GMAT C – 147 Words

cache

a hidden storage space

calamitous

having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences

calcium

a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light

canary

any of several small Old World finches

canon

a collection of books accepted as holy scripture

canopy

a covering (usually of cloth) that shelters an area

capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

captious

tending to find and call attention to faults

captivate

attract; cause to be enamored

caricature

a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect

carol

a joyful song

cascade

a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls

catalyst

substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction

cater

give what is desired or needed

caterpillar

a wormlike and often hairy larva of a moth or butterfly

celestial

relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

centrifugal

tending to move away from a center

cessation

a stopping

chameleon

lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color

charity

an institution set up to provide help to the needy

charter

a document creating an institution and specifying its rights

choreography

a show involving artistic dancing

chromosome

a threadlike strand of DNA that carries genes

cinder

a fragment of incombustible matter left after a fire

circumscribe

draw a geometric figure around another figure

circumspect

careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk

circumvent

surround so as to force to give up

clam

burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud

clandestine

conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

clientele

customers collectively

cluster

a grouping of a number of similar things

coalesce

fuse or cause to come together

coalition

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

coherent

marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts

collateral

accompanying; following as a consequence

combustion

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

compact

closely and firmly united or packed together

compatible

able to exist and perform in harmonious combination

compensate

make amends for

compile

get or gather together

complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

compliance

the act of submitting, usually surrendering power to another

comply

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

compulsory

required by rule

concerto

a composition for orchestra and a soloist

concession

the act of yielding

concurrent

occurring or operating at the same time

configuration

an arrangement of parts or elements

confront

oppose, as in hostility or a competition

congenial

suitable to your needs

congestion

excessive crowding

conglomerate

collect or gather

congregation

the act of assembling

congruent

corresponding in character or kind

connive

form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

conspiracy

a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act

constellation

a configuration of stars as seen from the earth

contagious

capable of being transmitted by infection

contemplate

think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

contentious

showing an inclination to disagree

contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

contingency

the state of being dependent on something

contingent

determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

convalescence

gradual healing through rest after sickness or injury

conversion

the act of changing from one use or function to another

convert

change the nature, purpose, or function of something

conviction

an unshakable belief in something without need for proof

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

corny

dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance

corpulence

the property of excessive fatness

corroborate

give evidence for

cosmic

pertaining to or characteristic of the universe

counterfeit

not genuine; imitating something superior

coy

affectedly shy especially in a playful or provocative way

cramp

a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

crater

a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

credence

the mental attitude that something is believable

crumple

gather something into small wrinkles or folds

crusade

a series of actions tending toward a particular end

cult

a system of religious beliefs and rituals

cumbersome

difficult to handle or use because of size or weight

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

curb

the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

cytology

the branch of biology that studies the structure and function of cells

cabin

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

canvas

a heavy, closely woven fabric

capture

seize as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

cathedral

the principal Christian church building of a diocese

chamber

a natural or artificial enclosed space

circumference

the length of the closed curve of a circle

civil

of or occurring between or among citizens of the state

clarify

make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating

commission

the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

complex

complicated in structure

conceal

prevent from being seen or discovered

concrete

capable of being perceived by the senses

condense

cause a gas or vapor to change into a liquid

contemporary

occurring in the same period of time

coordinate

of equal importance, rank, or degree

corridor

an enclosed passageway

crack

a narrow opening

cube

a three-dimensional figure with six equal squares as faces

catalogue

a complete list of things, usually arranged systematically

chord

a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously

circulation

the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels

collaborate

work together on a common enterprise or project

commonplace

completely ordinary and unremarkable

compensation

the act of making amends for service or loss or injury

complement

something added to embellish or make perfect

comprehend

get the meaning of something

conform

be similar, be in line with

constraint

the state of being physically limited

context

the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation

cylinder

a surface generated by rotating a line around a fixed line

casualty

someone injured or killed in an accident

census

a periodic count of the population

chronic

long-lasting or characterized by long suffering

consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

cue

a reminder for some action or speech

curriculum

an integrated course of academic studies

chant

a repetitive song in which syllables are assigned to a tone

chronicle

a record or narrative description of past events

clog

any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction

complementary

acting as a part that completes another part

condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

curtail

terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end

carbohydrate

an essential component of living cells and source of energy

ceramic

an artifact made of clay baked at a high temperature

chisel

an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge

chronology

an arrangement of events in time

civic

of or relating or belonging to a city

cocaine

a narcotic extracted from coca leaves

cognitive

relating to or involving the mental process of knowing

comet

a small frozen mass that travels around the sun

courier

a person who carries a message

culminate

end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

carcinogen

any substance that produces cancer

caries

soft decayed area in a tooth

char

burn to charcoal

cholesterol

a substance in the blood that can cause heart disease

circadian

having or relating to 24-hour cycles

clone

a genetically identical organism derived from a single cell

coronary

surrounding the heart like a crown

cortex

the tissue forming the outer layer of an organ or structure in plant or animal
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