GMAT Manhattan Review Vocabulary list Basic Level – 154 Words

accrue

grow by addition

acquit

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

acute

extremely sharp or intense

adrenal

relating to the glands near the kidney or their secretions

aftermath

the consequences of an event

aggravate

make worse

allow for

make a possibility or provide opportunity for

apportion

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

acrid

strong and sharp, as a taste or smell

assess

estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of

better off

in a more fortunate or prosperous condition

blackout

darkness resulting from the extinction of lights

bland

lacking taste or flavor or tang

blind spot

the point where the optic nerve enters the retina

brewery

a plant where beer is brewed by fermentation

bring about

cause to happen, occur or exist

bunch

a grouping of a number of similar things

bureaucrat

a nonelective government official

bust

search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

call for

express the need or desire for; ask for

canon

a collection of books accepted as holy scripture

captivate

attract; cause to be enamored

causality

the relation between reasons and effects

caviar

salted fish eggs eaten as a delicacy

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

chord

a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously

clam

burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud

cling to

hold firmly, usually with one’s hands

clog

any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction

clumsy

lacking grace in movement or posture

cobble

rectangular paving stone with curved top

codify

organize into a system, such as a body of law

coherent

marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts

coleslaw

a salad made with raw, shredded cabbage

comprehend

become aware of through the senses

conceal

prevent from being seen or discovered

confinement

the state of being enclosed

confront

oppose, as in hostility or a competition

congestion

excessive crowding

contemporary

occurring in the same period of time

conviction

an unshakable belief in something without need for proof

cornerstone

the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

cramped

constricted in size

crater

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

crest

the top or extreme point of something

crestfallen

brought low in spirit

crumple

gather something into small wrinkles or folds

crunch

a critical situation that arises because of a shortage

critique

a serious examination and judgment of something

crusade

a series of actions tending toward a particular end

culminate

reach the highest or most decisive point

curb

the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

defendant

someone against whom an action is brought in a court of law

defrost

make or become free of frost or ice

delta

a triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides

delinquent

a young offender

dialect

the usage or vocabulary characteristic of a group of people

elude

avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing

entail

impose, involve, or imply as a necessary result

encode

convert information into code

entice

provoke someone to do something through persuasion

entree

the principal dish of a meal

envision

imagine, conceive of, or see in one’s mind

exhort

spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

exotic

characteristic of another place or part of the world

expressly

with specific intentions

finale

the closing section of a musical composition

flora

all the plant life in a particular region or period

fauna

all the animal life in a particular region or period

florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

foe

an armed adversary

forge

a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering

foster

providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties

fraudulent

intended to deceive

frugal

avoiding waste

gourmet

a person devoted to and knowledgeable about fine food

gullible

easily tricked because of being too trusting

habitat

the type of environment in which an organism normally lives

habitation

the native habitat or home of an animal or plant

haven

a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary

hem

the edge of a piece of cloth

homicide

the killing of a human being by another human being

horrendous

causing fear or dread or terror

hue

the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength

hum

sing with closed lips

illusionary

marked by or producing illusion

illusory

having the nature of a deceptive trick

impart

transmit, as knowledge or a skill

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

infest

occupy in large numbers or live on a host

ingest

take food, drink, or some other substance into the body

incumbent

necessary as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

innate

present at birth but not necessarily hereditary

instill

impart gradually

jolt

move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion

landfill

an area where waste is disposed of by burying it underground

livestock

any animals kept for use or profit

loaf

a shaped mass of baked bread that is usually sliced before eating

lobbyist

someone who is employed to persuade how legislators vote

locale

the scene of any event or action

maneuver

a plan for attaining a particular goal

marginal

just barely adequate or within a lower limit

mortality

the quality or state of being subject to death

nightshade

any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit

obtrusive

undesirably noticeable

obsess

be preoccupied with something

obesity

the condition of being excessively overweight

pamphlet

a small book usually having a paper cover

pang

a sudden sharp feeling

parish

a local church community

partisan

an enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity

patron

someone who supports or champions something

patronize

treat condescendingly

persecute

cause to suffer

phony

fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

pint

a United States liquid unit equal to 16 fluid ounces

plaintiff

a person who brings an action in a court of law

plausible

apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

precursor

something indicating the approach of something or someone

predisposition

an inclination in advance to react in a particular way

primate

any placental mammal of the order Primates

probe

an exploratory action or expedition

prudent

marked by sound judgment

purge

rid of impurities

quadruple

having four units or components

reflex

an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

regimen

a systematic plan for therapy

revitalize

give new life or vigor to

robin

small Old World songbird with a reddish breast

sap

a person who lacks good judgment or is easily tricked

sedan

a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors

shoplifting

the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store

shuttle

public transport plying back and forth between two points

smear

smudge or soil by smudging

smog

air pollution by a mixture of smoke and fog

solicit

request urgently or persistently

spark

a small fragment of a burning substance

spiteful

showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt

spleen

a large oval organ between the stomach and the diaphragm

stench

a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

storefront

the front side of a store facing the street

strain

exert much effort or energy

stride

walk with long steps

sturdy

having rugged physical strength

tack

a short nail with a sharp point and a large head

tactile

of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch

undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

unison

two or more sounds or tones at the same pitch or in octaves

viable

capable of life or normal growth and development

wayside

edge of a way or road or path

witty

combining clever conception and facetious expression

wreak

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
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