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SAT vocabulary: forsake

What does forsake mean? Read below for the definition.

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forsake most nearly means

(A) inter (B) err (C) try (D) forswear (E) aim

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Part of Speech of forsake

forsake is a VERB.

Pronunciation forsake

Here’s how to pronounce forsake:

IPA: /fɔr.ˈseɪk/

Glossary-style: [fawr-SAYK]

Definition of forsake

forsake means: give up, leave, or abandon (Ex: to forsake money to continue one’s education).

SAT Vocab: forsake
This father and daughter have been forsaken.
Explain more about forsake, please

forsake basically means to give something up, especially when doing so is difficult or unexpected. For example, you could forsake your homeland for a new country or forsake a friendship in order to get something you want.

Example of forsake

Here’s the word forsake used in a sentence:

I decided to forsake several years of earnings at my job to get an MBA; I believed that doing so would benefit me in the long run.

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SAT vocabulary: emaciated

What does emaciated mean? Read below for the definition.

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emaciated most nearly means

(A) skeletal (B) old (C) young (D) dire (E) odd

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Part of Speech of emaciated

emaciated is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation emaciated

Here’s how to pronounce emaciated:

IPA: /ɪ.ˈmeɪ.ʃi.eɪ.tɪd/

Glossary-style: [ih-MAY-shee-ay-tihd]

Definition of emaciated

emaciated means: extremely thin as a result of hunger or disease (Ex: emaciated by disease). physically weak.

SAT Vocab: emaciated
An emaciated horse. Poor horse.
Explain more about emaciated, please

emaciated simply means extremely skinny (unhealthily so) as a result of hunger or disease. For example, if there is no food, people or animals become “skin and bones”, as we say. You know how sometimes you see an animal or a person who is so skinny that you can see all of his bones through his skin? That’s emaciated. It’s kind of a sad word, but one you need to know.

Example of emaciated

Here’s the word emaciated used in a sentence:

A hard winter of very little food left the the unlucky wolves starved to death, while the luckier ones were merely emaciated.

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SAT vocabulary: entreat

What does entreat mean? Read below for the definition.

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entreat most nearly means

(A) beseech (B) proffer (C) scold (D) deny (E) affix

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Part of Speech of entreat

entreat is a VERB.

Pronunciation entreat

Here’s how to pronounce entreat:

IPA: /ɛn.ˈtrit/

Glossary-style: [ehn-TREET]

Definition of entreat

entreat means: make a request (of a person) earnestly; implore, plead, beg (Ex: to entreat passersby for money).

Vocab word entreat
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Explain more about entreat, please

entreat essentially means to ask somebody for something with great passion, desire, earnestness, etc. In other words, if you entreat someone, you really, really want something from her or him.

You know how we sometimes talk about begging somebody for something? Like “I begged my mother for a new qPhone (or whatever the latest must-have device may be).” That’s entreat. entreat is more formal and precise, but much less used in everyday speech.

Example of entreat

Here’s the word entreat used in a sentence:

During the sentencing phase of the trial, the mother of the convicted thief entreated the judge for mercy, explaining that her son had had a difficult childhood and was a good boy at heart.

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SAT vocabulary: asperity

What does asperity mean? Read below for the definition.

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asperity most nearly means

(A) aid (B) delay (C) rancor (D) gap (E) deluge

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Part of Speech of asperity

asperity is a NOUN.

Pronunciation asperity

Here’s how to pronounce asperity:

IPA: /ə.ˈspɛ.rə.ti/

Glossary-style: [uh-SPEH-ruh-tee]

Definition of asperity

asperity means: harshness or bitterness of manner, behavior, or speech (Ex: The judge spoke to the criminal with asperity).

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An angry cat with some angry birds, all showing various degrees of ASPERITY. (Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mseckington/)

Explain more about asperity, please

asperity may sound like a highfalutin (great word that), but the meaning is relatively simple–it means a kind of anger that someone feels or expresses towards others in some situations. For example, if you’re angry with someone, you may speak with asperity, either purposely or unconsciously, by using a loud voice, by frowning or scowling, or by being unfriendly.

Example of asperity

Here’s the word asperity used in a sentence:

We could not help but speak with asperity to the people who had vandalized the tree house we’d spent three weeks building.

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SAT vocabulary: translucent

What does translucent mean? Read below for the definition.

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translucent most nearly means

(A) bright (B) tepid (C) semi-opaque (D) lofty (E) finite

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Part of Speech of translucent

translucent is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation translucent

Here’s how to pronounce translucent:

IPA: /trænz.ˈlu.sənt/

Glossary-style: [trahnz-LOO-suhnt]

Definition of translucent

translucent means: not completely clear or completely opaque; transmitting light, but diffusing it such that objects are not clear (Ex: translucent curtains).

Translucent Glass Door
Translucent glass; the glass diffuses the light. (Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/masochismtango/)
Explain more about translucent, please

translucent simply means allowing light to pass through, but not completely or perfectly. For example, typical glass (like that you’d see in the windows of a car) allows most light to pass through relatively undistorted–you can see objects behind the glass very clearly. But if glass is translucent, then it doesn’t allow all the light to pass through in the same way that the windshield of a car does; rather, it diffuses the light in such a way that objects behind the glass are harder to see or make out. A perfect example is frosted glass, which is used, among other reasons, for privacy.

Example of translucent

Here’s the word translucent used in a sentence:

The woman wore a translucent silk scarf over her face to the Halloween party to make it hard to guess her identity while still allowing her to see others.

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SAT vocabulary: vie

What does vie mean? Read below for the definition.

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vie most nearly means

(A) fail (B) contend (C) dissimilate (D) use (E) peruse

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Part of Speech of vie

vie is a VERB.

Pronunciation vie

Here’s how to pronounce vie:

IPA: /vaɪ/

Glossary-style: [vai]

Definition of vie

vie means: compete for victory or superiority with (Ex: to vie for first place). contend; compete.

Children Running
Happy children racing. Vying for first place? (Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/easylocum/)
Explain more about vie, please

vie is a relatively easy word–it simply means compete or compete for. That’s really all there is to it. So, you can vie for victory, you can vie with a competitor to win, you can vie for the championship, etc.

Example of vie

Here’s the word vie used in a sentence:

While little Johnny was vying for the attention of little Susie, little Susie’s thoughts were occupied with daydreams of a life with little Julie.

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SAT vocabulary: discredit

What does discredit mean? Read below for the definition.

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discredit most nearly means

(A) bolster (B) limn (C) ease (D) pen (E) disprove

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Part of Speech of discredit

discredit is a VERB and a NOUN.

Pronunciation discredit

Here’s how to pronounce discredit:

IPA: /dɪs.ˈkrɛ.dɪt/

Glossary-style: [dihs-KREH-diht]

Definition of discredit

discredit means: verb: damage in reputation (Ex: to discredit a politician). cause somebody to mistrust or disbelieve someone or something (Ex: to discredit a theory). noun: loss of respect or reputation; distrust (Ex: Lying on his college application was a discredit to his name.)

Scott Walker
This man has been discredited. (Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/egovsego/)
Explain more about discredit, please

discredit is a fairly easy word, especially when you understand that the root of the word, cred means believe. To discredit is simply to reduce or remove entirely the credibility of someone or something. For example, you could discredit a scientist by proving his theory wrong, or you could discredit an author by digging up research or evidence that shows that he embellished, exaggerated, or just plain lied about something in his writings.

For example, Greg Mortenson, author of the best-seller Three Cups of Tea, which details the author’s humanitarian efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, was discredited by the popular and influential television series 60 Minutes in 2011. The journalist Steve Kroft accused Mortenson of exaggerating or fabricating many of the events in his book, including exaggerating the number of schools his foundation had built and worse, of misappropriating funds earned from donations by his charity.

Example of discredit

Here’s the word discredit used in a sentence:

The notion that caffeine stunts one’s growth has been repeatedly discredited, but parents still tell their children this, perhaps so that they will not develop a bad coffee-habit or consume sugary soft drinks, many of which contain caffeine.

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SAT vocabulary: extort

What does extort mean? Read below for the definition.

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extort most nearly means

(A) blackmail (B) endure (C) perish (D) stay (E) dry up

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Part of Speech of extort

extort is a(n) 4.

Pronunciation extort

Here’s how to pronounce extort:

IPA: /ɪk.ˈstɔrt/

Glossary-style: [ihk-STOHRT]

Definition of extort

extort means: obtain something from somebody, especially money, using threats, intimidation, or coercion (Ex: to extort “protection money” from shop owners).

An envelope with a blackmail note on it.
Blackmail is a way to extort people.
Explain more about extort, please

To extort is to get something from someone against his will, especially by intimidation. For example, if someone says, “Give me your money, or I’ll punch you in the face”, that’s extortion.

A common form of extortion (the noun form of extort), at least in American mob movies, is so-called protection money. In this scam, criminals tell shopkeepers that they need to pay them a certain amount of money per month or week in order to remain safe from unsavory characters, when in fact it’s the criminals themselves who will do the damage to the stores if the shopkeepers don’t pay up.

Example of extort

Here’s the word extort used in a sentence:

I thought my mother was extorting me by threatening to take away my video games if I didn’t maintain a 4.0 GPA, but she claimed it was just good parenting to put grades first.

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SAT vocabulary: curb

What does curbmean? Read below for the definition.

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curb most nearly means

(A) induce (B) check (C) harm (D) resolve (E) aim

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Part of Speech of curb

curb can be a NOUN or a VERB, depending on the context.

Pronunciation curb

Here’s how to pronounce curb:

IPA: /kɜrb/

Glossary-style: [kuhrb]

Definition of curb

curb means: noun: something that restrains or limits. a bit placed in the mouth of a horse to control it. the edge between a sidewalk and a roadway. verb: limit, restrict (Ex: curb one’s appetite). keep close to the curb of a roadway. lead a dog to the curb of a roadway so that it can excrete waste.

Explain more about curb, please
Whoa stop sign
Whoa, Nellie!

curb is one of those words that’s pretty common in English, but has a lot of different meanings ranging from simple, everyday ones to harder, less common ones. Of course, we may think of the curb of a sidewalk when we think of curb, but the meaning I want to focus on today is the one that is used to describe the action of holding back, limiting, or restraining. So, curbin this sense means to hold back. For example, you may talk about curbing your appetite (for example, by chewing gum or drinking coffee).

There is an American television series that shows on the cable channel HBO called “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (created by Larry David, more famously the creator of the iconic “Seinfeld” television series of the 1990s). One way to interpret the title of this television show is “don’t be so happy”. Funny or sad? You decide.

Example of curb

Here’s the word curb used in a sentence:

During difficult economic times, people often curb their spending in order to save money.

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SAT vocabulary: wily

Wile E. Coyote
The wily Wile E. Coyote

What does wily mean? Read below for the definition.

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wily most nearly means

(A) sly (B) slippery (C) slovenly (D) sleepy (E) slick

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Part of Speech of wily

wily is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation wily

Here’s how to pronounce wily:

IPA: /ˈwaɪ.li/

Glossary-style: [WY-lee]

Definition of wily

wily means: able to deceive skillfully or cleverly; sneaky (Ex: a wily businessman).

Explain more about wily, please

wily basically means sneaky, tricky, clever, etc. If someone is wily, then you need to be careful with him lest he take advantage of you in some way.

The word wily definitely has negative connotations, so the word would be more likely to describe someone engaging in unethical behavior than ethical.

Of course, many of us cannot think of the word wily without thinking of Wile E. Coyote, the arch nemesis of the Road Runner, from the Looney Toons animated cartoon from Warner Bros.

Example of wily

Here’s the word wily used in a sentence:

The wily con artist was able to deceive people for decades before finally being outed as a cheat.

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