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SAT High Frequency 3

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 3

WordDefinitionSentence
aspire v. seek to attain; long for Because he aspired to a career in professional sports, Philip enrolled in a draduate program iin sports management.
assiduous adj. diligent He was assiduous working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results.
assuage v. ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger) Jilted by Jane, Dick tried to assuage his heartache by indulging in ice cream.
astute adj. wise, shrewd; keen John Jacob Astor made astute investments in land, shrewdly purchasing valuable plots throughout New York City.
atrophy v. waste away After three months in a cast, your calf muscles are bound to atrophy; you'll need physical therapy to get pack in shape.
attribute v. ascribe, explain I attribute her success in science to the encouragement she received from her parents.
audacious adj. daring; bold Audiences cheered as Luke Skywalker and Princess leia made their audacious death-defying leap to freedom, escaping Darth Vader's troops.
augment v. increase; add to Armies augment their forces by calling up reinforcements; teachers augment their salaries by taking odd jobs.
austere adj. forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented The headmaster's austere demeanor tended to scare off the more timid students, who never visited his study willingly. The room reflected the man, austere and bare, like a monk's cell, with no touches of luxury to moderate its austerity.
authoritarian adj. subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will The leaders of the authoritarian regime ordered the suppression of the democratic protest movement. After years of submitting to the will of her authoritarian father, Elizabeth Barrett ran away from home with the poet Robert Browning.
autonomous adj. self-governing Although the University of California at Berkeley is just one part of the state university system, in many wals Cal Berkeley is autonomous, for it runs several programs that are not subject to outside control.
avarice n. greediness for wealth King Midas is a perfect example of avarice, for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.
aversion n. firm dislike Bert had an aversion to yuppies; Alex had an aversion to punks. Their mutual aversion was so great that they refused to speak to one another.
avert v. prevent; turn away She averted her eyes from the dead cat on the highway.
beguile v. mislead or delude; pass time With flattery and big talk of easy money, the con men beguiled Kyle into betting his allowance on the shell game. Broke, he beguiled himself during the long hours by playing solitaire.
belie v. contradict; give a false impression His coarse, hard-bitten exterior belied his inner sensitivity.
benevolent adj. generous; charitable Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.
bequeath v. to leave to someone by a will; hand down Though Maud had intended to bequeath the family home to her nephew, she died before changing her will to bequeath it.
bleak adj. cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable The frigid, inhospitable Aleutian Islands are bleak military outposts. It's no wonder that soldiers assigned there have a bleak attitude toward their posting.
blighted adj. suffering from a disease; destroyed The extent of the blighted areas could be seen only when viewed from the air.
bolster v. support, reinforce The debaters amassed the boxes full of evidence to bolster their arguments.
braggart n. boaster Modest by nature, she was no braggart, preferring to let her accomplishments speak for themselves.
brevity n. conciseness Brevity is essential when you send a telegram or cablegram; you are charged for every word.
buttress v. support, prop up (also a noun) The attorney came up with several far-fetched in a vain attempt to buttress his weak case.
artisan n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist A noted artisan, Arturo was known for the fine craftsmanship of his inlaid cabinets.
Created by: Karina Geneva