GRE Words (A)

  1. abase
    • (v.) to humiliate, cause to feel shame;
    • (v.) to hurt the pride of
  2. abash
    (v.) to embarrass; to cause to be embarrassed
  3. abate
    • (v.) to make less active or intense;
    • (v.) to become less in intensity
  4. abdicate
    (v.) to give up power
  5. aberration
    • (n.) an aberrant state or condition;
    • (n.) a disorder in a person's mental state; an optical phenomenon which results from the failure of a mirror or lens to produce a good image
  6. abet
    • (v.) to assist or encourage, , often in the case of wrongdoing;
    • (v.) to support, uphold, or maintain;
    • (v.) to contribute to the commission of an offense
  7. abeyance
    • (n.) a temporary suspension or cessation;
    • (n.) a temporary suppression
  8. abhor
    (v.) to find repugnant, or to shrink back with dislike or horror
  9. abjure
    • (v.) to reject something;
    • (v.) to retract an oath;
    • (v.) to recant
  10. aboriginal
    • (n.) an original inhabitant of any land;
    • (n.) an animal or plant native to the region
  11. abortive
    • (adj.) failing to accomplish an original intent or goal;
    • (adj.) imperfectly formed or developed;
    • (n.) something that is born prematurely;
    • (adj.) made from the skin of a still-born animal
  12. abscond
    • (v.) to run away, often taking someone or something along;
    • (v.) to hide, withdraw or be concealed
  13. absolve
    • (v.) to release from moral wrongdoing;
    • (v.) to grant remission of a sin
  14. abstain
    • (v.) to refrain from engaging in a certain act;
    • (v.) to voluntarily refrain from, especially when having to do with an act involving the appetite or senses
  15. abstemious
    • (adj.) sparing in consumption of, especially in relation to food and drink;
    • (adj.) marked by moderation in indulgence
  16. abyss
    • (n.) a gulf or pit that is either bottomless or which possesses an unfathomable and inconceivable depth;
    • (n.) infinite time
  17. abysmal
    • (adj.) boundless and vast;
    • (adj.) unfathomable
  18. accede
    • (v.) to give into or yield to someone else's wishes or desires;
    • (v.) to be in accordance with; to agree
  19. acclivity
    (n.) an upward grade or slope, on the earth
  20. accolade
    • (n.) to praise;
    • (n.) a symbol that signifies distinction or approval;
    • (n.) a ceremony that was formerly used to bestow knighthood
  21. accoutre
    (v.) to provide with military equipment
  22. accretion
    • (n.) an increase brought about by natural growth;
    • (n.) an increase in a beneficiary's awarded portion of an estate
  23. acetic
    (adj.) containing or relating to acetic acid; vinegary smell or taste, particularly in relation to wine
  24. acidulous
    (adj.) tasting sour like
  25. acme
    • (n.) the highest degree or level attainable, the highest point of something; mature age;
    • (n.) the crisis or height of a disease
  26. acquiescence
    • (n.) acceptance without resistance or protest; assent or submission;
    • (n.) in criminal law: submission to an injury by the injured party
  27. acquiescent
    • (adj.) willing to carry out someone else's orders or wishes without any protest or dissent;
    • (adj.) submissive
  28. actuate
    • (v.) to trigger a reaction or to move and incite to action;
    • (v.) to carry out or perform
  29. adapt
    • (v.) to modify or change to suit a new purpose or conditions;
    • (v.) to conform one's own self to new conditions or a new environment
  30. addiction
    (n.) a situation in which someone is dependent on something that is physiologically and/or psychologically habit forming, particularly in relation to alcohol or drugs
  31. adhere
    • (v.) to be in accordance with or compatible with; to carry out a plan without deviation;
    • (v.) to come into close contact with; to be a devoted supporter or follower, in a religious sense
  32. adipose
    (adj.) composed of animal fat
  33. admonish
    • (v.) to counsel in relation to one's negative behavior;
    • (v.) to warn against strongly;
    • (v.) to take to task
  34. adulterate
    • (adj.) mixed with impurities;
    • (v.) to corrupt or debase by adding a foreign substance
  35. adumbration
    (n.) a rough summary of the main aspects of an argument or theory; providing vague indications of something in advance
  36. adversity
    • (n.) a state of affliction or misfortune; extreme challenge or hardship;
    • (n.) a stroke of excessively bad fortune
  37. advert
    • (v.) to give heed to;
    • (v.) to make a subversive or overt reference to
  38. advocate:
    • (n.) a person who stands for and/or pleads for a cause, idea or person;
    • (n.) a lawyer who pleads a case in a court of law;
    • (v.) to push for or recommend something;
    • (v.) to argue in favor of
  39. aerie
    • (n.) a lofty nest of a bird of prey, such as an eagle or hawk;
    • (n.) a habitation of high altitude
  40. aesthetic
    • (adj.) relating to beauty or good taste;
    • (n.) a specialty in philosophy that relates to what is beautiful and how humans respond to art and beauty in the world
  41. affable
    • (adj.) exemplifying warmth and friendliness;
    • (adj.) gracious and mild
  42. affected
    • (adj.) acted on or influenced;
    • (adj.) experiencing an emotional impact
  43. aggrandize
    • (v.) to add details to; to increase in power;
    • (v.) to make something appear exceedingly great or exalted
  44. affiliation
    • (n.) association in or with a professional or societal group;
    • (n.) connection in terms of descent
    • (from birth)
  45. affinity
    • (n.) the force which attracts atoms and binds them together in the formation of a molecule;
    • (n.) a close connection marked by shared interests or similarities; an intrinsic resemblance between persons and/or things; a natural attraction to or feeling of kinship for;
    • (adj.) kinship by marriage or adoption
  46. affray
    (n.) a noisy fight or quarrel; the act of disturbing someone; fear or fright
  47. agape
    • (adj.) with the mouth wide open due to wonder or awe;
    • (n.) a religious meal shared as a sign of fellowship, love, and respect
  48. aggregate
    • (n.) gathered or having a tendency to gather in a mass or whole;
    • (n.) the whole amount;
    • (v.) to gather in a mass or whole
  49. aghast
    (adj.) struck with fear, disgust, dismay and/or horror
  50. agnostic
    • (adj.) uncertain of all claims relating to knowledge;
    • (n.) a person who doubts the truth of religion and/or does not hold a particular view or perspective on the existence or nonexistence of God
  51. alacrity
    (n.) cheerful readiness, promptness, eagerness
  52. agrarian
    • (adj.) agricultural or relating to farms and agriculture, fields or lands;
    • (n.) a person in favor of an equal division of property
  53. alchemy
    • (n.) a forerunner of chemistry, originating from the medieval era;
    • (n.) the manner in which two individuals relate to each other
  54. alias
    (n.) a temporarily assumed name, other than one's real name
  55. allay
    • (v.) to lessen the intensity of;
    • (v.) to calm; to quench, particularly in terms of thirst
  56. allege:
    (v.) to report or accuse
  57. alleviate
    • (v.) to provide physical relief, particularly from pain;
    • (v.) to make easier
  58. allocate
    • (v.) to distribute according to a particular plan;
    • (v.) to set aside
  59. aloof
    (adj.) to be somewhat at a distance or apart from a crowd; detached or reserved in mannerisms
  60. altercation
    (n.) a quarrel or argument
  61. amalgamation
    • (n.) the mixing or blending together of various elements, including races or societies;
    • (n.) the result of such blending;
    • (n.) the combination of two or more commercial companies
  62. ambiguous
    • (adj.) unclear;
    • (adj.) uncertain in nature; open to more than one interpretation
  63. ameliorate
    (v.) to make something or someone better
  64. amenable
    • (adj.) willing to comply;
    • (adj.) responsible to a higher authority
  65. amnesia
    (n.) a partial or total loss of memory
  66. amnesty
    • (n.) a period during which criminals are exempt from punishment;
    • (n.) a warrant that grants release from a previously meted out punishment;
    • (v.) the official act of liberating someone, in a legal sense; to grant a pardon
  67. amortize
    (v.) to gradually liquidate; to clear off or extinguish, particularly in relation to a debt
  68. amuck
    (adj.) in a murderous tumult; wildly or without self-control
  69. amulet
    (n.) a piece of jewelry thought to protect an individual against evil
  70. anachronism
    • (n.) something located during a time when it could not have actually existed or occurred;
    • (n.) an artifact that belongs to a different time period;
    • (n.) a person displaced in time
  71. analgesia
    (n.) the absence of the sense of pain, but with consciousness still in tact
  72. analogy
    • (n.) an insinuation that if things agree in one respect, they agree in others;
    • (n.) a comparison drawn to show similarities
  73. anarchy
    (n.) a state of disorder and lawlessness, resulting from a lack of or failure in government
  74. anesthetic
    • (adj.) characterized by a lack of sensibility;
    • (n.) a drug that temporarily causes loss of bodily sensations
  75. animus
    (n.) a feeling of ill-will that arouses hostility or animosity relieve
  76. annul
    • (v.) to declare void or invalid, particularly in the case of a marriage, law or contract;
    • (v.) to eliminate the existence of
  77. antagonism
    • (n.) hostility that results in conflict, resistance or opposition;
    • (n.) the condition of being an opposing force or factor in a situation or system
  78. antipathy
    (n.) a strong feeling of hostility or dislike
  79. apex
    (n.) the highest point of something, particularly in the case of a triangle, cone or pyramid
  80. aplomb
    • (n.) poise
    • (n.) self-confidence
  81. apocalyptic
    • (adj.) relating to the apocalypse; involving or implying doom and ultimate devastation;
    • (adj.) of a prophetic nature दैवी साहित्य
  82. apostate
    (n.) a person who has abandoned his or her political party, religion, or cause
  83. appease
    • (v.) to bring pacification or peace to someone who is upset or contentious;
    • (v.) to satisfy or relieve
  84. appellation:
    • (n.) a formal name or title;
    • (n.) the act of naming
    • (officially)
  85. apprehend
    • (v.) to arrest or take an individual into custody;
    • (v.) to mentally grasp a concept or principle
  86. apprehensive
    • (adj.) anxious or fearful about the future;
    • (adj.) capable of understanding concepts quickly
  87. aptitude
    • (n.) an aptitude for learning; a talent;
    • (n.) quickness in understanding, intelligence
  88. archives
    (n.) a collection of records, particularly related to the history of records of an institution
  89. ardor
    • (n.) a feeling of strong eagerness or enthusiasm; an intense feeling of love;
    • (n.) feelings of warmth and affection
  90. arraign
    (v.) to command a prisoner or free person accused of a crime to appear in court to answer a charge
  91. arrant
    (adj.) downright or utter, particularly unqualified आरोप के लिए बुलाना
  92. artifact
    (n.) man-made object
  93. artifice
    • (n.) a clever trick;
    • (n.) skill or cunningness
  94. asceticism
    • (n.) the principles and practices of an ascetic, particularly in relation to extreme self-denial;
    • (n.) self-restraint practiced in relation to a religious or spiritual doctrine or practice that claims the renunciation of worldly pleasures allows one to achieve a higher spiritual state of being संन्यास
  95. ascribe
    • (v.) to attribute to;
    • (v.) to assign a quality or characteristic
  96. askance
    • (v.) to view with an oblique glance;
    • (v.) to regard with suspicion एक परोक्ष नज़र के साथ देखने
  97. askew
    (adj.) turned or twisted toward one side
  98. aspiration
    • (n.) a desire or will to succeed; a cherished desire;
    • (n.) an expulsion of breath during the active process of speech; the act of inhaling or drawing in air
  99. assail
    • (v.) to violently attack; to criticize;
    • (v.) to cause trouble to
  100. assimilate
    • (v.) to learn, understand and incorporate information;
    • (v.) to adjust or become adjusted to a different environment; to absorb
    • (food)
  101. assuage
    • (v.) to make something less intense or severe;
    • (v.) to satisfy or appease, to pacify or calm
  102. astringent
    • (adj.) causing the contraction of body tissue; severe or harsh;
    • (n.) an drug or lotion that draws pores together and/or causes their contraction
  103. astute
    (adj.) rapid to apprehend or understand
  104. atrocity
    • (n.) a behavior, event or incident that is characterized by cruelty and wickedness;
    • (n.) an act of extreme cruelty क्रूरता
  105. attrition
    • (n.) a constant wearing down caused by friction;
    • (n.) a gradual decrease in strength, due to consistent stressful conditions; a gradual reduction in membership or personnel;
    • (n.) repentance for a sin, motivated by the fear of God and punishment
  106. augment
    (v.) to make something larger in size or quantity
  107. augury
    • (n.) the art of foretelling the future by means of various sings;
    • (n.) an omen from which the future if foretold
  108. auspicious:
    • (adj.) related to positive and favorable circumstances;
    • (adj.) marked by success and prosperity
  109. austere
    • (adj.) stern, in terms of character or disposition;
    • (adj.) strict or severe in discipline; lacking adornment or decoration
  110. autonomous:
    • (adj.) not controlled by other individuals or organizations;
    • (adj.) independent in mind and judgment
  111. avatar
    • (n.) the animal or human incarnation of a Hindu deity, particularly Vishnu;
    • (n.) an embodiment of a quality or concept; a temporary manifestation of an ongoing entity
  112. aver
    • (v.) to officially assert as a fact;
    • (v.) to justify, qualify or prove
  113. avouch
    • (v.) to attest to or declare the validity of;
    • (v.) to confirm; to accept responsibility for an action; to confess
  114. avow
    • (v.) to openly acknowledge;
    • (v.) to positive and undoubtedly profess
  115. axiom
    • (n.) a universally recognized truth;
    • (n.) a seemingly self-evident principle
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