GMAT LIST 1-10 – 127 Words

abdicate

give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors

acclaim

enthusiastic approval

accompaniment

a musical part that supports other musical parts

advent

arrival that has been awaited

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

avidly

in a zealous manner

barb

a point facing the main point making an arrowhead or spear

bellow

make a loud noise, as of an animal

benevolence

disposition to do good

bestow

give as a gift

bicker

argue over petty things

bifurcation

a separation into two branches

bisect

cut in half or cut in two

bland

lacking taste or flavor or tang

blot

a blemish made by dirt

bluntly

in a blunt direct manner

bolster

support and strengthen

bona fide

not counterfeit or copied

boomerang

a curved piece of wood

bourgeois

being of the property-owning class

bower

a framework that supports climbing plants

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

bulge

swell or protrude outwards

buoyant

tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas

burrow

a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

buttress

a support usually of stone or brick

calefaction

the property of being warming

calf

young of domestic cattle

calligraphic

of or relating to or expressed in calligraphy

canary

any of several small Old World finches

canopy

a covering (usually of cloth) that shelters an area

carcinogen

any substance that produces cancer

carnivore

a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal

categorical

relating to or included in a class or classes

cater

give what is desired or needed

celestial

relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

chaise

a carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top

cholesterol

a substance in the blood that can cause heart disease

chore

a specific piece of work required to be done

choreographer

someone who creates new dances

circumvent

surround so as to force to give up

civic

of or relating or belonging to a city

clandestine

conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

cling

hold on tightly or tenaciously

clot

a lump of material formed from the content of a liquid

clump

a grouping of a number of similar things

coalition

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

collinear

lying on the same line

colossal

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

commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

commonplace

completely ordinary and unremarkable

compatible

able to exist and perform in harmonious combination

compile

get or gather together

complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

comprise

be composed of

compromise

an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

compulsory

required by rule

conceal

prevent from being seen or discovered

conceive

have the idea for

confederation

the state of being allied

confer

present

confess

admit to a wrongdoing

conform

be similar, be in line with

congenial

suitable to your needs

congested

overfull as with blood

congestion

excessive crowding

conglomerate

collect or gather

congregation

the act of assembling

connotation

an idea that is implied or suggested

conscience

motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles

conscription

compulsory military service

consecutive

one after the other

consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

consortium

a cooperative association among institutions or companies

conspire

act in agreement and in secret towards a deceitful purpose

constellation

a configuration of stars as seen from the earth

contemplate

think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

contraband

distributed or sold illicitly

convection

transfer of heat caused by molecular motion in liquid or gas

conversion

the act of changing from one use or function to another

conviction

an unshakable belief in something without need for proof

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

coral

a very small ocean creature that often forms reefs

cork

outer bark of the cork oak

corral

a pen for cattle

correspond

take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to

corroborate

give evidence for

cortex

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

cosmetic

serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

countervail

oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

courier

a person who carries a message

courtesy

a considerate and respectful manner

cramped

constricted in size

cranium

the part of the skull that encloses the brain

crass

so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination

crate

a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping

credence

the mental attitude that something is believable

crest

the top or extreme point of something

crossbred

bred from parents of different varieties or species

cryptic

having a secret or hidden meaning

cue

a reminder for some action or speech

culminate

end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

cultivate

adapt something wild to the environment

cumbersome

difficult to handle or use because of size or weight

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

cursorial

(of limbs and feet) adapted for running

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

debilitate

make weak

debris

the remains of something that has been destroyed

debunk

expose while ridiculing

decimate

kill in large numbers

declension

the inflection of nouns and pronouns and adjectives in Indo-European languages

decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste

deduce

reason from the general to the particular

deem

judge or regard in a particular way

deferential

showing courteous regard for people’s feelings

defiant

boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

deficiency

lack of an adequate quantity or number

deflect

turn from a straight course or fixed direction

deleterious

harmful to living things

delicacy

the quality of being exquisitely fine in appearance

delicate

developed with extreme subtlety

delineate

represented accurately or precisely

delinquent

a young offender
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