GRE Word List - 1



  • GRE-Word list
    Sr.no Terms Definitions
    1 abate to lessen to subside
    2 abdication giving up control authority
    3 aberration straying away from what is normal, deviation
    4 abet help/encourage smb (in doing wrong)
    5 abeyance suspended action
    6 abhor to hate to detest
    7 abide be faithful to endure
    8 abjure promise or swear to give up
    9 abraded rubbed off, worn away by friction
    10 abrogate repeal or annul by authority
    11 abscond to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest)
    12 abstruse difficult to comprehend, obscure
    13 abut border on
    14 abysmal bottomless extreme, terrible
    15 acarpous effect no longer, fertile, worn out
    16 acclaimed welcomed with shouts and approval
    17 accolade praise, approval
    18 accretion the growing of separate things into one
    19 accrue accumulate
    20 adamant kind of stone, inflexible
    21 admonitory containing warning
    22 adorn add beauty, decorate
    23 adulteration making unpure, poorer in quality
    24 affable polite and friendly
    25 affinity close connection relationship
    26 aggravate make worse, irritate
    27 agile active, quick-moving
    28 agog eager/excited
    29 ail trouble, be ill
    30 alacrity eager and cheerful readiness
    31 alcove recess/partially enclosed place
    32 ale fermented alcoholic beverage similar to but heavier than beer
    33 aleck one who considers himself smarter than others
    34 allegiance duty, support, loyalty
    35 alleviate make (pain) easier to bear
    36 alloy to debase by mixing with something inferior
    37 aloof reserved, indifferent
    38 amalgamate mix, combine, unite societies
    39 ambidextrous able to use the left hand or the right equally well
    40 ambiguous doubtful, uncertain
    41 ambivalent having both of two contrary meanings
    42 ambrosial extremely pleasing to taste
    43 ameliorate improve, make better
    44 amortize repay, end (a debt) by setting aside money
    45 anguish severe suffering
    46 animosity strong dislike
    47 antidote medicine used against a poison or a disease
    48 antithetical direct opposing
    49 apartheid brutal racial discrimination
    50 aplomb self-confidence
    51 apostate one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
    52 apotheosis deification glorification to godliness
    53 appease make quiet or calm
    54 apprehensive grasping understanding fear unhappy feeling about future
    55 apprise give notice to inform
    56 approbation approval
    57 apropos appropriate to the situation apt
    58 apt well-suited quick-witted
    59 arabesque a complex ornate design
    60 arboreal of connected with trees
    61 ardor enthusiasm
    62 arduous steep difficult ascent laborious
    63 argot jargon slang
    64 arrant in the highest degree
    65 arrogance proud superior manner of behaviour
    66 articulate speak distinctly connect by joints
    67 ascend go or come up
    68 ascertain get to know
    69 ascetic practicing self-denial austere stark
    70 ascribe consider to be the origin of or belonging to
    71 aseptic surgically clean
    72 asperity roughness harshness ill temper irritability
    73 aspersion slander
    74 assail with attack violently
    75 assiduous diligent hard-working sedulous
    76 assuage make something (pain desire) less
    77 asterisk the mark * (e.g… omitted letters)
    78 astringent substance that shrinks
    79 astute clever quick at seeing to get an advantage
    80 atonement repayment death of Jesus
    81 attenuate make thin. weaken enervate
    82 attune bring into harmony
    83 audacious daring foolishly bold impudent
    84 augury omen sign
    85 august majestic venerable
    86 auspicious favorable successful prosperous
    87 austere severely moral and strict simple and plain
    88 auxiliary helping supporting
    89 aver affirm assert prove justify
    90 aversion strong dislike
    91 avid eager greedy
    92 avow admit. Declare openly
    93 baleful harmful ominous causing evil
    94 balk obstacle purposely to get on the way of
    95 baneful causing harm or ruin pernicious destructive
    96 barrage artificial obstacle built across a river
    97 barren not good enough unable to have young ones without value
    98 bask in enjoy warmth and light
    99 beatify to bless make happy or ascribe a virtue to
    100 bedizen to adorn especially in a cheap showy manner
    101 belabor beat hard
    102 bellicose belligerent pugnacious warlike
    103 belligerent (person nation) waging war
    104 benefactor person who has given help
    105 benevolence wish or activity in doing good
    106 benign kind and gentle mild (climate)
    107 bequest arrangement to give something at death
    108 berate scold sharply
    109 bereft rob or dispossess of something (material)
    110 bewilder puzzle confuse
    111 bigot stubborn narrow-minded person
    112 bilge bulge the protuberance of a cask
    113 blandishment flattery coaxing
    114 blandness polite manner comforting uninteresting
    115 blatant noisy and rough
    116 blithe cheerful casual carefree
    117 bogus sham counterfeit not genuine
    118 boisterous loud noisy rough lacking restraint
    119 bolster give greatly needed support
    120 boorish crude offensive rude
    121 brash hasty rush cheeky saucy
    122 brass yellow metal (mixing copper and zinc)
    123 brazen made of brass
    124 breach opening broken place breaking
    125 brittle easily broken
    126 broach bring up announce begin to talk about
    127 brook to tolerate endure
    128 buoyant able to float light-hearted
    129 burgeon grow forth send out buds
    130 burnish to polish rub to a shine
    131 cabal a scheme or plot a group of plotters
    132 cadge to beg to get by begging
    133 cajole use flattery or deceit to persuade
    134 calipers metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument
    135 calumny slander aspersion
    136 candid frank straight-forward
    137 cant insincere talk/jargon
    138 cantankerous bad-tempered/quarrelsome
    139 canvass discuss thoroughly sort of touting
    140 castigate to chastise correct by punishing
    141 castigation severe punishment
    142 catalyst substance that causes speeding up
    143 caustic biting sarcastic
    144 censure expression of blame or disapproval a rebuke
    145 centurion leader of a unit of 100 soldiers
    146 chary cautious wary
    147 chastened corrected punished
    148 chastisement punishment
    149 chauvinist a blindly devoted patriot
    150 chicanery legal trickery/false argument
    151 chisel steel tool for shaping materials
    152 churl bad-tempered person
    153 clamor shout complain with a lot of noise
    154 clientele customers
    155 clinch come to grips/settle conclusively
    156 cling to resist separation
    157 clot half-solid lump formed from liquid
    158 cloture closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting
    159 coagulation change to a thick and solid state
    160 coalescing coming together and uniting into one substance
    161 coax get smb to do something by kindness
    162 coda passage that completes a piece of music
    163 coddle treat with care and tenderness
    164 coerce compel to force to make obedient
    165 coeval of the same period coexisting
    166 cogent strong convincing
    167 cogitate think deeply mediate
    168 cognizant being fully aware of
    169 cohort a group or band of people
    170 colander bowl-shaped vessel with many holes used to drain off water
    171 collusion secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
    172 combustion process of burning
    173 commemorate keep the memory of
    174 commodious having plenty of space for what is needed
    175 commuter person who travels regularly
    176 complaisance tending to comply obliging willingness to please
    177 compunction feeling of regret for one’s action
    178 conceal hide keep secret
    179 conceit over-high opinion of too much pride
    180 conciliatory reconciling soothing comforting mollifying
    181 concord agreement or harmony
    182 concur agree in opinion happen together
    183 condense increase in density strength make laconic
    184 Conduce To bring about
    185 condone forgive
    186 congeal make or become stiff and solid
    187 conjoin to join together
    188 connoisseur a person with good judgement (e.g… in art)
    189 connotation suggestion in addition to
    190 consequential pompous self important
    191 console give comfort or sympathy to
    192 conspicuous easily seen remarkable
    193 consternation surprise and fear dismay
    194 constrain compel
    195 constrict make tight or smaller
    196 consume get to the end of
    197 consummate perfect/make perfect/complete
    198 contemn to scorn or despise
    199 contentious argumentative pugnacious combative quarrelsome
    200 contiguous touching neighboring near
    201 contrite filled with deep sorrow for wrongdoing
    202 contumacious insubordinate rebellious
    203 conundrum a riddle dilemma enigma
    204 conviction convincing firm belief
    205 convoke call together summon
    206 convoluted complicated coiled twisted
    207 cordial warm and sincere
    208 cordon line (of police acting as a guard)
    209 cornucopia abundant supply
    210 corporeal physical of or for the body
    211 correlate have a mutual relation
    212 corroboration additional strengthening evidence
    213 countenance to favor or approve of
    214 counterfeit forgery
    215 countervail counterbalance
    216 covert disguised
    217 covetous eagerly desirous
    218 cower crouch shrink back
    219 coy shy/modest (esp of a girl)
    220 crass very great (es. stupidity)
    221 cravat piece of linen worn as a necktie
    222 craven cowardly
    223 crease line made by crushing white line on the ground in cricket
    224 credulity too great a readiness to believe things
    225 credulous ready to believe things
    226 crush press lose shape subdue overwhelm
    227 cryptic secret with a hidden meaning
    228 cumbersome burdensome heavy and awkward to carry
    229 curmudgeon bad-tempered person
    230 curriculum course of study
    231 cursory quick hurried
    232 curtail make shorter then was planned
    233 dainty pretty/delicate(food)/difficult to please
    234 daunt intimidate make fearful
    235 dawdler person who is slow waste of time
    236 dearth shortage
    237 debacle a breakup overthrow sudden disaster
    238 decorum propriety properness
    239 decree order given by authority
    240 decry disapprove of
    241 defer postpone give way (to show respect)
    242 deferential showing respect
    243 defiance open disobedience or resistance
    244 delineate to portray depict sketch out
    245 deluge great flood heavy rush of water
    246 demagogue person appealing not to reasons
    247 demur to hesitate raise objections
    248 denigrate blacken belittle sully defame
    249 denouement an outcome or solution the unraveling of a plot
    250 deplete use until none remains
    251 deposition dethronement depositing
    252 deprave make morally bad corrupt
    253 deprecate protest against express disapproval of
    254 dereliction deserting and leaving to fall into ruins
    255 derision ridicule mockery deriding
    256 derivative unoriginal obtained from another source
    257 derogatory insulting tending to damage
    258 descry catch sight of see something in the distance
    259 desiccant substance used to absorb moisture
    260 desuetude cessation of use disuse
    261 desultory aimless haphazard digressing at random
    262 deter discourage hinder
    263 detraction slandering verbal attack aspersion
    264 detumescence diminishing or lessening of swelling
    265 deviance being different in moral standards (from normal)
    266 dexterity skill (esp. in handling)
    267 diaphanous transparent gauzy
    268 diatribe bitter and violent attack in words
    269 didactic intended to instruct
    270 diffidence shyness
    271 dilate speak comprehensively become wider large
    272 disallow refuse to allow or accept as a correct
    273 discern see with an effort but clearly
    274 discomfit confuse embarrass
    275 disconcert upset the self-possession of
    276 discountenance refuse to approve of
    277 discourse speech lecture
    278 discredit refuse to believe
    279 discreet careful/prudent
    280 discrete individually distinct
    281 disdain look on with contempt
    282 disencumber free from encumbrance
    283 disheveled untidy
    284 disingenuous sophisticated artful trying to deceive cunning
    285 disinter dig up from the earth
    286 dislodge move force from the place occupied
    287 dismal sad gloomy miserable
    288 disparate essentially different
    289 disproof proof to the contrary
    290 dissemble speak or behave so as to hide something (in mind)
    291 disseminate distribute (esp. ideas)
    292 dissent have a different opinion refuse to assent
    293 dissolution disintegration looseness in morals
    294 distraught distracted violently upset in mind
    295 divergence getting farther apart from a point
    296 divestiture taking off getting rid of giving up
    297 divulge make known something secret
    298 doggerel trivial poorly constructed verse
    299 dogmatic positive certain arbitrary without room for discussion
    300 dolt stupid fellow
    301 dormant in a state of inactivity but awaiting development
    302 dote show much fondness center one’s attention
    303 drawl slow way of speaking
    304 droll jesting
    305 drone male bee person who isn’t self-employed
    306 drowsiness feeling sleepy half asleep
    307 dubious feeling doubt
    308 dud no use person something that fails
    309 dulcet melodious harmonious
    310 dupe cheat make a fool of
    311 duplicity deliberate deception
    312 duress threats to compel smb
    313 dwarf person or smb much below the usual size
    314 dynamo a generator something that produces electric current
    315 earthenware dishes made of baked clay
    316 ebullience exuberance outburst of feeling
    317 ebullient overflowing with enthusiasm showing excitement
    318 ecumenical representing the whole Christian world
    319 edacious voracious devouring
    320 eddy circular or spiral movement (e.g… of wind)
    321 edible fit to be eaten/not poisonous
    322 effete infertile worn out weak
    323 efficacy production of a desired result
    324 effluvia outflow in a stream of particles a noxious odor or vapor
    325 effrontery boldness impudence arrogance
    326 egress way out exit
    327 elaborate worked out with much care in great detail
    328 elegy a lament a melancholy composition
    329 elicit draw out
    330 eloquence fluent speaking skillful use of language
    331 emaciate make thin and weak
    332 embellish make beautiful
    333 embezzle use in a wrong way for one’s own benefit
    334 emote stir up excite
    335 empirical relying on experiment
    336 encapsulate enclose in capsule
    337 encomium warm or glowing praise eulogy panegyric
    338 encumbrance burden things that get on the way of
    339 endearing making dear or liked
    340 endemic epidemic
    341 epiphany A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.
    342 endorse write one’s name on the back of
    343 enduring lasting
    344 enervate weaken deprive of strength attenuate
    345 engender cause produce give rise to
    346 engrave impress deeply
    347 engrossing taken up all the time or attention writing in large or formal
    348 engulf swallow up
    349 enigma something that is puzzling
    350 enmity hatred being an enemy
    351 ensign flag/badge
    352 entangle put into difficulties
    353 enthral please greatly/enslave (fig)
    354 entice tempt or persuade
    355 entreat ask earnestly
    356 enunciate pronounce (words)/express a theory
    357 enzyme catalyst
    358 epicurean devoted to pleasure (sensuous enjoyment)
    359 epistle letter
    360 epithet adjective
    361 epitome brief summary representative example a typical model
    362 equable steady regular
    363 equanimity calmness of temperament
    364 equilibrium state of being balanced
    365 equipoise equal distribution of weight equilibrium
    366 equivocal having a double or doubtful meaning suspicious
    367 equivocate try to deceive by equivocal language
    368 eradicate get rid of pull up by the roots
    369 erratic irregular in behaviour or opinion
    370 erudite learned scholarly
    371 eschew avoid
    372 esoteric abstruse intended only for a small circle of
    373 espouse marry give one’s support to
    374 eulogy formal praise panegyric
    375 euphoria elation state of pleasant excitement
    376 euthanasia easy and painless death
    377 evasive tending to evade
    378 evince to show clearly to indicate
    379 evoke call up bring out
    380 excoriation severe criticism
    381 exculpate to clear from a charge of guilt
    382 exhaustive complete thorough
    383 exigency emergency an urgent situation
    384 exoneration set smb clear free (e.g… from blame)
    385 exorbitant much too high or great
    386 expatiate to roam wander freely
    387 expedient likely to be useful for a purpose
    388 expiation ending expiring
    389 exploit brilliant achievement develop use selfishly
    390 expostulate argue earnestly to dissuade correct or protest
    391 expurgate to remove obscenity purify censor
    392 exscind to cut out cut away
    393 extant still in existence
    394 extempore without previous thought or preparation
    395 extenuate reduce the strength of lessen seriousness partially excuse
    396 extinct no longer active
    397 extinguish end the existence of/wipe or put out
    398 extirpate to destroy exterminate cut out exscind
    399 extol praise highly
    400 extort obtain by threats violence
    401 extralegal outside the law
    402 extricable that can be freed
    403 extrovert cheerful person
    404 exuberance state of growing vigorously being full of life
    405 facetious humorous funny jocular
    406 facile easily done
    407 fagged too tired, exhausted
    408 fallacious based on error
    409 falter waver/move in an uncertain manner
    410 fatuous without sense foolish self-satisfaction
    411 fawn young deer try to win smb’s favor
    412 feckless lacking purpose or vitality ineffective careless
    413 fecund fertile
    414 feint pretend
    415 felicitous apt suitably expressed well chosen apropos
    416 felon person guilty of murder
    417 ferment substance become excited
    418 ferocity savage cruelty
    419 ferret discover by searching search
    420 fervid showing earnest feeling
    421 fervor warmth of feelings earnestness
    422 fetid stinking
    423 fetter to shackle put in chains
    424 feud bitter quarrel over a long period of time
    425 fidelity loyalty accuracy
    426 fidget move restlessly make nervous
    427 figurehead carved image on the prow of a ship
    428 finesse delicate way of dealing with a situation
    429 finical too fussy about food clothing etc.
    430 finicky finical
    431 fission splitting or division (esp. of cells)
    432 fixate stare at
    433 flak criticism/anti-aircraft guns
    434 flamboyant brightly colored florid
    435 flaunting show off complacently
    436 flax pale yellow (hair) a plant
    437 fledged able to fly trained experienced
    438 fleet number of ships quick-moving
    439 flinch draw move back wince
    440 flop fail/move/fall clumsily
    441 florid very much ornamented naturally red (e.g… of face)
    442 flout reject mock to go against (as in going against tradition)
    443 fluke lucky stroke
    444 fluster make nervous or confused
    445 foible defect of character (a person is wrongly proud)
    446 foil prevent from carrying out contrast
    447 foment put something warm (to lessen the pain)
    448 foolproof incapable of failure or error
    449 foppish like a man who pays too much attention to his clothes
    450 forage food for horses and cattle
    451 forbear refrain from be patient ancestor
    452 forbearance patience willingness to wait
    453 ford shallow place in a river (to cross)
    454 forestall prevent by taking action in advance preempt
    455 forfeit suffer the loss of something
    456 forge workshop for the shaping of metal to shape metal lead
    457 forgery counterfeit
    458 forswear renounce disallow repudiate
    459 foster nurture care for
    460 fracas noisy quarrel
    461 fragile easily injured broken or destroyed
    462 fragrant sweet-smelling
    463 frantic wildly excited with joy pain anxiety
    464 frenetic frantic frenzied
    465 fret worry irritation wear away
    466 fringe edge ornamental border part of hair over the forehead
    467 froward intractable not willing to yield or comply stubborn
    468 frugal careful economical
    469 fulmination bitter protest
    470 fulsome disgusting offensive due to excessiveness
    471 gainsay to deny to oppose
    472 garble make unfair selection from facts
    473 garner to gather and save to store up
    474 garrulity talkativeness
    475 garrulous too talkative
    476 gaucherie socially awkward tactless behavior
    477 germane relevant pertinent to
    478 gist the point general sense
    479 glean gather facts in small quantities
    480 glib ready and smooth but not sincere
    481 glimmer weak/unsteady light
    482 gloat over look at with selfish delight
    483 glut supply to much fill to excess
    484 gnaw waste away bite steadily
    485 goad something urging a person to action
    486 gorge eat greedily/narrow opening with a stream
    487 gossamer soft light delicate material
    488 gouge tool for cutting grooves in wood
    489 gourmand a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
    490 grandiloquent using pompous words
    491 grave serious requiring consideration
    492 graze touch or scrape lightly in passing
    493 gregarious living in societies liking the company
    494 grievous causing grief or pain serious dire grave
    495 grovel crawl humble oneself
    496 guile deceit cunning
    497 gullible easily gulled
    498 gush burst out suddenly/talk ardently
    499 gust outburst of feeling sudden rain wind fire etc.
    500 hack cut roughly hired horse
    501 halcyon calm and peaceful
    502 hallow to make holy consecrate
    503 harangue a long passionate speech
    504 harbinger something or smb that foretells the coming of
    505 harrow to distress create stress or torment
    506 haughty arrogant conceited
    507 heed attention/give notice to
    508 heinous odious (of crime)
    509 heresy belief contrary to what is generally accepted
    510 hermetic sealed by fusion
    511 heterogeneous made up of different kinds
    512 hew make by hard work cut (by striking)
    513 highbrow (person) with superior tastes
    514 hirsute hairy shaggy
    515 hoax mischievous trick played on smb for a joke
    516 hoi polloi the masses the rabble
    517 hollow not soled with hole
    518 holster leather case for a pistol
    519 homiletics act of preaching
    520 hone stone used for sharpening tools
    521 hoodwink trick mislead
    522 hospitable liking to give hospitality
    523 hubris arrogant pride
    524 hush make or become silent
    525 husk worthless outside part of anything
    526 hypocrisy falsely making oneself appear to be good
    527 iconoclast person who attacks popular beliefs
    528 idiosyncrasy personal mannerism
    529 idolatry excessive admiration of
    530 idyll a carefree episode or experience
    531 ignoble dishonorable common undignified
    532 ignominious shameful dishonorable undignified disgraceful
    533 illicit unlawful forbidden
    534 imbroglio complicated and embarrassing situation
    535 immaculate pure faultless
    536 imminent likely to come or happen soon
    537 immutable that cannot be changed
    538 impair worsen diminish in value
    539 impassive unmoved feeling no sign of passion
    540 impecunious having little or no money
    541 impede hinder get in the way of
    542 impediment something that hinders (e.g. stammer)
    543 impending imminent being about to happen expected
    544 imperative urgent essential
    545 imperious commanding haughty arrogant
    546 impermeable that cannot be permeated
    547 imperturbable calm not capable of being excited
    548 impervious not allowing to pass through (of materials)
    549 imperviousness haughty arrogant commanding
    550 impetuous having sudden energy impulsive thrusting ahead forceful
    551 impiety lack of reverence or dutifulness
    552 implacable incapable of being placated unpleasable
    553 implicate show that smb has a share
    554 implicit implied though not plainly expressed
    555 implosion collapse bursting inward
    556 importune beg urgently solicit (of a prostitute)
    557 imprecation an invocation of evil a curse
    558 impromptu without preparation
    559 impudent rash indiscreet
    560 impugned challenged to be doubted
    561 impute to attribute to a cause or source ascribe
    562 inadvertent not paying proper attention
    563 inane silly senseless
    564 inasmuch since because
    565 incense make angry
    566 incessant often repeated continual
    567 inchoate not yet fully formed rudimentary elementary
    568 incipient beginning
    569 incise engrave make a cut in
    570 incite stir up rouse
    571 inclined directing the mind in a certain direction
    572 incongruous out of place not in harmony or agreement
    573 incorrigibility cannot be cured or corrected
    574 incredulous skeptical unwilling to believe
    575 inculcate fix firmly by repetition
    576 incumbents official duties
    577 incursion a raid a sudden attack
    578 indefatigability not easily exhaustible tirelessness
    579 indelible that cannot be rubbed out
    580 indigence poverty
    581 indigenous native
    582 indistinct not easily heard seen clearly marked
    583 indolence laziness
    584 indomitable not easily discouraged or subdued
    585 indulge gratify give way to satisfy allow oneself
    586 indulgent inclined to indulge
    587 ineffable to great to be described in words
    588 ineluctable certain inevitable
    589 inept unskillful said or done at the wrong time
    590 ineptitude quality of being unskillful
    591 inferno hell
    592 infuriate fill with fury or rage
    593 infuse put pour fill
    594 ingenuous naive young artless frank honest sincere
    595 ingest take in by swallowing
    596 inimical harmful or friendly
    597 inimitable defying imitation unmatchable
    598 innocuous causing no harm
    599 inscrutable incapable of being discovered or understood
    600 insensible unconscious unresponsive unaffected