SSAT/ISEE Kaplan Vocabulary

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. abdicate
    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors
    Abdicate 12
  2. abduct
    take away to an undisclosed location against their will
    Abduct 12
  3. abhor
    find repugnant
    Abhor 13
  4. absurd
    inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
    Absurd 13
  5. abyss
    a bottomless gulf or pit
    Abyss 13
  6. accelerate
    move faster
    Accelerate 13
  7. acclaim
    enthusiastic approval
    Acclaim 13
  8. acute
    ending in a sharp point
    Acute 13
  9. adage
    a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact
    Adage 13
  10. adhere
    stick to firmly
    Adhere 13
  11. adjourn
    close at the end of a session
    Adjourn 13
  12. adjunct
    something added to another thing but not essential to it
    Adjunct 13
  13. admonish
    scold or reprimand; take to task
    Admonish 13
  14. adorn
    make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
    Adorn 13
  15. adversary
    someone who offers opposition
    Adversary 13
  16. affable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    Affable 14
  17. affectation
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    Affectation 14
  18. aghast
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
    Aghast 14
  19. agility
    the gracefulness of a quick and nimble person or animal
    Agility 14
  20. agitate
    move or cause to move back and forth
    Agitate 14
  21. alleviate
    provide physical relief, as from pain
    Alleviate 14
  22. allure
    the power to entice or attract
    Allure 14
  23. aloof
    remote in manner
    Aloof 14
  24. altruistic
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
    Altruistic 14
  25. amateur
    someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
    Amateur 14
  26. amend
    make revisions to
    Amend 14
  27. amorous
    inclined toward or displaying love
    Amorous 14
  28. amorphous
    having no definite form or distinct shape
    Amorphous 14
  29. amphibian
    cold-blooded vertebrate living on land but breeding in water
    Amphibian 15
  30. angular
    having the shape of intersecting lines or planes
    Angular 15
  31. animosity
    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
    Animosity 15
  32. annihilate
    kill in large numbers
    Annihilate 15
  33. antidote
    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
    Antidote 15
  34. aperture
    a natural opening in something
    Aperture 15
  35. aqueous
    similar to or containing or dissolved in water
    Aqueous 15
  36. ardent
    characterized by intense emotion
    Ardent 15
  37. arid
    lacking sufficient water or rainfall
    Arid 15
  38. aroma
    any property detected by the sense of smell
    Aroma 15
  39. articulate
    express or state clearly
    Articulate 15
  40. artifice
    a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
    Artifice 15
  41. ascertain
    learn or discover with confidence
    Ascertain 15
  42. astound
    affect with wonder
    Astound 16
  43. astute
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    Astute 16
  44. atrocity
    an act of shocking cruelty
    Atrocity 16
  45. audacity
    aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery
    Audacity 16
  46. authoritative
    of recognized power or excellence
    Authoritative 16
  47. banal
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    Banal 16
  48. banish
    expel, as if by official decree
    Banish 16
  49. barrier
    a structure or object that impedes free movement
    Barrier 16
  50. beguile
    attract; cause to be enamored
    Beguile 16
  51. belligerence
    hostile or warlike attitude or nature
    Belligerence 16
  52. benefactor
    a person who helps people or institutions
    Benefactor 16
  53. beneficial
    promoting or enhancing well-being
    Beneficial 16
  54. benevolence
    disposition to do good
    Benevolence 16
  55. bewildered
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
    Bewildered 16
  56. bias
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
    Bias 17
  57. bile
    a digestive juice secreted by the liver
    Bile 17
  58. bliss
    a state of extreme happiness
    Bliss 17
  59. boisterous
    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    Boisterous 17
  60. botanist
    a biologist specializing in the study of plants
    Botanist 17
  61. bounty
    the property of copious abundance
    Bounty 17
  62. bravado
    a swaggering show of courage
    Bravado 17
  63. brevity
    the attribute of being short or fleeting
    Brevity 17
  64. burnish
    polish and make shiny
    Burnish 17
  65. cache
    a hidden storage space
    Cache 17
  66. cajole
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    Cajole 17
  67. camouflage
    an outward semblance misrepresenting the nature of something
    Camouflage 17
  68. candor
    the quality of being honest and straightforward
    Candor 17
  69. canine
    a dog or related mammal
    Canine 18
  70. cantankerous
    stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
    Cantankerous 18
  71. caprice
    a sudden desire
    Caprice 18
  72. cascade
    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
    Cascade 18
  73. catastrophe
    a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
    Catastrophe 18
  74. celestial
    relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven
    Celestial 18
  75. censor
    a person authorized to suppress unacceptable material
    Censor 18
  76. chasm
    a deep opening in the earth's surface
    Chasm 18
  77. choleric
    characterized by anger
    Choleric 18
  78. chronic
    long-lasting or characterized by long suffering
    Chronic 18
  79. circumscribe
    draw a geometric figure around another figure
    Circumscribe 18
  80. collision
    an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object
    Collision 18
  81. communicative
    able or tending to transmit a message
    Communicative 19
  82. compassion
    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
    Compassion 19
  83. compel
    force somebody to do something
    Compel 19
  84. competent
    properly or sufficiently qualified, capable, or efficient
    Competent 19
  85. concise
    expressing much in few words
    Concise 19
  86. condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
    Condone 19
  87. confidential
    given in secret
    Confidential 19
  88. contemplation
    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
    Contemplation 19
  89. contend
    compete for something
    Contend 19
  90. contentious
    showing an inclination to disagree
    Contentious 19
  91. convene
    meet formally
    Convene 19
  92. conventional
    following accepted customs and proprieties
    Conventional 19
  93. copious
    large in number or quantity
    Copious 19
  94. countenance
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    Countenance 20
  95. couplet
    a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse
    Couplet 20
  96. courier
    a person who carries a message
    Courier 20
  97. cue
    a reminder for some action or speech
    Cue 20
  98. dawdle
    hang or fall in movement, progress, development, etc.
    Dawdle 20
  99. deadlock
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    Deadlock 20
  100. dearth
    an insufficient quantity or number
    Dearth 20
  101. debris
    the remains of something that has been destroyed
    Debris 20
  102. decade
    a period of 10 years
    Decade 20
  103. deceive
    cause someone to believe an untruth
    Deceive 20
  104. deficient
    inadequate in amount or degree
    Deficient 20
  105. dehydrate
    remove water from
    Dehydrate 21
  106. delude
    be dishonest with
    Delude 21
  107. deluge
    a heavy rain
    Deluge 21
  108. deplore
    express strong disapproval of
    Deplore 21
  109. desolation
    sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
    Desolation 21
  110. despicable
    morally reprehensible
    Despicable 21
  111. despondent
    without or almost without hope
    Despondent 21
  112. destitute
    poor enough to need help from others
    Destitute 21
  113. devastate
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    Devastate 21
  114. devotee
    an ardent follower and admirer
    Devotee 21
  115. devour
    eat immoderately
    Devour 21
  116. dexterity
    adroitness in using the hands
    Dexterity 21
  117. diminish
    decrease in size, extent, or range
    Diminish 22
  118. din
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    Din 22
  119. dingy
    thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
    Dingy 22
  120. diplomatic
    relating to negotiation between nations
    Diplomatic 22
  121. disclaim
    make a disavowal about
    Disclaim 22
  122. discursive
    tending to cover a wide range of subjects
    Discursive 22
  123. dismal
    causing dejection
    Dismal 22
  124. dispute
    the act of coming into conflict
    Dispute 22
  125. disseminate
    cause to become widely known
    Disseminate 22
  126. divert
    turn aside; turn away from
    Divert 22
  127. doff
    remove
    Doff 22
  128. dogged
    stubbornly unyielding
    Dogged 22
  129. dogmatic
    pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
    Dogmatic 22
  130. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
    Ebullient 23
  131. eccentric
    conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
    Eccentric 23
  132. ecstatic
    feeling great rapture or delight
    Ecstatic 23
  133. eddy
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind
    Eddy 23
  134. effect
    a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
    Effect 23
  135. elusive
    skillful at evading capture
    Elusive 23
  136. embellish
    make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
    Embellish 23
  137. eminent
    standing above others in quality or position
    Eminent 23
  138. emulate
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
    Emulate 23
  139. enact
    order by virtue of superior authority; decree
    Enact 23
  140. encompass
    include in scope
    Encompass 23
  141. endorse
    approve of
    Endorse 23
  142. enigma
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    Enigma 23
  143. enigmatic
    not clear to the understanding
    Enigmatic 24
  144. entice
    provoke someone to do something through persuasion
    Entice 24
  145. entourage
    the group following and attending to some important person
    Entourage 24
  146. era
    a period marked by distinctive character
    Era 24
  147. err
    make a mistake
    Err 24
  148. erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
    Erudite 24
  149. essential
    basic and fundamental
    Essential 24
  150. etiquette
    rules governing socially acceptable behavior
    Etiquette 24
  151. evacuate
    move out of an unsafe location into safety
    Evacuate 24
  152. exotic
    characteristic of another place or part of the world
    Exotic 24
  153. expand
    extend in one or more directions
    Expand 24
  154. expunge
    remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    Expunge 24
  155. extraction
    taking out something
    Extraction 24
  156. extricate
    release from entanglement or difficulty
    Extricate 25
  157. extroverted
    at ease in talking to others
    Extroverted 25
  158. fanatic
    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm
    Fanatic 25
  159. fatal
    bringing death
    Fatal 25
  160. fatigue
    temporary loss of strength and energy from hard work
    Fatigue 25
  161. fauna
    all the animal life in a particular region or period
    Fauna 25
  162. felicity
    pleasing and appropriate manner or style
    Felicity 25
  163. ferocious
    marked by extreme and violent energy
    Ferocious 25
  164. fervent
    characterized by intense emotion
    Fervent 25
  165. fickle
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
    Fickle 25
  166. fidelity
    the quality of being faithful
    Fidelity 25
  167. finale
    the closing section of a musical composition
    Finale 25
  168. flagrant
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    Flagrant 25
  169. garrulous
    full of trivial conversation
    Garrulous 25
  170. germinate
    sprout; produce buds or branches
    Germinate 26
  171. glee
    great merriment
    Glee 26
  172. glib
    artfully persuasive in speech
    Glib 26
  173. gregarious
    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
    Gregarious 26
  174. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size
    Grotesque 26
  175. grovel
    show submission or fear
    Grovel 26
  176. gruesome
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    Gruesome 26
  177. hallowed
    worthy of religious veneration
    Hallowed 26
  178. harbinger
    something indicating the approach of something or someone
    Harbinger 26
  179. harsh
    disagreeable to the senses
    Harsh 26
  180. hasty
    excessively quick
    Hasty 26
  181. herbivorous
    feeding only on plants
    Herbivorous 26
  182. heterogeneous
    consisting of elements not of the same kind or nature
    Heterogeneous 26
  183. hexagon
    a six-sided polygon
    Hexagon 27
  184. hibernate
    be in an inactive or dormant state
    Hibernate 27
  185. hive
    a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees
    Hive 27
  186. hovel
    small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    Hovel 27
  187. humid
    containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor
    Humid 27
  188. ignite
    cause to start burning
    Ignite 27
  189. illiteracy
    an inability to read
    Illiteracy 27
  190. immaculate
    completely neat and clean
    Immaculate 27
  191. imminent
    close in time; about to occur
    Imminent 27
  192. immortal
    not subject to death
    Immortal 27
  193. impasse
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    Impasse 27
  194. impervious
    not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
    Impervious 27
    impious 27
  195. impious
    lacking piety or reverence for a god
    Impervious 27
    impious 27
  196. imply
    express or state indirectly
    Imply 28
  197. inadvertent
    happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
    Inadvertent 28
  198. incentive
    a positive motivational influence
    Incentive 28
  199. incredulous
    not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
    Incredulous 28
  200. indicate
    designate a place, direction, person, or thing
    Indicate 28
  201. inert
    unable to move or resist motion
    Inert 28
  202. infectious
    relating to the invasion of germs that cause disease
    Infectious 28
  203. ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
    Ingenious 28
  204. ingenuity
    the power of creative imagination
    Ingenuity 28
  205. inhabit
    live in; be a resident of
    Inhabit 28
  206. innate
    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary
    Innate 28
  207. innocent
    free from sin
    Innocent 28
  208. insinuation
    an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
    Insinuation 28
  209. insomnia
    an inability to sleep
    Insomnia 28
  210. insurgent
    in opposition to a civil authority or government
    Insurgent 29
  211. irate
    feeling or showing extreme anger
    Irate 29
  212. jeer
    laugh at with contempt and derision
    Jeer 29
  213. jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
    Jubilant 29
  214. judicious
    marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters
    Judicious 29
  215. kinetic
    relating to the motion of material bodies and their forces
    Kinetic 29
  216. lagoon
    a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef
    Lagoon 29
  217. lenient
    tolerant
    Lenient 29
  218. lethargy
    inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
    Lethargy 29
  219. limber
    easily bent
    Limber 29
  220. lunge
    the act of moving forward suddenly
    Lunge 29
  221. magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
    Magnanimous 29
  222. malfunction
    fail to work properly
    Malfunction 29
  223. malleable
    capable of being shaped or bent
    Malleable 29
  224. mar
    render imperfect
    Mar 30
  225. marvel
    be amazed at
    Marvel 30
  226. meager
    deficient in amount or quality or extent
    Meager 30
  227. meek
    humble in spirit or manner
    Meek 30
  228. melancholy
    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
    Melancholy 30
  229. mimic
    imitate, especially for satirical effect
    Mimic 30
  230. minuscule
    very small
    Minuscule 30
  231. mourn
    feel sadness
    Mourn 30
  232. murky
    clouded as with sediment
    Murky 30
  233. nauseous
    causing a sick feeling
    Nauseous 30
  234. nebulous
    lacking definite form or limits
    Nebulous 30
  235. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
    Nimble 30
  236. nomad
    a member of a people who have no permanent home
    Nomad 31
  237. obese
    excessively fat
    Obese 31
  238. obnoxious
    causing disapproval or protest
    Obnoxious 31
  239. obscure
    not clearly understood or expressed
    Obscure 31
  240. observation
    the act of taking a patient look
    Observation 31
  241. obsolete
    no longer in use
    Obsolete 31
  242. obstinate
    marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    Obstinate 31
  243. obstruct
    block passage through
    Obstruct 31
  244. obtuse
    of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees
    Obtuse 31
  245. olfactory
    of or relating to the sense of smell
    Olfactory 31
  246. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
    Ominous 31
  247. opportune
    suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
    Opportune 31
  248. option
    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
    Option 31
  249. orbit
    the path of a celestial body in its revolution about another
    Orbit 32
  250. ostentatious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
    Ostentatious 32
  251. palatable
    acceptable to the taste or mind
    Palatable 32
  252. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
    Paradox 32
  253. passive
    lacking in energy or will
    Passive 32
  254. peddle
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
    Peddle 32
  255. pedestrian
    a person who travels by foot
    Pedestrian 32
  256. perjury
    criminal offense of making false statements under oath
    Perjury 32
  257. persevere
    be persistent, refuse to stop
    Persevere 32
  258. petrify
    change into stone
    Petrify 32
  259. pious
    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
    Pious 32
  260. plagiarism
    taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
    Plagiarism 32
  261. plausible
    apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful
    Plausible 32
  262. pompous
    puffed up with vanity
    Pompous 33
  263. procrastinate
    postpone doing what one should be doing
    Procrastinate 33
  264. profound
    situated at or extending to great depth
    Profound 33
  265. prolific
    intellectually productive
    Prolific 33
  266. propel
    cause to move forward with force
    Propel 33
  267. prophesy
    predict or reveal, as if through divine inspiration
    Prophesy 33
  268. pungent
    strong and sharp to the sense of taste
    Pungent 33
  269. pursue
    follow in an effort to capture
    Pursue 33
  270. quell
    suppress or crush completely
    Quell 33
  271. quench
    satisfy, as thirst
    Quench 33
  272. rabid
    marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea
    Rabid 33
  273. rancor
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
    Rancor 33
  274. random
    lacking any definite plan or order or purpose
    Random 33
  275. ransack
    search thoroughly
    Ransack 34
  276. ratify
    approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
    Ratify 34
  277. ravenous
    extremely hungry
    Ravenous 34
  278. raze
    tear down so as to make flat with the ground
    Raze 34
  279. recluse
    one who lives in solitude
    Recluse 34
  280. recur
    happen or occur again
    Recur 34
  281. refrain
    resist doing something
    Refrain 34
  282. regal
    belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
    Regal 34
  283. reign
    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
    Reign 34
  284. reimburse
    pay back for some expense incurred
    Reimburse 34
  285. reinforce
    strengthen and support with rewards
    Reinforce 34
  286. reminiscence
    a mental impression retained and recalled from the past
    Reminiscence 34
  287. renowned
    widely known and esteemed
    Renowned 35
  288. repartee
    adroitness and cleverness in reply
    Repartee 35
  289. repudiate
    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
    Repudiate 35
  290. repugnant
    offensive to the mind
    Repugnant 35
  291. residue
    matter that remains after something has been removed
    Residue 35
  292. reveal
    make visible
    Reveal 35
  293. revel
    take delight in
    Revel 35
  294. rout
    an overwhelming defeat
    Rout 35
  295. satellite
    any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
    Satellite 35
  296. saturate
    infuse or fill completely
    Saturate 35
  297. saucy
    improperly forward or bold
    Saucy 35
  298. scald
    burn with a hot liquid or steam
    Scald 35
  299. scarce
    deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
    Scarce 35
  300. scathing
    marked by harshly abusive criticism
    Scathing 36
  301. schism
    division of a group into opposing factions
    Schism 36
  302. scrupulous
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
    Scrupulous 36
  303. secure
    free from danger or risk
    Secure 36
  304. seethe
    foam as if boiling
    Seethe 36
  305. sentry
    a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
    Sentry 36
  306. sequel
    something that follows something else
    Sequel 36
  307. shrewd
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    Shrewd 36
  308. sinister
    wicked, evil, or dishonorable
    Sinister 36
  309. slack
    not tense or taut
    Slack 36
  310. solicit
    request urgently or persistently
    Solicit 36
  311. splice
    join the ends of
    Splice 36
  312. spurn
    reject with contempt
    Spurn 36
  313. squalid
    foul and run-down and repulsive
    Squalid 36
  314. squander
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    Squander 37
  315. staunch
    firm and dependable especially in loyalty
    Staunch 37
  316. stealthy
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
    Stealthy 37
  317. subdue
    put down by force or intimidation
    Subdue 37
  318. succeed
    attain success or reach a desired goal
    Succeed 37
  319. succumb
    consent reluctantly
    Succumb 37
  320. suffice
    be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    Suffice 37
  321. summit
    the top or extreme point of something
    Summit 37
  322. superb
    surpassingly good
    Superb 37
  323. suppress
    put down by force or authority
    Suppress 37
    surfeit 37
  324. surmise
    infer from incomplete evidence
    Surmise 37
  325. surrogate
    someone or something that takes the place of another
    Surrogate 37
  326. susceptible
    yielding readily to or capable of
    Susceptible 37
  327. synopsis
    a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument
    Synopsis 38
  328. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    Taciturn 38
  329. tactful
    having a sense of what is considerate in dealing with others
    Tactful 38
  330. tamper
    alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
    Tamper 38
  331. tangible
    perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
    Tangible 38
  332. taut
    pulled or drawn tight
    Taut 38
  333. temperate
    not extreme
    Temperate 38
  334. tenacious
    stubbornly unyielding
    Tenacious 38
  335. tepid
    moderately warm
    Tepid 38
  336. terminate
    bring to an end or halt
    Terminate 38
  337. terse
    brief and to the point
    Terse 38
  338. tether
    restraint consisting of a rope or chain
    Tether 38
  339. torrid
    characterized by intense emotion
    Torrid 39
  340. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
    Trepidation 39
  341. trite
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    Trite 39
  342. tumult
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    Tumult 39
  343. tyranny
    government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
    Tyranny 39
  344. ultimate
    furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme
    Ultimate 39
  345. unanimous
    in complete agreement
    Unanimous 39
  346. unkempt
    not properly maintained or cared for
    Unkempt 39
  347. usurp
    seize and take control without authority
    Usurp 39
  348. vacate
    leave behind empty; move out of
    Vacate 39
  349. vacuous
    devoid of matter
    Vacuous 39
  350. vague
    lacking clarity or distinctness
    Vague 39
  351. vehement
    marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
    Vehement 39
  352. vend
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
    Vend 39
  353. vex
    disturb, especially by minor irritations
    Vex 40
  354. vitalize
    make more lively or vigorous
    Vitalize 40
  355. vivacious
    vigorous and animated
    Vivacious 40
  356. wrath
    intense anger
    Wrath 40
  357. wretched
    deserving or inciting pity
    Wretched 40
  358. writhe
    move in a twisting or contorted motion
    Writhe 40
  359. zealous
    marked by active interest and enthusiasm
    Zealous 40

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.