Here are 50 terms to help you ace the GRE and expand your vocabularies!

Numerous freshmen each year study for the GRE, the most popular standardised test. Sixty-six percent of American students take this prestigious test, second only to the eleven percent of Indian students who take it. The GMAT is a standardised test given to prospective candidates at business schools throughout the world to evaluate their verbal, numerical, and analytical writing skills.

The Verbal Reasoning element of the GRE is, together with the Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections, a crucial part of the overall test. Reading regularly, such as from books and newspapers, might help students prepare for the GRE Verbal Reasoning section. Besides, making a list of words and their definitions is a fantastic method for expanding your vocabulary.

Here are 50 great terms with definitions to add to your GRE vocabulary list if you need some inspiration.

Set 1

To abhor is to feel strong hatred or revulsion toward.
To amalgamate is to bring together, or merge, two or more separate entities.
The ability to make sound decisions quickly and accurately; perceptiveness; swiftness of mind.
To bolster is to strengthen or support in an active way.
High-sounding and inflated; a bombastic adjective.
Variety show known as “burlesque.”
An impulsive yearning; a caprice.
Having a chemical effect that is destructive or corrosive; hence, caustic.
To castrate someone is to verbally insult or reprimand them.
Disingenuous – To not be sincere or forthright.
Docile – Ready to accept direction or control.
Dote means to love someone unconditionally and deeply.
An emissary is a person who has been dispatched to act on behalf of another.
The term “emollient” refers to a chemical that, when administered topically, relieves discomfort.
The word “enervate” means to sap strength from someone’s character, intellect, or body.
To flail is to struggle fruitlessly or flounder.
The term “forage” refers to the act of searching in a broad area for food and supplies.
A fortunate turn of events; a fortuitous occurrence.
To run or play loudly is to gambol.
Gastronome: one who seeks pleasure through food (this is a great word to add to your GRE word list because it has shown up on papers)!
Gelid means “freezing cold.”
A harangue is a passionate outburst or speech.
If one social group is dominant over others, this is called hegemony.
To have a hairy covering; to be hirsute.
Idiosyncrasy is a person’s unique pattern of conduct.

Set 2

To act without thinking things through first is to be impetuous.
Not fitting together well; not being in sync with one another; not being a good fit.
A jaunt is a trip taken with the purpose of having fun.
To put in jeopardy is to put in danger or to threaten.
Jocose means full of joy and laughter.
Kinetic: Having to do with the motion and force of material bodies.
A knave is a dishonest and untrustworthy person.
Kismet means “fortune” or “fate” in Turkish.
To lacerate means to shred or cut in an erratic manner.
Having a sleepy, indolent attitude toward activity.
Having no life or energy; listless.
The action of grinding and biting with the teeth is called mastication.
Definition of Maverick – Displaying Individuality in Thought and Behavior.
The inability to express one’s thoughts clearly and candidly; one who is meek.
Having no clear boundaries or shape.
Nautical: Concerning seafaring and boats (adding this word to your GRE word list can prepare you for passage-based questions).
Nepotism refers to the practise of giving preferred treatment to close relatives and friends of powerful people.
To seek approval through excessive gushing of praise and flattery; to be obsequious.
Definition of odious: causing great distress or revulsion.
Putting out an offensive odour; odoriferous.
To be proper or right is an attribute of properness.
Philanthropy is the voluntary pursuit of others’ well-being.
To prevaricate is to avoid immediately answering a question and so to avoid stating the truth.
Quixotic means being irrational or unrealistic in one’s approach to real-world problems.
To remain unwavering in one’s resolve or determination.

Here are three strategies to increase your vocabulary for the GRE:

While adding these meaning-laden, challenging terms to your word list is a terrific method to broaden your vocabulary, it can be tough to maintain attention.

1) Prioritize words on the GRE test

Taking practise tests and old GRE exams is a great approach to be ready for the Verbal Reasoning part. You should add new words to your GRE word list as you learn them and study for the exam. Additionally, you should expect to see previously tested GRE vocabulary again.

Preparing flashcards is the second step.

Create a set of six flashcards and study them whenever you can. You can use the flashcards to study and improve your memory and vocabulary while waiting in line at the grocery store or on the bus back home.

Third, consult the dictionary often.

Be familiar with dictionaries and how to use them to discover the meanings of unfamiliar terms. Keep in mind that the GRE not only evaluates primary definitions, but also often assesses secondary ones! For this reason, before putting the dictionary away, make sure you have read all of the definitions of the word you are interested in.

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