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300 Toefl Words 1

300 Toefl Words 1 - Words 1-20

ABANDON To give up completely - abandoned the sinking ship. Synonyms: relinquish, forgo, forsake
ABET To encourage -or support - treacherously abetted the enemy. Synonyms: spur, incite. Antonym: deter
ABRIDGE To shorten - abridged his lengthy speech. Synonyms: curtail, diminish, retrench. Antonyms: protract, elongate, amplify
ACADEMIC Pertaining to school; theoretical academic interests; an academic discussion, with no practical implications. Synonym: scholastic
ACCELERATE To quicken, speed up - took an accelerated course in order to graduate early. Synonym: expedite (adj. expeditious). Antonym: retard
ACCOLADE An award or salute - a tremendous accolade for a returning hero. Synonyms: tribute, ovation
ACCORD Agreement or harmony - in full accord with his view. Synonyms: concord, concurrence. Antonyms: dissension, discord
ACRIMONIOUS Sharp or harsh in language or temper - stung by the acrimonious remark. Synonyms: caustic, acerb, pungent, tart, mordant, acrid; (noun) asperity. Antonyms: suave, affable
ACUMEN Keenness of mind or insight - showing exceptional business acumen. Synonyms: perspicacity, discernment, perception. Antonym: obtuseness
ADVERSITY A state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty - calm in the face of adversity. Synonyms: affliction, mischance, reverses
AESTHETIC Pertaining to the beautiful - interested in aesthetic values rather than in purely practical affairs.
AFFABLE Sociable, courteous, and agreeable in manner a much admired, affable gentleman. Synonyms: civil, complaisant, benign, gracious, genial, urbane, cordial. Antonyms: curt, brusque, rude, boorish, surly
AFFLUENT Having an abundance of wealth, property, or other material goods; prosperous; rich - a large bequest from an affluent grandfather. Synonyms: opulent, profuse. Antonyms: destitute, impecunious
ALACRITY Eagerness; cheerful promptness - responded to the flattering offer with alacrity. Synonyms: celerity, briskness, energy, animation. Antonyms: apathy, nonchalance, sluggishness, lethargy, phlegmatic
ALIENATE To make indifferent or hostile; to turn away; transfer or divert - He has alienated his entire family.
ALLAY To put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet - at ease now that his fears have been allayed. . Synonyms: appease, alleviate, pacify, assuage, abate, mitigate, propitiate, mollify, placate. Antonyms: intensify, aggravate
ALLUDE (noun: ALLUSION) To refer casually or indirectly - alluded quite subtly to his friend's misfortune. Synonyms: insinuate, intimate, imply. Antonyms: refer, cite
AMBIGUOUS Uncertain, vague, capable of being interpreted- in more than one way - puzzled by the ambiguous statement. Synonyms: hazy, obscure, equivocal, dubious, nebulous. Antonyms: explicit, unquestionable
ANACHRONISM A thing placed or occurring out of its normal time - A machine gun at the Battle of Yorktown would be an anachronism.
ANALOGY (adj.: ANALOGOUS) A relation between two things shown in the resemblance not of the things themselves but of their characteristics- He indicated points of analogy between the two situations. Synonyms: correspondence, affinity. Antonym: anomaly.
Created by: anino on 2012-08-02

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