GMAT Vocabulary List
(v.) solemnly ordered
The jurors were adjured by the judge to make a fair decision.
(adj.) expert or skillful
The repair was not difficult for the adroit craftsman.
The driver's adroit driving avoided a serious accident.
(n.) praise in excess
The adulation was in response to the heroic feat.
The adulation given to the movie star was sickening.
(v.) to corrupt, debase, or make impure
The dumping of chemicals will adulterate the pureness of the lake.
(n.) an enemy; foe
The peace treaty united two countries that were historically great
(adj.) negative; hostile; antagonistic; inimical
Contrary to the ski resort's expectations, the warm weather generated
adverse conditions for a profitable weekend.
(v.; n.) to plead in favor of; supporter; defender
Amnesty International advocates the cause for human rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great advocate of civil rights.
(adj.) of beauty; pertaining to taste in art and beauty
She found that her aesthetic sense and that of the artist were at odds.
His review made one wonder what kind of aesthetic taste the critic had.
(adj.) friendly; amiable; good-natured
Her affable puppy loved to play with children.
(v.) to connect or associate with; to accept as a member
The hiking club affiliated with the bird-watching club.
(n.) a connection; similarity of structure
There is a strong emotional affinity between the two siblings.
It turns out that the elements bear a strong affinity to each other.
(v.) to make more powerful
The king wanted to aggrandize himself and his kingdom.
(adj.) astonished; amazed; horrified; terrified; appalled
Stockholders were aghast at the company's revelation.
The landlord was aghast at his water bill.
(adj.) of the land
Many agrarian people are poor.
(n.) eager readiness or speed
The manager was so impressed by the worker's alacrity; he suggested a
On the first day of her new job, the recent college graduate was able to
leave early after completing all of her tasks with alacrity.
(n.) a person who studies chemistry
The alchemist's laboratory was full of bottles and tubes of strange
(n.) any mysterious change of substance or nature
The magician used alchemy to change the powder into a liquid
(n.) a symbolic description
The book contained many allegories on Russian history.
(v.) to lessen or make easier
The airport's monorail alleviates vehicular traffic.
(v.) set aside; designate; assign
There have been front row seats allocated to the performer's family.
The farmer allocated three acres of his fields to corn.
(v.) to refer indirectly to something
The story alludes to part of the author's life.
Without stating that the defendant was an ex-convict, the prosecutor
alluded to the fact by mentioning his length of unemployment.
(v.; n.) to attract; entice; attraction; temptation; glamour
The romantic young man allured the beautiful woman by preparing a
Singapore's allure is its bustling economy.
(n.) an indirect reference (often literary); a hint
The mention of the pet snake was an allusion to the man's sneaky ways.
In modern plays allusions are often made to ancient drama.
(adj.) distant in interest; reserved; cool
Even though the new coworker was aloof, we attempted to be friendly.
The calm defendant remained aloof when he was wrongly accused of
fabricating his story.
(n.) controversy; dispute
A serious altercation caused the marriage to end in a bitter divorce.
(n.) unselfish devotion to the welfare of others
After the organization aided the catastrophe victims, it was given an
award for altruism.
She displayed such altruism by giving up all of her belongings and joining
a peace corps in Africa.
The altruistic volunteer donated much time and energy in an effort to
raise funds for the children's hospital.
(n.) a mixture or combination (often of metals)
The art display was an amalgam of modern and traditional pieces.
That ring is made from an amalgam of minerals; if it were pure gold it
would never hold its shape.
(v.) to mix, merge, combine
If the economy does not grow, the business may need to amalgamate
with a rival company.
The three presidents decided to amalgamate their businesses to build
one strong company.
(v.) to collect together; accumulate
Over the years the sailor has amassed many replicas of boats.
The women amassed a huge collection of priceless diamonds and pearls.
(adj.) not clear; uncertain; vague
The ambiguous law did not make a clear distinction between the new and
old land boundary.
The ambivalent jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.
(v.) to improve or make better
A consistent routine of exercise has shown to ameliorate health.
We can ameliorate the flooding problem by changing the grading.
(n.) a positive change
The amendment in his ways showed there was still reason for hope.