The SAT: Multiple-Meaning Words, List 1

Context is king — that’s the lesson you need to internalize as you begin preparing for the vocabulary questions on the SAT. We have identified this pool of 200 words that cut across the disciplines and lend themselves well to context-dependent interpretation. As you learn this list on, you will have to rely on context clues in order to determine each word’s meaning in particular sentences. This is the same type of thinking you will need to develop in order to succeed on the SAT!

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  1. raise
    move upwards
  2. support
    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
  3. release
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
  4. sound
    mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium
  5. delivery
    voluntary transfer of something from one party to another
  6. figure
    the form or shape of a person's body
  7. trace
    an indication that something has been present
  8. base
    lowest support of a structure
  9. casual
    without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand
  10. dull
    so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
  11. center
    an area that is in the middle of some larger region
  12. secure
    free from danger or risk
  13. settle
    become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
  14. level
    a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
  15. review
    look at again; examine again
  16. crash
    break violently or noisily
  17. discharge
    remove the unbalanced electricity from
  18. pitch
    the high or low quality of a sound
  19. bound
    confined by bonds
  20. lapse
    drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
  21. scratch
    cut, scrape, or wear away the surface of
  22. blast
    a sudden very loud noise
  23. render
    give or supply
  24. scale
    an ordered reference standard
  25. fresh
    recently made, produced, or harvested
Created on December 11, 2015 (updated June 24, 2021)

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