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Dangerous GRE Vocabulary: Re- Doesn’t Always Mean Again!

Roots are not always your friends. In many cases, they can be downright misleading.For example, take the case of “‘re-“. It does not always mean again when added to the beginning of a word.


This does not mean to miss again. It means to be negligent in one’s duty.


Sounds like rest. It’s actually the opposite, and means restless.

The crowd grew restive as the comedian’s opening jokes fell flat (sorry, Charlie).


The verb pine means to yearn for. Like remiss, however, the addition of the prefix re- does not signify again. To repine means to complain or fret over something. Note: the verb pine can also mean to waste away.


You’ve probably guessed already that this does not mean to demonstrate again. To remonstrate means to make objections while pleading.

The mothers of the kidnapped victims remonstrated to the rogue government to release their children, claiming that the detention violated human rights.

Time for some Text Completion!

Many had complained that the president was known for boring, even —- speeches. Unsuprisingly, the president droned on in his latest speech as the crowd grew —-, and —- for a leader who would be able to galvanize, not bore, them.

Blank (i)

(A) inspiring

(B) bombastic

(C) soporific 

Blank (ii)

(A) rested

(B) restive

(C) remiss

Blank (iii)

(A) pined

(B) repined

(C) remonstrated

(Answer: C, B, A)

Did you get them all right? If not, don’t fret. Words with misleading roots can be some of the most important GRE vocab words to commit to memory.


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5 Responses to Dangerous GRE Vocabulary: Re- Doesn’t Always Mean Again!

  1. noor July 5, 2013 at 9:36 am #


    why do we use pined instead of repined. can you please elaborate?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi Noor,

      If you are unhappy about something, you will complain or repine about it. If you really want something, you will long for or pine for it.

      Hope that clears things up!

      • Noor July 10, 2013 at 8:57 am #

        Great explanation.

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele July 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

          You are welcome :)!

  2. gaurav December 1, 2011 at 12:28 am #


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