GMAT Ess. 1 – 100 Words

aver

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

hack

chop or cut away

empirical

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

roll

move by turning over or rotating

render

give or supply

retard

cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate

enhance

increase

moderation

the quality of avoiding extremes

flop

fall loosely

affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

crush

compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

indigenous

originating where it is found

elaborate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

pine

a coniferous tree

massacre

the savage and excessive killing of many people

volatile

liable to lead to sudden change or violence

obtain

come into possession of

facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

renowned

widely known and esteemed

inferno

a very intense and uncontrolled fire

plea

a humble request for help from someone in authority

resolution

a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

diffuse

spread out; not concentrated in one place

august

profoundly honored

rant

talk at length in a noisy, excited, or angry manner

nexus

the means of connection between things linked in series

scent

any property detected by the olfactory system

avid

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

lumber

the wood of trees prepared for use as building material

eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

efficacy

capacity or power to produce a desired result

gorge

a deep ravine, usually with a river running through it

consume

take in as food

compliant

disposed to act in accordance with someone’s wishes

foster

providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties

qualified

meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task

fleet

group of aircraft operating under the same ownership

redeem

exchange or buy back for money; under threat

lien

the right to take and hold the property of a debtor

clientele

customers collectively

plunge

dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

legacy

a gift of personal property by will

refine

reduce to a pure state

itinerary

an established line of travel or access

fragile

easily broken or damaged or destroyed

rave

talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

endorse

approve of

flag

a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design

grave

a place for the burial of a corpse

jabber

talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

garner

assemble or get together

pinch

squeeze tightly between the fingers

derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

paradigm

a standard or typical example

aggregate

a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together

console

give moral or emotional strength to

odor

any property detected by the sense of smell

ford

cross a river where it’s shallow

knit

make by needlework with interlacing yarn

maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

eddy

a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind

enzyme

a complex protein produced by cells that acts as a catalyst

alchemy

a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

curriculum

an integrated course of academic studies

prone

having a tendency

aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

provisional

under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

concord

a harmonious state of things and of their properties

document

a representation of a person’s thinking with symbolic marks

catalyst

substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction

enigma

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

hollow

not solid; having a space or gap or cavity

forge

create by hammering

breach

an opening, especially a gap in a dike or fortification

plaque

a memorial made of brass

inclined

at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position

fringe

an ornamental border of short lengths of hanging threads

hush

become quiet or still; fall silent

deter

turn away from by persuasion

apt

being of striking pertinence

conviction

an unshakable belief in something without need for proof

exploit

use or manipulate to one’s advantage

patron

someone who supports or champions something

premature

too soon or too hasty

dwarf

a person who is markedly small

sanity

normal or sound powers of mind

pied

having sections or patches colored differently and brightly

equilibrium

a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

profound

situated at or extending to great depth

appropriate

suitable for a particular person, place, or situation

facilitate

make easier

pest

a persistently annoying person

puissance

power to influence or coerce

interim

the time between one event, process, or period and another

resort

have recourse to

paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

foil

hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire

fidelity

the quality of being faithful

combustion

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