GMAT Vacabulary – 50 Words

compelling

driving or forcing

The hierarchy in China is very strict.
hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

Resigned to the bad news, the office workers made no commotion.
resign

leave voluntarily, as a job or position

The immediate fix will include rearranging the officer booths and adding one.New York Times (May 6, 2015)
booth

a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment

A memorial event was scheduled for the men at the city convention center Monday afternoon.US News (May 10, 2015)
convention

the act of meeting formally

She has said she would be delighted to stay on.BBC (May 10, 2015)
delight

give pleasure to or be pleasing to

Planning bosses at the authority have recommended approval of the proposals, subject to a number of conditions.BBC (May 10, 2015)
subject

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

Climate models use an immense set of differential equations that simulate the interaction of physics, fluid motion and chemistry.New York Times (May 10, 2015)
interaction

a mutual or reciprocal deed

Pesticides are also necessary tools for those farming under the organic rules. Forbes (May 10, 2015)
pesticide

a chemical used to kill destructive insects or animals

Typhoid fever is spread by contaminated food or water.US News (May 10, 2015)
contaminate

make impure

It nearly happened in 2001 with Gibson, and at one point, an animated film was contemplated.Washington Times (May 10, 2015)
contemplate

reflect deeply on a subject

The tactic may have helped him to pull out a decisive victory.Washington Post (May 8, 2015)
tactic

a plan for attaining a particular goal

So we boycott them, and watch American movies instead.BBC (May 6, 2015)
boycott

refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization

Getting the right amounts of vitamins and other nutrients is important, Ochner said.US News (May 7, 2015)
nutrient

any substance that can be metabolized to give energy

The altered anatomy of the chicken skulls might not be an example of reverse evolution, he said, just dying tissue.New York Times (May 11, 2015)
tissue

part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells

“Sometimes it ends up being some interesting-looking coral,” she said.Washington Times (May 5, 2015)
coral

a very small ocean creature that often forms reefs

Businesses are thriving, and we have exceptional schools that draw families to the region.Washington Post (May 7, 2015)
thrive

make steady progress

But what exactly are the characteristics that make the great ones stand out?Forbes (May 10, 2015)
characteristic

typical or distinctive

Utility stock prices may already reflect the challenges they face in the deterioration of their monopoly business model.Forbes (May 5, 2015)
deterioration

process of changing to an inferior state

A debt default would destabilize Greece, potentially causing it to fall out of the eurozone.US News (May 10, 2015)
destabilize

make unsturdy, insecure, or less able to function smoothly

The U.S. has criticized Iran’s support for Hezbollah, as well as attacks carried out by Iran’s Quds Force.Time (May 13, 2015)
preliminary

preceding or in preparation for something more important

There is an epidemic of depression and anxiety in our schools–and I suspect we’re only documenting a fraction of the problem.Time (Nov 29, 0002)
carry out

put in effect

That’s the conclusion of a new study from Harvard Forest, Harvard University’s laboratory for ecological research.Washington Times (May 13, 2015)
epidemic

a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease

Faecal samples contain cells that can be tested for genetic mutations associated with colorectal cancer.Nature (May 11, 2015)
ecological

characterized by the interdependence of living organisms

Detroit emerged in December from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.Washington Times (May 14, 2015)
mutation

a change or alteration in form or qualities

I understand you contracted polio as a child.Scientific American (May 10, 2015)
emerge

come out into view, as from concealment

But he received plenty of exposure playing for his club team.Los Angeles Times (May 13, 2015)
polio

an acute viral disease marked by inflammation of nerve cells of the brain stem and spinal cord

Typhoid fever is spread by contaminated food or water.US News (May 10, 2015)
exposure

the state of being vulnerable to something

That represents about 40 percent of the complaints directed to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.The Verge (May 12, 2015)
typhoid

infection marked by intestinal inflammation and ulceration

The variety of colors comes from colored molecules.Scientific American (May 13, 2015)
hygiene

a condition promoting sanitary practices

molecule

the simplest structural unit of an element or compound

venture

an undertaking with an uncertain outcome

venture capitalist

a speculator who makes money available for innovative projects (especially in high technology)

causative

producing an effect

deprived

marked by a state of extreme poverty

vertebrate

animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton

regulatory

restricting according to rules or principles

demonstrate

give an exhibition of to an interested audience

contrast

the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared

redirect

channel into a new direction

rational

consistent with or based on or using reason

assess

estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of

ambiguity

unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning

ambiguity

unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning

novelty

originality by virtue of being refreshingly new

novelty

originality by virtue of being refreshingly new

sought

that is looked for

activism

a policy of action to achieve a political or social goal

prefigure

imagine or consider beforehand

temperance

the trait of avoiding excesses
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