SAT Vocabulary Words 1

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Approximately 5000 vocabulary words that should be memorized before taking the SAT. This lesson is broken into 26 parts.

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abase

abase (v)
To lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade.

abbess

abbess (n)
The lady superior of a nunnery.

abbey

abbey (n)
The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.

abbot

abbot (n)
The superior of a community of monks.

abdicate

abdicate (v)
To give up (royal power or the like).

abdomen

abdomen (n)
In mammals, the visceral cavity between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor; the belly.

abdominal

abdominal (n)
Of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen.

abduction

abduction (n)
A carrying away of a person against his will, or illegally.

abed

abed (adv)
In bed; on a bed.

aberration

aberration (n)
Deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.

abet

abet (v)
To aid, promote, or encourage the commission of (an offense).

abeyance

abeyance (n)
A state of suspension or temporary inaction.

abhorrence

abhorrence (n)
The act of detesting extremely.

abhorrent

abhorrent (adj)
Very repugnant; hateful.

abidance

abidance (n)
An abiding.

abject

abject (adj)
Sunk to a low condition.

abjure

abjure (v)
To recant, renounce, repudiate under oath.

able-bodied

able-bodied (adj)
Competent for physical service.

ablution

ablution (n)
A washing or cleansing, especially of the body.

abnegate

abnegate (v)
To renounce (a right or privilege).

abnormal

abnormal (adj)
Not conformed to the ordinary rule or standard.

abominable

abominable (adj)
Very hateful.

abominate

abominate (v)
To hate violently.

abomination

abomination (n)
A very detestable act or practice.

aboriginal

aboriginal (adj)
Primitive; unsophisticated.

aborigines

aborigines (n)
The original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.

aboveboard

aboveboard (adv/adj)
Without concealment, fraud, or trickery.

abrade

abrade (v)
To wear away the surface or some part of by friction.

abrasion

abrasion (n)
That which is rubbed off.

abridge

abridge (v)
To make shorter in words, keeping the essential features, leaning out minor particles.

abridgment

abridgment (n)
A condensed form as of a book or play.

abrogate

abrogate (v)
To abolish, repeal.

abrupt

abrupt (adj)
Beginning, ending, or changing suddenly or with a break.

abscess

abscess (n)
A Collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.

abscission

abscission (n)
The act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.

abscond

abscond (v)
To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest.

absence

absence (n)
The fact of not being present or available.

absent-minded

absent-minded (adj)
Lacking in attention to immediate surroundings or business.

absolution

absolution (n)
Forgiveness, or passing over of offenses.

absolve

absolve (v)
To free from sin or its penalties.

absorb

absorb (v)
To drink in or suck up, as a sponge absorbs water.

absorption

absorption (n)
The act or process of absorbing.

abstain

abstain (v)
To keep oneself back (from doing or using something).

abstemious

abstemious (adj)
Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.

abstinence

abstinence (n)
Self denial.

abstruse

abstruse (adj)
Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.

absurd

absurd (adj)
Inconsistent with reason or common sense.

abundant

abundant (adj)
Plentiful.

abusive

abusive (adj)
Employing harsh words or ill treatment.

abut

abut (v)
To touch at the end or boundary line.

abyss

abyss (n)
Bottomless gulf.

academic

academic (adj)
Of or pertaining to an academy, college, or university.

academician

academician (n)
A member of an academy of literature, art, or science.

academy

academy (n)
Any institution where the higher branches of learning are taught.

accede

accede (v)
To agree.

accelerate

accelerate (v)
To move faster.

accept

accept (v)
To take when offered.

access

access (n)
A way of approach or entrance; passage.

accessible

accessible (adj)
Approachable.

accession

accession (n)
Induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government.

accessory

accessory (n)
A person or thing that aids the principal agent.

acclaim

acclaim (v)
To utter with a shout.

accommodate

accommodate (v)
To furnish something as a kindness or favor.

accompaniment

accompaniment (n)
A subordinate part or parts, enriching or supporting the leading part.

accompanist

accompanist (n)
One who or that which accompanies.

accompany

accompany (v)
To go with, or be associated with, as a companion.

accomplice

accomplice (n)
An associate in wrong-doing.

accomplish

accomplish (v)
To bring to pass.

accordion

accordion (n)
A portable free-reed musical instrument.

accost

accost (v)
To speak to.

account

account (n)
A record or statement of receipts and expenditures, or of business transactions.

accouter

accouter (v)
To dress.

accredit

accredit (v)
To give credit or authority to.

accumulate

accumulate (v)
To become greater in quantity or number.

accuracy

accuracy (n)
Exactness.

accurate

accurate (adj)
Conforming exactly to truth or to a standard.

accursed

accursed (adj)
Doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.

accusation

accusation (n)
A charge of crime, misdemeanor, or error.

accusatory

accusatory (adj)
Of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.

accuse

accuse (v)
To charge with wrong doing, misconduct, or error.

accustom

accustom (v)
To make familiar by use.

acerbity

acerbity (n)
Sourness, with bitterness and astringency.

acetate

acetate (n)
A salt of acetic acid.

acetic

acetic (adj)
Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of vinegar.

ache

ache (v)
To be in pain or distress.

Achillean

Achillean (adj)
Invulnerable.

achromatic

achromatic (adj)
Colorless,

acid

acid (n)
A sour substance.

acidify

acidify (v)
To change into acid.

acknowledge

acknowledge (v)
To recognize; to admit the genuineness or validity of.

acknowledgment

acknowledgment (n)
Recognition.

acme

acme (n)
The highest point, or summit.

acoustic

acoustic (adj)
Pertaining to the act or sense of hearing.

acquaint

acquaint (v)
To make familiar or conversant.

acquiesce

acquiesce (v)
To comply; submit.

acquiescence

acquiescence (n)
Passive consent.

acquire

acquire (v)
To get as one's own.

acquisition

acquisition (n)
Anything gained, or made one's own, usually by effort or labor.

acquit

acquit (v)
To free or clear, as from accusation.

acquittal

acquittal (n)
A discharge from accusation by judicial action.

acquittance

acquittance (n)
Release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility.

acreage

acreage (n)
Quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land.

acrid

acrid (adj)
Harshly pungent or bitter.

acrimonious

acrimonious (adj)
Full of bitterness.

acrimony

acrimony (n)
Sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper.

actionable

actionable (adj)
Affording cause for instituting an action, as trespass, slanderous words.

actuality

actuality (n)
Any reality.

actuary

actuary (n)
An officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums.

actuate

actuate (v)
To move or incite to action.

acumen

acumen (n)
Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination.

acute

acute (adj)
Having fine and penetrating discernment.

adamant

adamant (n)
Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability.

addendum

addendum (n)
Something added, or to be added.

addle

addle (v)
To make inefficient or worthless; muddle.

adduce

adduce (v)
To bring forward or name for consideration.

adhere

adhere (v)
To stick fast or together.

adherence

adherence (n)
Attachment.

adherent

adherent (adj)
Clinging or sticking fast.

adhesion

adhesion (n)
The state of being attached or joined.

adjacency

adjacency (n)
The state of being adjacent.

adjacent

adjacent (n)
That which is near or bordering upon.

adjudge

adjudge (v)
To award or bestow by formal decision.

adjunct

adjunct (n)
Something joined to or connected with another thing, but holding a subordinate place.

adjuration

adjuration (n)
A vehement appeal.

adjutant

adjutant (adj)
Auxiliary.

administrator

administrator (n)
One who manages affairs of any kind.

admissible

admissible (adj)
Having the right or privilege of entry.

admittance

admittance (n)
Entrance, or the right or permission to enter.

admonish

admonish (v)
To warn of a fault.

admonition

admonition (n)
Gentle reproof.

ado

ado (n)
unnecessary activity or ceremony.

adoration

adoration (n)
Profound devotion.

adroit

adroit (adj)
Having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers.

adulterant

adulterant (n)
An adulterating substance.

adulterate

adulterate (v)
To make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients.

adumbrate

adumbrate (v)
To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.

advent

advent (n)
The coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage.

adverse

adverse (adj)
Opposing or opposed.

adversity

adversity (n)
Misfortune.

advert

advert (v)
To refer incidentally.

advertiser

advertiser (n)
One who advertises, especially in newspapers.

advisory

advisory (adj)
Not mandatory.

advocacy

advocacy (n)
The act of pleading a cause.

advocate

advocate (n)
One who pleads the cause of another, as in a legal or ecclesiastical court.

aerial

aerial (adj)
Of, pertaining to, or like the air.

aeronaut

aeronaut (n)
One who navigates the air, a balloonist.

aeronautics

aeronautics (n)
the art or practice of flying aircraft

aerostat

aerostat (n)
A balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air.

aerostatics

aerostatics (n)
The branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties.

affable

affable (adj)
Easy to approach.

affect

affect (v)
To act upon

affectation

affectation (n)
A studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt.

affiliate

affiliate (n)
Some auxiliary person or thing.

affirmative

affirmative (adj)
Answering yes; to a question at issue.

affix

affix (v)
To fasten.

affluence

affluence (n)
A profuse or abundant supply of riches.

affront

affront (n)
An open insult or indignity.

afire

afire (adv/adj)
On fire, literally or figuratively.

afoot

afoot (adv)
In progress.

aforesaid

aforesaid (adj)
Said in a preceding part or before.

afresh

afresh (adv)
Once more, after rest or interval.

afterthought

afterthought (n)
A thought that comes later than its appropriate or expected time.

agglomerate

agglomerate (v)
To pile or heap together.

aggrandize

aggrandize (v)
To cause to appear greatly.

aggravate

aggravate (v)
To make heavier, worse, or more burdensome.

aggravation

aggravation (n)
The fact of being made heavier or more heinous, as a crime , offense, misfortune, etc.

aggregate

aggregate (n)
The entire number, sum, mass, or quantity of something.

aggress

aggress (v)
To make the first attack.

aggression

aggression (n)
An unprovoked attack.

aggrieve

aggrieve (v)
To give grief or sorrow to.

aghast

aghast (adj)
Struck with terror and amazement.

agile

agile (adj)
Able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.

agitate

agitate (v)
To move or excite (the feelings or thoughts).

agrarian

agrarian (adj)
Pertaining to land, especially agricultural land.

aide-de-camp

aide-de-camp (n)
An officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general.

ailment

ailment (n)
Slight sickness.

airy

airy (adj)
Delicate, ethereal.

akin

akin (adj)
Of similar nature or qualities.

alabaster

alabaster (n)
A white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum.

alacrity

alacrity (n)
Cheerful willingness.

albino

albino (n)
A person with milky white skin and hair, and eyes with bright red pupil and usually pink iris.

album

album (n)
A book whose leaves are so made to form paper frames for holding photographs or the like.

alchemy

alchemy (n)
Chemistry of the middle ages, characterized by the pursuit of changing base metals to gold.

alcohol

alcohol (n)
A volatile, inflammable, colorless liquid of a penetrating odor and burning taste.

alcoholism

alcoholism (n)
A condition resulting from the inordinate or persistent use of alcoholic beverages.

alcove

alcove (n)
A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.

alder

alder (n)
Any shrub or small tree of the genus Alumnus, of the oak family.

alderman

alderman (n)
A member of a municipal legislative body, who usually exercises also certain judicial functions.

aldermanship

aldermanship (n)
The dignity, condition, office, or term of office of an alderman.

alias

alias (n)
An assumed name.

alien

alien (n)
One who owes allegiance to a foreign government.

alienable

alienable (adj)
Capable of being aliened or alienated, as lands.

alienate

alienate (v)
To cause to turn away.

alienation

alienation (n)
Estrangement.

aliment

aliment (n)
That which nourishes.

alkali

alkali (n)
Anything that will neutralize an acid, as lime, magnesia, etc.

allay

allay (v)
To calm the violence or reduce the intensity of; mitigate.

allege

allege (v)
To assert to be true, especially in a formal manner, as in court.

allegory

allegory (n)
The setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness.

alleviate

alleviate (v)
To make less burdensome or less hard to bear.

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