GMAT S-Z – 187 Words

subordinate

an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

subscribe

pay as a contribution to a charity or service

subset

a group whose members are members of another group

subsist

support oneself

substantiate

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

substantive

having a firm basis in reality and therefore important

subterfuge

something intended to misrepresent the nature of an activity

suburban

relating to or characteristic of or situated in suburbs

succinct

briefly giving the gist of something

succumb

consent reluctantly

suffrage

a legal right to vote

sugarcane

tall tropical southeast Asian grass having stout fibrous jointed stalks; sap is a chief source of sugar

suggestive

tending to imply

sulfur

an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)

sunburn

redness of the skin caused by exposure to the rays of the sun

superintendent

a person who directs and manages an organization

supernova

a star that explodes and becomes luminous in the process

supersede

take the place or move into the position of

supersonic

greater than the speed of sound in a given medium

superstition

an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear

supplicant

someone who prays to God

suppress

put down by force or authority

sustain

lengthen or extend in duration or space

sustenance

the act of providing a means of subsistence or survival

swarm

a group of many things in the air or on the ground

sweetener

something added to foods to make them taste sweeter

syllable

a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme

synchronize

happen at the same time

synthesize

combine and form a complex whole

synthetic

a compound made artificially by chemical reactions

tactic

a plan for attaining a particular goal

tactile

of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch

tadpole

a larval frog or toad

tag

a small piece of cloth or paper

takeover

a change by sale or merger in the controlling interest of a corporation

tally

the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

tamper

alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly

tangle

twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

tardive

late-occurring

tatter

a small shred of cloth or paper

tectonic

pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth’s crust

tedious

so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

telling

disclosing unintentionally

temperance

the trait of avoiding excesses

tempo

the speed at which a composition is to be played

tenacious

stubbornly unyielding

tenant

someone who pays rent to use property owned by someone else

tentative

hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion

terrain

a piece of ground having specific characteristics

terrestrial

of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth

terrify

frighten greatly

testify

give a solemn statement in a court of law

theodolite

a surveying instrument for measuring angles

theorem

an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth

thrive

make steady progress

throne

the chair of state for a monarch, bishop, etc.

throttle

a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine

thwart

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

thyroid

located near the base of the neck

tickle

touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

tilt

lean over; tip

titanic

of great force or power

token

a disk that can be used in designated slot machines

topographical

concerned with topography

topple

fall down, as if collapsing

topsoil

the layer of soil on the surface

torture

infliction of suffering to punish or obtain information

tout

advertise in strongly positive terms

toxin

a poisonous substance produced organically

traceable

capable of being tracked or detected

track

a line or route along which something travels or moves

trait

a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

tranquilize

make calm or still

transistor

a semiconductor device capable of amplification

transitive

designating a verb that requires a direct object

transmit

send from one person or place to another

transpire

come about, happen, or occur

transplant

transfer from one place or period to another

trapezium

a quadrilateral with no parallel sides

traverse

travel across or pass over

tremendous

extraordinarily large in extent or amount or power

trench

any long ditch cut in the ground

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

tribal

relating to or characteristic of a clan or social group

tribunal

an assembly to conduct judicial business

tributary

a branch that flows into the main stream

trigger

lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun

trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

tuberculosis

infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of bacilli

tubular

constituting a tube; having hollow tubes

turbulent

characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

turmoil

a violent disturbance

turnaround

time need to prepare a vessel or ship for a return trip

typhoid

infection marked by intestinal inflammation and ulceration

typify

embody the essential characteristics of

typology

classification according to general type

tyrannical

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

ulcer

an inflammatory lesion resulting in decay of tissue

unbridled

not restrained or controlled

unconventional

not conforming to standards

undercut

cut away the underpart of

undergo

pass through

underlie

be underneath

underlying

in the nature of something though not readily apparent

undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

underpin

support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm

underscore

give extra weight to

underweight

being very thin

unicellular

having a single basic functional unit, of an organism

unification

the act of making or becoming a single entity

unilateral

involving only one part or side

unionize

recruit for a union or organize into a union

unison

the state of corresponding exactly

unobtrusive

not undesirably noticeable

unparalleled

radically distinctive and without equal

unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

unravel

become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers of

untainted

(of reputation) free from blemishes

untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

unwarranted

incapable of being justified or explained

unwieldy

difficult to use or handle because of size or weight

unwitting

not aware or knowing

upheaval

a violent disturbance

upright

in a vertical position; not sloping

upside

the highest or uppermost side of anything

upsurge

a sudden or abrupt strong increase

upturn

an upward movement or trend as in business activity

uranium

a heavy toxic silvery-white radioactive metallic element

utilitarian

having a useful function

vaccinate

produce immunity in by inoculation

vaccine

injection of weakened or dead microbes to create antibodies

vanity

feelings of excessive pride

vantage

place or situation affording some benefit

varicose

abnormally swollen or knotty

vascular

relating to vessels that conduct and circulate fluids

vector

a quantity that has magnitude and direction

vehement

marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

vend

sell or offer for sale from place to place

venerable

profoundly honored

venomous

extremely poisonous or injurious

venous

of or contained in or performing the function of the veins

vent

a hole for the escape of gas, air, or liquid

venture

an undertaking with an uncertain outcome

verdict

findings of a jury on issues submitted to it for decision

verge

the limit beyond which something happens or changes

versatile

having great diversity or variety

version

something a little different from others of the same type

vertebrate

animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton

vertex

the highest point of something

vessel

an object used as a container, especially for liquids

vestige

an indication that something has been present

viable

capable of life or normal growth and development

vicinity

a surrounding or nearby region

vicious

having the nature of evildoing

victimize

cause someone to suffer some adverse circumstance

vigilant

carefully observant or attentive

vigorous

characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity

vindictive

disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge

viral

relating to or caused by a virus

virulent

extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

viscous

having a relatively high resistance to flow

visionary

a person with unusual powers of foresight

voluminous

large in capacity or bulk

voracious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

warrant

formal and explicit approval

wasp

social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting

wayside

edge of a way or road or path

weevil

any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles

weld

a metal joint formed by softening with heat and fusing

whirl

the shape of something rotating rapidly

wig

hairpiece covering the head and made of real or synthetic hair

wiggle

move to and fro

windshield

transparent screen to protect occupants of a vehicle

wingspan

linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil

wither

lose freshness, vigor, or vitality

withhold

hold back; refuse to hand over or share

withstand

resist or confront with resistance

witty

combining clever conception and facetious expression

womb

a hollow muscular organ in which a developing fetus grows

woodpecker

bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects

wrapper

cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person

wreckage

the remaining parts of something that has been destroyed

xenophobia

a fear of foreigners or strangers

yeast

a single-celled fungus that reproduces asexually

yield

give or supply

zing

the activeness of an energetic personality

zoom

the act of rising upward into the air
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