SAT VOCAB - 250 Important Words

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Abject

Describes the highest level of negativity, often used to depict loneliness, poverty, or sadness.

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Abode

A place where people live, ranging from a house to a van, if humans take shelter there.

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Abstract

Not concrete or tangible, existing as an idea or representing feelings, like abstract art.

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Acknowledge

To notice and make someone or something aware that they have been noticed.

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Adapt

To change to fit a situation, like a fish adapting to a new tank.

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Admonition

A scolding received for doing something wrong.

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Affluent

Very well off financially.

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Agitate

To disturb or work up, like annoying someone until they become upset.

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Aggrandize

To make something grander than it is.

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Aggregate

Referring to the whole, not the parts, or to build up parts to create a whole.

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Analogous

When two things can be compared to each other.

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Analogy

A comparison between two items using like or as.

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Anomaly

Something strange or out of the usual pattern.

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Antipathy

A strong feeling of dislike or hatred towards someone or something.

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Apparition

Something that suddenly appears, often used to describe ghosts or supernatural phenomena.

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Arbitrary

Random or based on personal choice rather than any reason or system.

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Ascertain

To find out or confirm something.

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Aspire

To work towards a lofty goal or dream big.

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Autocratic

Describing someone in charge who has all the power, acting like an autocrat.

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Automated

Changed to make a process automatic, like a dishwasher automating dishwashing.

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Beget

To bring something into existence or to lead to something.

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Benevolent

Kind and willing to give to others, often used to describe charitable actions.

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Bestow

To give something, especially titles or honors, to someone.

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Biological

Related to the study of life or living organisms.

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Calibrate

To adjust something to function correctly, especially machines.

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Calisthenics

Exercises that use body weight and require no equipment.

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Capacity

The measure of an entity's ability or maximum potential.

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Celestial

Relating to outer space or the universe.

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Censure

To formally reprimand someone for their actions.

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Circulation

Movement back and forth or around in a predictable pattern.

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Coerce

To force someone to do something through threats or intimidation.

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Commercial

Related to the buying and selling of goods or engaging in business.

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Complementary

Going well together with something else.

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Complimentary

Provided free of charge or a nice thing said about someone.

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Conflate

To mistakenly combine two different things or ideas.

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Conjure

To bring something to mind or create something seemingly out of nothing.

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Consensus

General agreement among a group of people.

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Consequence

The result or outcome of an action, often implying a negative result.

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Conservator

A person responsible for preserving or protecting something.

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Constitution

Can refer to a governmental document, bodily health, or the structure of something.

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Contingent

Depending on certain conditions or factors.

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Conventional

Following traditional or established practices.

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Convey

To communicate or transport something from one place to another.

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Cooperatively

Working together in a cooperative manner.

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Cultivate

To bring up, make grow, or encourage the existence of something. Example:Farmers cultivate crops.

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Dawdle

To lag behind or move slowly. Example:"Don't dawdle or you'll miss the school bus," the grandfather called.

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Decipher

To figure out or decode something. Example:A spy might decipher a special code.

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Deficient

Lacking or not having enough of something. Example:People are often vitamin D deficient in the winter.

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Desolation

Total abandonment, emptiness, and destruction. Example:Families fled the city in fear of the desolation to come.

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Despoil

To take away anything of value, often related to looting or plundering. Example:The criminals broke into the mansion to despoil it.

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Deter

To prevent or discourage someone from doing something. Example:Security measures deterred the bank robbers.

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Disenfranchise

To take away someone's right to vote or prevent them from using it. Example:Women were disenfranchised for most of human history.

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Disparity

An inequality or difference between two things. Example:Small children notice disparities in the desserts they receive.

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Disseminate

To spread or pass out something, often information. Example:Participants were asked not to disseminate the acquired knowledge.

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Domestic

Related to the home or household. Example:Domestic help may include a gardener, maid, or cook.

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Dominion

Control or authority over someone or something. Example:The king exercised dominion over the serfs.

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Dubious

Doubtful or uncertain. Example:I was dubious about exploring the cave.

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Earnest

Serious and showing sincere belief. Example:The young man spoke earnestly as he proposed.

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Eddy

Swift circular motion of water or air. Example:The boat was caught in a persistent eddy.

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Efficient

Done in the most direct way using minimal time and resources. Example:Jennifer completed her errands efficiently.

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Embellish

To add details or flair to something. Example:The seamstress embellished the wedding dress with pearl beads.

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Emit

To give off or release. Example:The skunk-sprayed puppy emitted a foul smell.

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Empathize

To feel what someone else is feeling. Example:Neighbors empathized with the struggling family.

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Endearing

Creating warm feelings or affection. Example:The small girl had an endearing personality.

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Endeavor

To try or attempt something. Example:We will endeavor to get the garden planted.

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Endow

To give or provide, often in terms of rights or donations. Example:All men are endowed with certain unalienable rights.

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Enhance

To make something better or clearer.

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Enterprise

The process of doing something, often referring to big or difficult tasks.

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Entice

To convince someone to do something through the promise of reward.

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Entrenched

Refusing to move, especially when it comes to thoughts and ideas.

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Ephemeral

Very short-lived, fleeting, and quickly gone.

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Evince

To show one's feelings.

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Expenditure

Spending of money or other resources.

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Explanatory

Explaining something.

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Extensive

Widespread, far-reaching, or thorough.

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Feeble

Weak.

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Fetter

To hold someone or something back from what they want to do.

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Finite

Having a definitive beginning and ending.

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Fiscal

Relating to money and the economy.

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Florid

Describing a red or flushed complexion.

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Frantic

Desperate or showing urgency.

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Frequent

Happening often.

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Fundamental

Basics or essentials.

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Germinate

To make something start to grow.

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Glom

To attach to something in a blob-like manner.

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Glut

A ridiculous abundance of something.

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Grievance

A complaint.

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Haggle

To exchange offers back and forth while trying to make a deal.

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Ignominious

Undignified, causing shame or embarrassment.

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Illegible

Unable to be read or understood.

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Immured

Held against one's will, often enclosed.

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Impel

To push or force someone to do something.

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Inapplicable

Not applying in a given situation.

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Incomprehensible

Unable to be comprehended or understood.

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Incontestable

Unable to be contested or disputed.

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Incorporate

To fully include something.

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Incredulous

Not believing or having doubts about something.

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Indifference

Feeling of not strongly caring one way or the other.

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