GMAT idioms – 21 Words

idiom

expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words

He said that this mirrors the anxieties that inform policing strategies in traditionally black areas.The New Yorker (Jun 9, 2015)
aggravate

make worse

He followed it up a year later with Dracula, also with Cushing, who appeared as the vampire’s arch foe Abraham van Helsing.BBC (Jun 11, 2015)
aggravating

making worse

known

apprehended with certainty

loss

the act of losing someone or something

mandate

a document giving an official instruction or command

native

belonging to one by birth

range

a variety of different things or activities

ranging

wandering freely

rise

move upward

raise

move upwards

fleet

group of aircraft operating under the same ownership

citrus

a tropical tree cultivated for its juicy edible fruits

contest

a struggle between rivals

hotly

in a heated manner

designate

design or destine

proliferation

a rapid increase in number

string

a lightweight cord

rates

a local tax on property (usually used in the plural)

anxiety

a vague unpleasant emotion in anticipation of a misfortune

appear

come into sight or view
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