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GRE Vocabulary- Wont: Another missing apostrophe


This word has nothing to do with won’t. It is an adjective, not a verb. And it is almost opposite from won’t. For if someone is wont to do something, he or she is accustomed or likely to do it.

e.g. He is wont to studying late at night, sometimes as late as 3 in the morning.

A related word is unwonted, and is basically opposite in meaning to wont. Unwonted means atypical, not customary. Unwonted usually isn’t used to describe an action(s), but is used to modify an abstract noun/quality, as in the example below.

For someone so timid, she spoke with unwonted flair, dazzling those who usually slept during her lectures.


(A) stubborn : obstinacy

(B) critical : discernment

(C) penurious : wherewithal

(D) intrepid : resolve

(E) harmful : truth

Answer: If you are wont you LACK unfamiliarity. (C) has this same relationship—if you are penurious you lack wherewithal, or money.

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3 Responses to GRE Vocabulary- Wont: Another missing apostrophe

  1. Huan-Lin Chang August 26, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    This problem is extremely hard for me. But thanks to your explanation, now I get it.

  2. Afgarner1980 February 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Hey Chris – Great post! How do you pronounce “wont”. Is it pronounced the same as “want”? Thanks!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris February 7, 2011 at 1:00 am #

      Yes, wont is pronounced the same way as want. A good resource on pronunciations is Each word entry has a little icon. When you click on a human voice reads the word.

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