of a whole
Anticipate - Noun
to believe in the future occurrence of (something)
Anxious - Adjective
feeling or showing uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty
Apologize - Verb
: to make an apology
  1. He apologized to his wife and children for losing his temper.
  2. We apologize for the mistake and promise that it won't happen again.
Apparel - Noun
Synonyms dress
Application - Noun
1 a : an act of applying <application of paint to a house> b :an act of putting to use <application of a new method> c : the use to which something is put
2 : ability to fix one's attention on a task
3 a : a request made personally or in writing
Assume - Verb
1 : to take upon oneself <assume control> <assumed the presidency>
2 :
Authority - Noun
1 a : a fact or statement that is used to support a position or decision b : a person looked to as an expert
2 : the right to give commands : the power to influence the behavior of others
Awe - Noun
: a feeling of mixed fear, respect, and wonder 
Basic - Adjective
1 : of, relating to, or forming the base or basis :<basic research>
2 : of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a chemical base
Synonyms  fundamental 
Behavior - Noun
1 : the way in which one conducts oneself
2 : the way in which something (as a machine) behaves
3 : anything that a living being does that involves action and response to stimulation 
Benefactor - Noun
: one who helps another especially by giving money 
Bias - Noun
1 : a line diagonal to the grain of a fabric
2 : an attitude that always favors one way of feeling or acting over any other 
3 : a voltage applied to a device (as a transistor control electrode) to establish a reference level for operation 
Synonyms  prejudice
Bizarre - Adjective
: strikingly unusual or odd 
Boast - Verb
1 : to praise one's own possessions, qualities, or accomplishments
2 : to have and display proudly
Brilliant - Adjective
1 : flashing with light : very bright <brilliant jewels>
2 a : very impressive
Budget - Noun
1, quantity
2 a : a statement of estimated income and expenses b : a plan for using money c : the amount of money available for some purpose 
Chaos - Noun
: complete confusion 
Characterize - Verb
1 : to point out the character of an individual or group <characterize him as ambitious>
2 : to be characteristic of
Cite - Verb
1 : to summon to appear before a court
2 : to quote as an example, authority, or proof
3 : to refer to especially in praise 
Cling - Verb
1 : to stick to as if glued
2 : to hold or hold on tightly <clung desperately to the ladder>
3 : to remain close : be dependent <clings to the family> 
Colleague - Noun
: an associate in a profession or office 
Command - Verb
1 a : to issue orders by right of authority b : to have authority and control over : be commander of <command an army>
2 : to have for one's use <commands many resources>
3 : to demand or receive as one's due <commands a high fee>
4 : to look down on especially from a militarily strong position
Commodity - Noun
1 : a product of agriculture or mining
2 : an article that is bought and sold in commerce 
Compel - Verb
1 : to cause to do something by the use of physical, moral, or mental pressure 
Competition - Noun
1 : the act or process of competing
2 a : a contest between rivals b: an individual or group one is competing against
Compromise - Noun
1 : a settlement of a dispute by each party giving up some demands
2 : a giving up to something that is wrong or degrading  
Compromise - Verb
1 : to adjust or settle differences by means of a compromise
2 : to expose to disgrace, suspicion, or danger <compromisedhis reputation> <compromise national security> 
Conceive - Verb
1 : to become pregnant or pregnant with <conceive a child>
2 a : to take into the mind <conceived a liking for the singer>b : to form an idea of  <conceive a new design>
3 : to have as an opinion <conceived of her as a genius> 
Synonyms imagine, think
Conclusive - Adjective
1, convincing <conclusive proof> 
Synonyms decisive
Conform - Verb
1 : to bring into harmony <conform my behavior to the circumstances>
2 : to be similar or identical
Conquer - Verb
1 : to get or gain by force of arms <conquer a country>
2 : to defeat by force of arms <conquered all their enemies>
3 subdue <conquer a habit>
4 : to be victorious 

synonyms  CONQUER suggests gaining control over another after a lengthy struggle and then more or less permanently
Consciousness - Noun
1 : the condition of being conscious
2 : the normal state of conscious life in contrast to sleep or an insensible state
3 : the part of mental life that involves conscious thought and awareness 
Consequence - Noun
1 effect 
2 : importance that comes from the power to produce an effect
Consideration - Noun
1 : careful thought
2 : thoughtfulness for other people
3 : something that needs to be considered before deciding or acting
4 : a payment made in return for something 
Synonyms deliberation
Contradiction - Noun
1 : something (as a statement) that contradicts something else
2 : a condition in which things oppose each other 
Contrary - Adjective
: something opposite or contrary 
on the contrary : just the opposite 
Controversial - Adjective
: relating to or causing controversy
Conventional - Adjective
: following, agreeing with, or based on convention <conventional people> <conventional remarks>
Convey - verb
1 : to carry from one place to another 
2 : to serve as a way of carrying
Cordial - Adjective
1 : tending to refresh or cheer
2 : being warm and friendly <cordial greeting>
synonym GRACIOUS 
Corruption - Noun
1 : physical decay or rotting
2 : dishonest or evil behavior
3 : the causing of someone else to do wrong (as by bribery)
4 : a change from the original or for the worse 
Crisis - Noun
1 : the turning point for better or worse in a disease
2 : a turning point (as in a person's life or in the plot of a story)
3 a : an unstable or difficult time or state of affairs
Critical - Adjective
1 a : inclined to criticize in an unfavorable way
Synonyms crucial, indispensable, vital
Crude - Adjective
1 : being in a natural state and not changed by cooking or refining : RAW <crude oil>
2 : not having or showing good manners : VULGAR
3 : planned or done in a rough or unskilled way
Cult - Noun
1 : a system of religious worship
2 a : enthusiastic but often temporary devotion to a person, idea, or thing b : the object of such devotion c : a group of persons who belong to or show devotion to a cult 
Cultivate - Verb
1 a : to prepare land for the raising of crops b : to loosen or break up the soil around (growing plants)
2 a : to raise or assist the growth of by tilling or by labor and care <cultivate vegetables> <cultivate oysters> b 2CULTURE
3 : to improve or develop by careful attention, training, or study : devote time and thought to <cultivate one's mind> <cultivate the arts>
4 : to seek the company and friendship of 
Curiosity - Noun
1 : an eager desire to learn and often to learn what does not concern one : INQUISITIVENESS
2 a : something strange or unusual
Current - Adjective
1 a : now passing
Cynical - Adjective
: having or showing the attitude of a cynic : not trusting human nature ; distrustful of people's motives
Deceive - Verb
1 : to cause to believe what is untrue : MISLEAD <deceived the customer about the condition of the car>
2 : to use or practice deceit 
Synonym mislead
Deduction - Noun
1 a : an act of taking away b : something that is or may be subtracted <deductions from taxable income>
2 a : the drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; especially : reasoning in which the conclusion follows necessarily from a general rule or principle b : a conclusion reached by such reasoning 
Deliberate - Verb
: to think about carefully : consider problems and decisions carefully <deliberate before answering>

Word History To weigh a decision is to think about it carefully, comparing one fact or idea with another as if by balancing them on a scale. The notion that slow and careful thought is like using a scale has given us the word deliberate. 
Deliberate - Adjective
1 : decided on as a result of careful thought : carefully considered
Demolish - Verb
1 a : TEAR DOWN, RAZE b : to break to pieces : SMASH 2 : to do away with : put an end to 
Synonyms tear down, raze, smash
Deny - Verb
1 : to declare not to be true : CONTRADICT <deny a report>
2 : to refuse to grant <deny a request>
3 : to refuse to accept the existence or truth of 
Synonym contradict
Depict - Verb
1 : to represent by a picture
2 : to describe in words 
Despair - Noun
: to lose all hope or confidence <despair of winning> 
Detached - Adjective
: to separate especially from a larger mass and usually without violence or damage 
Determined - Adjective
1 a : to fix exactly or with authority <determine who will be president> b : to have a strong influence on : GOVERN 
Devastated - Adjective
1 : to reduce to ruin : lay waste
Devious - Adjective
1 : straying from a straight course : ROUNDABOUT 
Devise - Verb
1 : to form in the mind by new combinations or applications of ideas or principles : INVENT <devise a solution to the problem>
2 : to give (real estate) by will <devised the property to his daughter> 
Synonym invent
Diligent - Adjective
: showing steady and earnest care and effort : PAINSTAKING 
Diminish - Verb
1 : to make less or cause to appear less
2 : to lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of : BELITTLE
3 : to become gradually less (as in size or importance) : DWINDLE 
Synonyms belittle, dwindle
Discouraged - Adjective
1 : to lessen the courage or confidence of : DISHEARTEN 
Synonyms dishearten, deter, dissuade
Dismiss - Verb
1 : to send away : cause or allow to go <dismiss a messenger>
2 : to discharge from office, service, or employment
3 : to put aside or out of mind <dismiss the thought>
4 : to refuse further judicial hearing or consideration to
Disprove - Verb
: to prove to be false 
Disrupt - Verb
: to throw into disorder <disrupted the class> 
Distant - Adjective
1 a : separated in space or time : AWAY b : being at a great distance : FAR-OFF <distant countries>
2 : not close in relationship <distant cousin>
3 : 1COLD 2, unfriendly 
Synonyms away, far-off, cold 
Distaste - Noun
: a strong dislike : AVERSION 
Distinguish - Verb
1 : to recognize one thing from others by some mark or quality <distinguish the sound of a piano in an orchestra>
2 : to hear or see clearly : MAKE OUT, DISCERN <distinguish a light in the distance>
3 : to know or point out the difference <distinguish between right and wrong>
4 : to set apart as different or special <distinguished themselves by heroic actions> 
Synonyms  make out, discern
Disturb - Verb
1 a : to interfere with : INTERRUPT b : to change the position, arrangement, or stability of
2 a : to trouble the mind of : make uneasy b : to throw into confusion or disorder c : to cause bother to 
Synonym interrupt
Dominant - Adjective
1 a : commanding, controlling, or having great influence over all others
Draft - Noun
1 a : the act of pulling or hauling b : the thing or amount pulled
2 : the act or an instance of drinking or inhaling; also : the portion drunk or inhaled at one time
3 a : something represented in words or lines : DESIGN, PLAN b : a quick sketch, outline, or version from which a final work is produced
Effect - Noun
1 : an event, condition, or state of affairs that is produced by a cause
Effective - Adjective
1 a : producing or able to produce a desired effect <effective treatment of a disease> b : IMPRESSIVE, STRIKING 
Enact - Verb
1 : to make (as a bill) into law <enact legislation>
2 : to act out <enact a scene from a play> 
Enclosed - Adjective
Closed in or surrounded or included within
Encounter - Noun
1 : to engage in a struggle with as an enemy or rival
2 : to come upon face-to-face : MEET
3 : to come upon unexpectedly <encountered problems> 
Synonym  meet
Encourage - Verb
1 a : to cause to feel courage, spirit, or hope <encouraged by her kind words> b : to try to persuade <encouraged him to go back to school>
2 : to spur on : STIMULATE
3 : to give help to : FOSTER 
Endurance - Noun
1 : the quality of lasting or of being permanent
2 : the ability to withstand hardship, adversity, or stress
Endure - Verb
1 : to continue in the same state : LAST
2 : to bear patiently : SUFFER
3 : to allow to happen or continue : TOLERATE 
Synonyms  last, suffer, tolerate
Enhance - Verb
: to increase or improve in value, desirability, or attractiveness 
Enthusiasm - Noun
1 : strong excitement and active interest
2 : something causing a feeling of excitement and active interest 
Essential - Adjective
1 : forming or belonging to the essence
Establish - Verb
1 : to make a permanent part of a nation's laws <establish a constitution>
2 : to put securely in place or cause to have a firm and lasting position
3 a : to bring into existence : FOUND <establish a republic> <establish a school> b : to cause to exist : BRING ABOUT <establish a good relationship> <establishradio contact>
4 : to set on a firm basis <establish their children in business>
5 : to gain full recognition or acceptance of <establish a claim> <establish new ideas> <established their innocence>
Synonyms  found, bring about
Esteem - Noun
: the degree of respect or liking one has for something or someone; especially : a very favorable opinion 
Esteem - Verb
1 : to think of in a particular way : CONSIDER <esteem it a privilege>
2 : to think very highly or favorably of 
Synonym consider
Evident - Adjective
: clear to the sight or mind : PLAIN 
Exasperation - Noun
1 : extreme annoyance : ANGER
2 : a source of annoyance 
Synonym  anger
Excavation - Noun
1 : the act or process of excavating
2 : a hollowed-out place formed by excavating 
Exhibit - Noun
1 : an article or a collection shown in an exhibition
2 : an article presented as evidence in a court of law 
Extent - Noun
1 : the range, distance, or space over or through which something extends <the extent of the Roman empire>
2 : the point, degree, or limit to which something extends <the extent of her knowledge> 
Extraordinary - Adjective
: so unusual as to be remarkable 
Faculty - Noun
1 : ability to do something : TALENT <a faculty for making friends>
2 : one of the powers of the mind or body <the faculty of hearing>
3 : the teachers in a school or college 
Synonym talent
Fascinating - Adjective 
1 : to grip the attention of especially so as to take away the power to move, act, or think for oneself
2 : to attract and hold by charming qualities 
Fatigue - Noun
1 plural : the uniform worn by members of the armed forces for physical labor
2 a : tiredness from work or stress b : the condition of a part of the body (as a sense organ or gland) that temporarily loses the power to respond after a long period of stimulation
3 : the tendency of a material (as metal) to break under repeated stress (as bending)
Feasible - Adjective
: possible to do or carry out