30 GRE Words Beginning with "A"

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  1. abundance
    the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply
    This is made more feasible by the growing abundance of natural gas and alternative fuels that give America other resources for cutting emissions.
    New York Times (Jun 25, 2013)
  2. accessibility
    the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
    Head Puritan and songwriter Jack Barnett has guided his band through three very disparate albums united by their near complete disregard for listener accessibility.
    The Guardian (Jun 20, 2013)
  3. accord
    a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
    A fourth said the draft accord was already ready and waiting to be signed.
    Reuters (Jul 25, 2013)
  4. acerbic
    harsh or corrosive in tone
    But the risk, of course, was that an acerbic confrontation could turn off the very swing voters he covets.
    New York Times (Oct 17, 2012)
  5. adaptive
    having a capacity for change
    And though they were not physically more robust, they reported less difficulty in getting around, possibly because of better adaptive equipment.
    New York Times (Jul 17, 2013)
  6. adequate
    having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
    Silicosis, which has no known cure, is contracted by inhaling tiny particles of silica dust from gold-bearing rocks over many years underground without adequate protection.
    Reuters (Jul 24, 2013)
  7. adjacent
    having a common boundary or edge
    The games, held over four days, were set to take place in the United Center and on its adjacent parking lots.
    Chicago Tribune (Jul 17, 2013)
  8. admonish
    warn strongly; put on guard
    Unlike Singapore, Malaysia has not publicly admonished Indonesia over the smog.
    Reuters (Jun 27, 2013)
  9. adverse
    contrary to your interests or welfare
    Men given the drug also experienced fewer adverse effects, like bone pain and muscle weakness.
    New York Times (Jul 17, 2013)
  10. aesthetics
    the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste
    Aesthetics and ethics are related in complex ways, which make art less comforting than the art market would have us think.
    The Guardian (Jun 8, 2013)
  11. affable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    Like many selfish men, he could be good-natured so long as affability was cheap.
    Lewis Wingfield
  12. affect
    have an influence upon
    My point is that the inequality affects growth through many channels.
    New York Times (Jul 26, 2013)
  13. aloof
    distant, cold, or detached in manner
    But in a place filled with so many big personalities, Goodlatte can come across as aloof, boring or uninterested.
    Washington Post (Jul 23, 2013)
  14. ambiguity
    unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
    There’s enough ambiguity that you could argue a given case in many different ways.
    Slate (Jul 1, 2013)
  15. ameliorate
    make better
    There are job-creation programs and low-cost housing, but nothing has fully ameliorated the lingering injustices.
    New York Times (May 7, 2013)
  16. ample
    more than enough in size or scope or capacity
    Mr. Saatchi’s public comments, though, have provided ample ammunition for detractors.
    New York Times (Jul 5, 2013)
  17. anachronistic
    chronologically misplaced
    Net metering are only symptoms of this more fundamental disconnect between emerging market forces and an anachronistic model used to regulate those market forces.
    Forbes (Jul 16, 2013)
  18. analogous
    similar or equivalent in some respects
    Section 230 does not apply to cases involving intellectual property, federal criminal prosecutions, and violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or analogous state laws.
    Forbes (Jun 26, 2013)
  19. anomaly
    deviation from the normal or common order, form, or rule
    So some researchers have searched for signs of family relationships in the skeletons themselves, looking for rare anomalies that might suggest shared genetic heritage.
    Science Magazine (Jun 19, 2013)
  20. antedate
    be earlier in time than
    Much about Lee whose missionary labors antedated Marcus Whitman's by two years.
  21. antithetical
    sharply contrasted in character or purpose
    Looking at the clock leads to two things antithetical to sleep, Grandner says — math and worry.
    Washington Post (Jun 10, 2013)
  22. apathy
    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
    Commencement speakers now and then worried about apathy born of cynicism and crisis fatigue.
    New York Times (Jun 15, 2013)
  23. apparent
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    In other words, just as we know, funding journalism over the coming decades remains a large headache without apparent easy solution.
    The Guardian (Jul 26, 2013)
  24. arbitrary
    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
    The National Human Rights Commission said it had credible reports of killings, torture, rape and arbitrary detention by security forces.
    Reuters (Jul 3, 2013)
  25. arduous
    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
    A few days later, riders face three straight days of arduous climbing in the high Alps.
    Seattle Times (Jul 8, 2013)
  26. ascertain
    learn or discover with confidence
    Still, a prospective employer has a hard time ascertaining which candidate is best prepared for the highly specific job at hand.
    Forbes (Feb 27, 2013)
  27. assent
    agree or express agreement
    "Yes, yes,—just so; of course," said Barrington, hurriedly assenting to he knew not what.
    Charles James Lever
  28. astounding
    bewildering or striking dumb with wonder
    Astoundingly, Wasserman Media represented the No. 1 overall draft pick last year in five professional sports: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, soccer and football.
    New York Times (Jul 6, 2013)
  29. attenuate
    become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
    At too low a dose, the therapeutic effects of the drug are attenuated
    Scientific American (Feb 4, 2013)
  30. austerity
    excessive sternness
    Unemployment and austerity measures have curbed consumer spending.
    BBC (Jul 25, 2013)
Created on July 26, 2013 (updated August 11, 2014)

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