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Determine the meaning of a word using the clues provided in the sentence.


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  • 1. 

    We could tell by the rotten smell, that something putrid was in our trash can. In this sentence, the word putrid means

    • A.

      Alive

    • B.

      Rotten

    • C.

      Ample

    • D.

      Appealing

    Correct Answer
    B. Rotten
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "putrid" is used to describe the smell coming from the trash can. The context of the sentence suggests that the smell is unpleasant and foul, indicating that something in the trash can is decaying or decomposing. Therefore, the word "putrid" means rotten.

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  • 2. 

    We should be careful not to ostracize those who are different from us. It is much better for all if we are welcoming to everyone. In this sentence, the word ostracize means

    • A.

      Embrace

    • B.

      Include

    • C.

      Welcome

    • D.

      Exclude

    Correct Answer
    D. Exclude
    Explanation
    The word "ostracize" means to exclude or reject someone from a group or society. In the given context, the sentence emphasizes the importance of not excluding or rejecting those who are different from us. Therefore, the correct answer is "exclude."

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  • 3. 

    The man who lives next door spoke brusquely to the young children, unlike his wife who is always polite. In this sentence, the word brusquely means

    • A.

      Courteously

    • B.

      Kindly

    • C.

      Calmly

    • D.

      Impolitely

    Correct Answer
    D. Impolitely
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "brusquely" means impolitely. This can be inferred from the contrast between the man's behavior towards the young children and his wife's behavior, who is always polite. The use of the word "unlike" suggests that the man's manner of speaking is different from his wife's, indicating that he is not polite but rather impolite.

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  • 4. 

    Kayla indulges her daughter in many ways - buying her everything she asks for, taking her everywhere she wants to go, and letting her do whatever she wants. In this sentence, the word indulges means

    • A.

      Hurts

    • B.

      Punishes

    • C.

      Takes away

    • D.

      Spoils

    Correct Answer
    D. Spoils
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "indulges" means spoils. This means that Kayla excessively satisfies her daughter's desires and whims, buying her everything she asks for, taking her everywhere she wants to go, and allowing her to do whatever she wants. This behavior implies that Kayla is overly permissive and does not set boundaries or discipline her daughter.

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  • 5. 

    Although finding a penny is said to bring you luck, walking under a ladder can be inauspicious. In this sentence, the word inauspicious means

    • A.

      Revolting

    • B.

      Exhausting

    • C.

      Unlucky

    • D.

      Exploring

    Correct Answer
    C. Unlucky
    Explanation
    The word "inauspicious" means unlucky. In the given sentence, it is mentioned that walking under a ladder can be inauspicious, implying that it can bring bad luck.

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  • 6. 

    No repairs were needed for the old car because it was in impeccable condition. In this sentence, the word impeccable means

    • A.

      Horrible

    • B.

      Bad

    • C.

      Perfect

    • D.

      Imperfect

    Correct Answer
    C. Perfect
    Explanation
    The word "impeccable" means flawless or without any faults. In the given sentence, it is mentioned that no repairs were needed for the old car because it was in impeccable condition. This implies that the car was in perfect condition, without any flaws or imperfections, and therefore did not require any repairs.

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  • 7. 

    After being ill and unable to eat for three days, Beverly had a voracious appetite. In this sentence, the word voracious means

    • A.

      Small

    • B.

      Satisfied

    • C.

      Big

    • D.

      Quenched

    Correct Answer
    C. Big
    Explanation
    In the given sentence, it is mentioned that Beverly had a voracious appetite after being ill and unable to eat for three days. The word "voracious" is used to describe an intense or insatiable hunger or appetite. Therefore, in this context, "voracious" means big or large, indicating that Beverly had a strong and ravenous appetite.

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  • 8. 

    The children in the science class worked together as a team. The great synergy that was created made the project a huge success. In this sentence, the word synergy means

    • A.

      Conflict

    • B.

      Teamwork

    • C.

      Friction

    • D.

      Chaos

    Correct Answer
    B. Teamwork
    Explanation
    The word "synergy" refers to the combined effort or cooperation of individuals working together towards a common goal. In the given sentence, it states that the children in the science class worked together as a team and created great synergy, which ultimately led to the success of the project. Therefore, the correct answer is "teamwork."

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  • 9. 

    Debilitating illnesses include Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. In this sentence, the word debilitating means

    • A.

      Strengthening

    • B.

      Weakening

    • C.

      Improving

    • D.

      Energizing

    Correct Answer
    B. Weakening
    Explanation
    The word "debilitating" is used to describe illnesses such as Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. These illnesses are known to weaken a person's physical and mental health, causing significant impairment and reducing their overall strength and vitality. Therefore, the correct answer is "weakening."

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  • 10. 

    The worshippers congregated, or gathered, for the church service. In this sentence, the word congregated means

    • A.

      Went away

    • B.

      Dispersed

    • C.

      Gathered

    • D.

      Left

    Correct Answer
    C. Gathered
    Explanation
    The word "congregated" means that the worshippers came together or gathered for the church service. It implies that they assembled in one place for a common purpose, in this case, to attend the service. Therefore, the correct answer is "gathered".

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  • 11. 

    Projectiles include those items that are shot forward such as a cannon shell, bullet, or rocket. In this sentence, the word projectiles means

    • A.

      Things put down

    • B.

      Things shot forward

    • C.

      Things broken

    • D.

      Things hurt

    Correct Answer
    B. Things shot forward
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "projectiles" refers to items that are shot forward, such as a cannon shell, bullet, or rocket. It implies objects that are propelled or launched in a specific direction, typically with force or velocity.

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  • 12. 

    We almost collided with the bus, but it moved just in time for us to miss it. In this sentence, the word collided means

    • A.

      Drove around

    • B.

      Conflicted

    • C.

      Ran

    • D.

      Crashed into

    Correct Answer
    D. Crashed into
    Explanation
    The word "collided" in this sentence means that there was a potential accident or impact between the subject and the bus. It implies that the two objects came into contact forcefully, suggesting a collision or crash.

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  • 13. 

    Brandon gave no intimation of the surprise party he was planning. His sister had no idea that all her friends had gathered for her birthday. In this sentence, the word intimation means

    • A.

      Hint

    • B.

      Oppose

    • C.

      Oppress

    • D.

      Dampen

    Correct Answer
    A. Hint
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "intimation" means a hint. It suggests that Brandon did not give any indication or clue about the surprise party he was planning, which means he did not hint or give any subtle suggestion about it. Therefore, "hint" is the correct answer.

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  • 14. 

    Honesty is the best policy because being fraudulent can get you in big trouble with your parents. In this sentence, the word fraudulent means

    • A.

      Focused

    • B.

      Pure

    • C.

      Dishonest

    • D.

      Sassy

    Correct Answer
    C. Dishonest
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "dishonest." In the given sentence, it is stated that being fraudulent can get you in big trouble with your parents. This implies that being fraudulent means being dishonest, as dishonesty can lead to negative consequences.

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  • 15. 

    John was meticulous in his work as an artist. He took great pains to be detailed, precise, and thorough with all of his paintings. In this sentence, the word meticulous means

    • A.

      Sloppy

    • B.

      Careful

    • C.

      Messy

    • D.

      Casual

    Correct Answer
    B. Careful
    Explanation
    The word "meticulous" means being extremely careful and precise in one's work. This is evident in the sentence where it describes John's approach to his work as an artist. He takes great pains to ensure that his paintings are detailed, precise, and thorough, indicating that he is very careful in his artistic process.

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  • 16. 

    I felt sorry for the poor pathetic dog after he was dropped off along the road in the rain. In this sentence, the word pathetic means

    • A.

      Happy

    • B.

      Cheerful

    • C.

      Sad

    • D.

      Joyful

    Correct Answer
    C. Sad
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "pathetic" is used to describe the dog. The context suggests that the dog's situation is pitiful or distressing. Therefore, the word "pathetic" means sad.

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  • 17. 

    Mr. Pope's decision to make our lunches shorter will incense, or anger, a lot of people in our department. In this sentence, the word incense means

    • A.

      Anger

    • B.

      Survive

    • C.

      Excite

    • D.

      Loyal

    Correct Answer
    A. Anger
    Explanation
    The word "incense" in this sentence means to anger. This suggests that Mr. Pope's decision to make lunches shorter will cause a lot of people in the department to become angry.

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  • 18. 

    I know that Jeff is smart, so I was confused when he did such a vacuous thing as to jump off the roof of our house. In this sentence, the word vacuous means

    • A.

      Annoying

    • B.

      Cowardly

    • C.

      Stupid

    • D.

      Outstanding

    Correct Answer
    C. Stupid
    Explanation
    The word "vacuous" means lacking intelligence or thoughtfulness. In this context, the speaker is expressing confusion because they know Jeff to be smart, yet he did something foolish or lacking in intelligence by jumping off the roof. Therefore, the correct answer is "stupid."

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  • 19. 

    Kara was an astute learner and did very well her music theory classes. Her sister, Mary, found music theory difficult and felt foolish being in the class. In this sentence, the word astute means

    • A.

      Sharp

    • B.

      Foolish

    • C.

      Dull

    • D.

      Unwise

    Correct Answer
    A. Sharp
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "astute" means sharp. This is because the sentence states that Kara was an astute learner and did very well in her music theory classes, implying that she was intelligent and quick to understand the subject. Therefore, "sharp" is the most appropriate synonym for "astute" in this context.

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  • 20. 

    The omnipotent superhero always won his battles, unlike his weak opponents. In this sentence, the word omnipotent means

    • A.

      Powerless

    • B.

      Weak

    • C.

      All powerful

    • D.

      Small

    Correct Answer
    C. All powerful
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "omnipotent" means all powerful. The sentence states that the superhero always won his battles, unlike his weak opponents. This implies that the superhero possesses great power and is able to overcome any opposition. Therefore, "all powerful" is the correct answer.

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  • 21. 

    In the play, the actor was spirited but the other actor was almost inanimate. In this sentence, the word inanimate means

    • A.

      Animate

    • B.

      Spirited

    • C.

      Spiritless

    • D.

      Full of life

    Correct Answer
    C. Spiritless
    Explanation
    The word "inanimate" means lacking energy or vitality. In the given sentence, it is mentioned that one actor was spirited while the other was almost inanimate, suggesting that the second actor lacked enthusiasm or liveliness. Therefore, "spiritless" is the correct answer as it best captures the meaning of "inanimate" in this context.

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  • 22. 

    A lass, such as my little sister, likes to play with dolls and have tea parties. In this sentence, the word lass means

    • A.

      Young boy

    • B.

      Young girl

    • C.

      Small dog

    • D.

      Old lady

    Correct Answer
    B. Young girl
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "lass" refers to a young girl. This is evident from the context provided, where the speaker mentions their little sister who enjoys playing with dolls and having tea parties. The word "lass" is commonly used to describe a young girl or a female child.

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  • 23. 

    My younger sister can be an irritating nuisance when I am doing my homework. In this sentence, the word nuisance means

    • A.

      Annoyance

    • B.

      Delight

    • C.

      Pleasure

    • D.

      Help

    Correct Answer
    A. Annoyance
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "nuisance" refers to something or someone that causes annoyance or irritation. It implies that the speaker's younger sister can be bothersome and distracting while they are trying to concentrate on their homework.

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  • 24. 

    After hearing the beautiful orchestra play, other bands sound completely cacophonous. In this sentence, the word cacophonous means

    • A.

      Harmonious

    • B.

      Sweet sounding

    • C.

      Harsh or unmusical

    • D.

      Musical

    Correct Answer
    C. Harsh or unmusical
    Explanation
    The word "cacophonous" is used to describe something that is harsh or unmusical in sound. In the given sentence, it is mentioned that after hearing the beautiful orchestra play, other bands sound completely cacophonous. This means that compared to the beautiful and harmonious sound of the orchestra, other bands sound harsh or unmusical. Therefore, the correct answer is "harsh or unmusical".

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  • 25. 

    The magnanimous crowd stood up for what they believed, but the others were too afraid. In this sentence, the word magnanimous means

    • A.

      Brief

    • B.

      Instant

    • C.

      Heroic

    • D.

      Identical

    Correct Answer
    C. Heroic
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "magnanimous" means heroic. This is because the sentence describes a crowd that stood up for what they believed in, showing great courage and generosity. The word "magnanimous" is often used to describe someone who is noble, generous, and willing to help others, which aligns with the heroic actions of the crowd in this context.

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  • 26. 

    Bobby had a mishap when he fell out of the tree, but the accident didn't hurt him too badly. In this sentence, the word mishap means

    • A.

      Branch

    • B.

      Accident

    • C.

      Event

    • D.

      Confession

    Correct Answer
    B. Accident
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "mishap" means accident. It refers to an unfortunate incident or event that occurred when Bobby fell out of the tree. The word "mishap" suggests that while the accident happened, Bobby was not seriously injured.

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