GMAT RC74 – 85 Words

musician

someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)

pretentious

creating an appearance of importance or distinction

spinning

creating thread

President

the person who holds the office of head of state of the United States government

mountain

a land mass that projects well above its surroundings

syntax

the study of the rules for forming admissible sentences

mother

a woman who has given birth to a child

preserve

keep in safety and protect from harm, loss, or destruction

unintended

not deliberate

prepare

make ready or suitable or equip in advance

symptom

a sensation associated with a particular disease

monument

a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

preoccupation

the mental state of being obsessed by something

monopoly

a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller

sympathy

sharing the feelings of others, especially sorrow or anguish

monarch

a nation’s ruler usually by hereditary right

prefigure

imagine or consider beforehand

specimen

a bit of tissue or fluid taken for diagnostic purposes

prefer

like better; value more highly

specify

be particular about

wet

wetness caused by water

westward

the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees

modality

how something is done or how it happens

preface

a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book

mobilize

make ready for action or use

predominate

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

misuse

improper handling or application of something

speak

use language

predictive

of or relating to prediction

misinterpretation

applying the wrong reading

symbiosis

the relation between two interdependent species of organisms

minority

being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts

switch

device for making or breaking the connections in a circuit

mineralize

convert into a mineral substance

precipitate

bring about abruptly

unfortunate

marked by or resulting in bad luck

praise

an expression of approval and commendation

sway

move back and forth

southward

toward the south

practically

in a manner concerned with actual use

microorganism

any organism of microscopic size

powwow

a council of or with Native Americans

Michelson

United States physicist (born in Germany) who collaborated with Morley in the Michelson-Morley experiment (1852-1931)

vagary

an unexpected and inexplicable change in something

favorable

encouraging or approving or pleasing

possession

anything owned

metamorphic

having undergone transformation by pressure, heat, etc.

possess

have ownership of

messenger

a person who carries a communication to a recipient

surroundings

the environment in which something exists or lives

unexplored

not yet discovered

portraiture

the activity of making portraits

melt

reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state

pop

make a sharp explosive noise

solo

any activity that is performed alone without assistance

surge

rise and move, as in waves or billows

mechanically

in a manner like a machine

mathematician

a person skilled in the logic of quantity and arrangement

utilize

put into service

sociobiology

the branch of biology that conducts comparative studies of the social organization of animals (including human beings) with regard to its evolutionary history

masculine

associated with men and not with women

utilization

the act of using

marital

of or relating to the state of marriage

polemic

a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma

manipulation

exerting shrewd or devious influence for one’s own advantage

pole

a long rod of wood, metal, or plastic

smallpox

a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars

pluralist

someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society

maker

a person who makes things

pluralism

a social organization in which diversity is tolerated

mack

a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric

plural

grammatical number category referring to two or more items

macaque

short-tailed monkey of rocky regions of Asia and Africa

lung

either of two saclike respiratory organs in the chest of vertebrates; serves to remove carbon dioxide and provide oxygen to the blood

platform

a raised horizontal surface

planter

a worker who puts or sets seeds or seedlings into the ground

loving

feeling or showing love and affection

urge

force or impel in an indicated direction

plan

a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be achieved

loan

the temporary provision of money (usually at interest)

plague

any large-scale calamity

litigate

engage in legal proceedings

Sinclair

United States writer whose novels argued for social reform

placement

the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

lion

large gregarious predatory feline of Africa and India having a tawny coat with a shaggy mane in the male
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