GMAT and GRE diagnostic – 52 Words

compete

engage in a contest or measure oneself against others

The use of audiovisual materials in foreign language teaching was one of the most importante innnovations in recent years.
chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment

Many consumer goods and other amenities from abroad are paid for in convertible pesos, keeping such comforts out of reach for many.
— New York Times (Feb 24, 2015)
The automatic washing machine is one of the amenities without which I cannot live.
innovation

the act of starting something for the first time

The Kardashians, or rather our public fascination with them, represents America’s apathy.
— Salon (Feb 24, 2015)

Many crime has gone unpunished because of the apathy of bystanders.
amenities

things that make you comfortable and at ease

Wearing his tem-gallon hat, the Texan has become the afluente of the American.
apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

Doing volunteer work at the hospital in not a very lucrative pastime.
vast

unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope

Mrs. Goligtly had cosmetic sugery and appears much rejuvenated.
affluent

having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

Contrary to stereotypes, most German parents I’ve met are the opposite of strict.
— Time (Feb 24, 2015)

Stereotype Middle Easterners have been buying some of England’s ancient estates.
lucrative

producing a sizeable profit

University police arrested two suspects shortly after the shooting but they were released after law enforcement realized they were bystanders fleeing the scene, James said.Reuters (Feb 24, 2015)
rejuvenate

make younger or more youthful

Presenting their art to the public – not just the teacher – can impart valuable insights, Smith said.Washington Times (Mar 18, 2015)
stereotype

a conventional or formulaic conception or image

At that moment, the orchestra began to play her offstage, and Mr. Harris arrived to yank the show back toward mirth.New York Times (Feb 23, 2015)
superficial

only concerned with what is apparent or obvious

These have the capability of making a neutral viewer feel elation and despair over the same game.US News (Mar 8, 2015)
acute

extremely sharp or intense

The case has gripped Silicon Valley, in part because of its lurid details.Reuters (Mar 5, 2015)
lenient

tolerant

Once it was open, he gingerly stepped toward the entrance, holding his breath as he walked in.Los Angeles Times (Mar 17, 2015)
consolidated

joined together into a whole

High unemployment and flailing economies have also depressed small towns.Time (Mar 9, 2015)
negate

make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

adopt

take into one’s family

adapt

make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

elicit

call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response

illicit

contrary to accepted morality or convention

explicit

precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

infer

conclude by reasoning

imply

express or state indirectly

ingenious

showing inventiveness and skill

ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

available

obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service

calculate

make a mathematical computation

demonstrate

give an exhibition of to an interested audience

detailed

developed with careful treatment of particulars

important

significant in effect or meaning

justifiably

with good reason

possible

capable of happening or existing

readily

without much difficulty

unemotional

unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion

feasible

capable of being done with means at hand

unequal

poorly balanced or matched in quantity or value or measure

rule

prescribed guide for conduct or action

ability

the quality of having the means or skills to do something

inaccurate

not exact

condition

a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

prevent

keep from happening or arising; make impossible

limitation

an act of restricting (as by regulation)

bystander

a spectator who does not participate in some event

impart

transmit, as knowledge or a skill

mirth

great merriment

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

elation

a feeling of joy and pride

scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

lurid

glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

gingerly

in a manner marked by extreme care or delicacy

flail

thrash about

compete

engage in a contest or measure oneself against others
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