30 GRE Words Beginning with “A” – 30 Words

abundance

the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply

This is made more feasible by the growing abundance of natural gas and alternative fuels that give America other resources for cutting emissions.
New York Times (Jun 25, 2013)
accessibility

the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with

Head Puritan and songwriter Jack Barnett has guided his band through three very disparate albums united by their near complete disregard for listener accessibility.
The Guardian (Jun 20, 2013)
accord

a written agreement between two states or sovereigns

A fourth said the draft accord was already ready and waiting to be signed.
Reuters (Jul 25, 2013)
acerbic

harsh or corrosive in tone

But the risk, of course, was that an acerbic confrontation could turn off the very swing voters he covets.
New York Times (Oct 17, 2012)
adaptive

having a capacity for change

And though they were not physically more robust, they reported less difficulty in getting around, possibly because of better adaptive equipment.
New York Times (Jul 17, 2013)
adequate

having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

Silicosis, which has no known cure, is contracted by inhaling tiny particles of silica dust from gold-bearing rocks over many years underground without adequate protection.
Reuters (Jul 24, 2013)
adjacent

having a common boundary or edge

The games, held over four days, were set to take place in the United Center and on its adjacent parking lots.
Chicago Tribune (Jul 17, 2013)
admonish

warn strongly; put on guard

Unlike Singapore, Malaysia has not publicly admonished Indonesia over the smog.
Reuters (Jun 27, 2013)
adverse

contrary to your interests or welfare

Men given the drug also experienced fewer adverse effects, like bone pain and muscle weakness.
New York Times (Jul 17, 2013)
aesthetics

the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste

Aesthetics and ethics are related in complex ways, which make art less comforting than the art market would have us think.
The Guardian (Jun 8, 2013)
affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

Like many selfish men, he could be good-natured so long as affability was cheap.
Lewis Wingfield
affect

have an influence upon

My point is that the inequality affects growth through many channels.
New York Times (Jul 26, 2013)
aloof

remote in manner

But in a place filled with so many big personalities, Goodlatte can come across as aloof, boring or uninterested.
Washington Post (Jul 23, 2013)
ambiguity

unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning

There’s enough ambiguity that you could argue a given case in many different ways.
Slate (Jul 1, 2013)
ameliorate

make better

There are job-creation programs and low-cost housing, but nothing has fully ameliorated the lingering injustices.
New York Times (May 7, 2013)
ample

more than enough in size or scope or capacity

Mr. Saatchi’s public comments, though, have provided ample ammunition for detractors.
New York Times (Jul 5, 2013)
anachronistic

chronologically misplaced

Net metering are only symptoms of this more fundamental disconnect between emerging market forces and an anachronistic model used to regulate those market forces.
Forbes (Jul 16, 2013)
analogous

similar or equivalent in some respects

Section 230 does not apply to cases involving intellectual property, federal criminal prosecutions, and violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or analogous state laws.
Forbes (Jun 26, 2013)
anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

So some researchers have searched for signs of family relationships in the skeletons themselves, looking for rare anomalies that might suggest shared genetic heritage.
Science Magazine (Jun 19, 2013)
antedate

be earlier in time; go back further

Much about Lee whose missionary labors antedated Marcus Whitman’s by two years.
Various
antithetical

sharply contrasted in character or purpose

Looking at the clock leads to two things antithetical to sleep, Grandner says — math and worry.
Washington Post (Jun 10, 2013)
apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

Commencement speakers now and then worried about apathy born of cynicism and crisis fatigue.
New York Times (Jun 15, 2013)
apparent

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

In other words, just as we know, funding journalism over the coming decades remains a large headache without apparent easy solution.
The Guardian (Jul 26, 2013)
arbitrary

based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

The National Human Rights Commission said it had credible reports of killings, torture, rape and arbitrary detention by security forces.
Reuters (Jul 3, 2013)
arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

A few days later, riders face three straight days of arduous climbing in the high Alps.
Seattle Times (Jul 8, 2013)
ascertain

learn or discover with confidence

Still, a prospective employer has a hard time ascertaining which candidate is best prepared for the highly specific job at hand.
Forbes (Feb 27, 2013)
assent

agree or express agreement

“Yes, yes,—just so; of course,” said Barrington, hurriedly assenting to he knew not what.
Charles James Lever
astounding

bewildering or striking dumb with wonder

Astoundingly, Wasserman Media represented the No. 1 overall draft pick last year in five professional sports: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, soccer and football.
New York Times (Jul 6, 2013)
attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

At too low a dose, the therapeutic effects of the drug are attenuated.
Scientific American (Feb 4, 2013)
austerity

self-denial, especially refraining from worldly pleasures

Unemployment and austerity measures have curbed consumer spending.
BBC (Jul 25, 2013)

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