GMAT 4-6 – 271 Words

astounding

bewildering or striking dumb with wonder

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

atomization

separating something into fine particles

attain

gain with effort

detain

cause to be slowed down or delayed

attire

clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

auditorium

the area of a theater or hall where the audience sits

prevail

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

aviation

the art of operating aircraft

avocational

of or involved in an avocation

balmy

mild and pleasant

barge

a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads

barter

exchange goods without involving money

beak

horny projecting mouth of a bird

beam

a long thick piece of material used in construction

bequest

a gift of personal property by will

besiege

surround so as to force to give up

bestow

give as a gift

bleak

unpleasantly cold and damp

blossom

a flower or cluster of flowers on a plant

bluff

a high steep bank

blunt

not sharp (used of a knife or other blade)

bolster

support and strengthen

boon

something that is desirable, favorable, or beneficial

briny

slightly salty

brittle

having little elasticity

buggy

a small lightweight carriage

burdensome

not easily borne or endured; causing hardship

burgeon

grow and flourish

burrow

a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

bust

a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

bustle

move or cause to move energetically or busily

cactus

a succulent and often spiny plant native to arid regions

campaign

related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal

cannibalism

the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind

canopy

a covering (usually of cloth) that shelters an area

canyon

a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

gorge

a deep ravine, usually with a river running through it

carapace

hard outer covering or case of certain organisms

carve

engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface

cathedral

the principal Christian church building of a diocese

cavern

a large cave or a large chamber in a cave

cavity

a space that is enclosed or surrounded by something

cease

put an end to a state or an activity

celestial

relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

census

a periodic count of the population

chafe

become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

boom

a deep prolonged loud noise

boomerang

a curved piece of wood

boost

increase

booth

a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment

bounce

spring back; spring away from an impact

bound

confined by bonds

bounty

the property of copious abundance

boycott

refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization

brace

a support that steadies or strengthens something else

brass

an alloy of copper and zinc

brew

sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor

bring about

cause to happen, occur or exist

brochure

a small book usually having a paper cover

broker

a businessman who buys or sells for another

brokerage

the business of a broker

bronze

an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements

brutal

resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

budget

a summary of intended expenditures

buffer

protect from impact

bulge

swell or protrude outwards

bulk

the property possessed by a large mass

burden

weight to be borne or conveyed

bureau

an administrative unit of government

burglarize

enter and rob a dwelling

burrow

a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

buttress

a support usually of stone or brick

bygone

well in the past; former

bylaw

a rule adopted by an organization

cabin

a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area

cabinet

a storage compartment for clothes and valuables

caffeine

a stimulant found in coffee and tea

calculate

make a mathematical computation

calefaction

the property of being warming

calf

young of domestic cattle

calligraphic

of or relating to or expressed in calligraphy

campaign

related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal

candidate

someone who is considered for something

cannon

a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels

canopy

a covering (usually of cloth) that shelters an area

capacity

capability to perform or produce

capitalize

write in large alphabetic characters

capsule

a small container

captivate

attract; cause to be enamored

captive

a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

capture

seize as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

carbohydrate

an essential component of living cells and source of energy

carcass

the dead body of an animal

carcinogen

any substance that produces cancer

cardiac

of or relating to the heart

cardiovascular

of or pertaining to or involving the heart and blood vessels

cargo

goods carried by a large vehicle

carnivore

a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal

cartel

a consortium formed to limit commercial competition

cascade

a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls

caste

a hereditary social class among Hindus

casualty

someone injured or killed in an accident

cataclysmic

severely destructive

catalogue

a complete list of things, usually arranged systematically

catalyst

substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction

catastrophe

a sudden violent change in the earth’s surface

categorical

relating to or included in a class or classes

category

a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations

cater

give what is desired or needed

caterpillar

a wormlike and often hairy larva of a moth or butterfly

cathedral

the principal Christian church building of a diocese

catholic

comprehensive or broad-minded in tastes and interests

causative

producing an effect

cease

put an end to a state or an activity

celestial

relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

cellular

relating to cells

census

a periodic count of the population

central

in or near an inner area

ceramic

an artifact made of clay baked at a high temperature

cereal

grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat

certificate

a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

certify

provide evidence for

certitude

complete assurance or confidence

cessation

a stopping

chaise

a carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top

chalice

a bowl-shaped drinking vessel

chamber

a natural or artificial enclosed space

character

a property that defines the individual nature of something

characterization

the act of describing essential features

charity

an institution set up to provide help to the needy

chart

a visual display of information

charter

a document creating an institution and specifying its rights

chatty

prone to friendly informal communication

chauvinism

fanatical patriotism

chip

a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

chord

a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously

chore

a specific piece of work required to be done

choreograph

compose a sequence of dance steps, often to music

chronicle

a record or narrative description of past events

circuit

a journey or route all the way around a place or area

circular

having a circular shape

circulate

move through a system and return to the starting point

circumference

the length of the closed curve of a circle

circumspect

careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk

circumvent

surround so as to force to give up

civic

of or relating or belonging to a city

claim

assert or affirm strongly

clan

group of people related by blood or marriage

clandestine

conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

clarify

make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating

clarity

the quality of being coherent and easily understood

classify

arrange or order by categories

clergy

the entire class of religious officials in Christianity

client

someone who pays for goods or services

cliff

a steep high face of rock

cling

hold on tightly or tenaciously

clockwise

in the direction that the hands of a clock move

clog

any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction

clump

a grouping of a number of similar things

cluster

a grouping of a number of similar things

coalition

the union of diverse things into one body or form or group

coast

the shore of a sea or ocean

cocaine

a narcotic extracted from coca leaves

code

a set of rules or principles or laws

codify

organize into a system, such as a body of law

cognitive

relating to or involving the mental process of knowing

coherent

marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts

coinage

coins collectively

coincide

happen simultaneously

collaborate

work together on a common enterprise or project

collapse

break down, literally or metaphorically

collateral

accompanying; following as a consequence

collective

done by or characteristic of individuals acting together

collide

crash together with violent impact

collinear

lying on the same line

colossal

so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

combat

the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

combine

put or add together

combustion

a reaction of a substance with oxygen to give heat and light

comedian

a performer who tells jokes

comet

a small frozen mass that travels around the sun

commend

present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence

commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

comment

a statement that expresses a personal opinion

commission

the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

commit

engage in or perform

commodity

articles of commerce

commoner

a person who holds no title

commonplace

completely ordinary and unremarkable

communal

for or by a group rather than individuals

community

a group of people living in a particular local area

commute

a regular journey to and from your place of work

compact

closely and firmly united or packed together

companionate

like a companion

compassion

a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering

compatible

able to exist and perform in harmonious combination

compel

force somebody to do something

compensate

make amends for

competence

the quality of being adequately or well qualified

compile

get or gather together

complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

complainant

a person who brings an action in a court of law

complement

something added to embellish or make perfect

complex

complicated in structure

comply

act in accordance with someone’s rules, commands, or wishes

component

one of the individual parts making up a larger entity

compose

form the substance of

compound

a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

comprehend

get the meaning of something

compress

squeeze or press together

comprise

be composed of

compromise

an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

compulsory

required by rule

computation

the procedure of calculating

conceal

prevent from being seen or discovered

concede

give over

conceive

have the idea for

conceptual

being or characterized by ideas or their formation

concert

a performance of music by players or singers

concrete

capable of being perceived by the senses

concurrent

occurring or operating at the same time

condemn

express strong disapproval of

condense

cause a gas or vapor to change into a liquid

condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

condominium

housing complex in which each unit is individually owned

conduct

the way a person behaves toward other people

confederation

the state of being allied

confer

present

confess

admit to a wrongdoing

confidential

given in secret

configuration

an arrangement of parts or elements

confine

place limits on

confirm

strengthen

conform

be similar, be in line with

confront

oppose, as in hostility or a competition

Confucian

relating to Chinese philosophical teachings

congenial

suitable to your needs

congested

overfull as with blood

conglomerate

collect or gather

congregation

the act of assembling

Congress

the legislature of the United States government

conscience

motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles

conscription

compulsory military service

consecutive

one after the other

consent

give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

consequence

a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon

conservative

resistant to change

conserve

keep in safety and protect from harm, loss, or destruction

consistency

a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts

consortium

a cooperative association among institutions or companies

conspire

act in agreement and in secret towards a deceitful purpose

constant

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

constellation

a configuration of stars as seen from the earth

constituent

one of the individual parts making up a composite entity

constitute

form or compose

constraint

the state of being physically limited

constrict

squeeze or press together

consult

seek information from

consumption

the act of using something up

contaminate

make impure

contemplate

think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

contemporary

occurring in the same period of time

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

contend

compete for something

contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

contingent

determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

contraband

distributed or sold illicitly

contract

a binding agreement that is enforceable by law

contraction

the act of decreasing in size or volume or quantity or scope
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