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Vocab Wednesday: Words from the GRE Official Guide, Second Edition

ETS has just released the Second Edition of the Official Guide. What does that mean for us? Well, a complete new GRE test at the back of the book, and, you guessed it, more vocabulary.

The words below are taken from the second test at the back of the book (the first test is the same as the test from the first edition).

We also have free video explanations for all of the questions in the new book here. Enjoy!


To support (often modifies theory in GRE).

Recent and drastic extremes in weather do little to bolster the claim of those that the proverbial ‘bad weather’ is nothing more than a mere aberration.



To hold back; restrain

Despite her numerous setbacks along the grueling trail, her enthusiasm to conquer the looming summit remained unbridled; so intent was she on becoming the first woman to ever scale the peak.



To treat as a celebrity

Successful Olympic athletes do more than take home a chunk of metal; upon returning to their respective lands they are lionized by the media, which treat them as superheroes.



(n.) – a noisy, bitter dispute

The recent row on the Congress floor was to be expected given the contentious nature of the bill at hand.



Objective; impartial

She felt strong on many of the pressing issues of the day and found it difficult to remain dispassionate.



More than is needed

He added superfluous details to his testimony, so the prosecutor urged him to stick to relevant facts.


Require much energy and concentration; exacting

The trek was so arduous that even those who were extremely fit were unable to summit on the first day.



Relating to the mind

While he enjoyed chatting about current events, he began to feel out of his element around his cerebral friend Tom, who always questioned the philosophical underpinnings of any position.



Dull, monotonous

Life in the suburbs can become remarkably humdrum for one accustomed to life in an urban environment.



Sad, let down

She had hoped to attend the singer’s opening night performance, so she was crestfallen after learning that the singer had canceled his tour. 

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17 Responses to Vocab Wednesday: Words from the GRE Official Guide, Second Edition

  1. Ashish Anil bait August 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    I have only few days in my hand for preparation. I have done 333 barons word list. 1000 word list is still remained. So I just want to ask you is vocabulary given in official guide of gre enough in my case?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi Ashish,

      I’m happy to help 🙂

      This is a good question but one that’s tough to answer! Remember that the GRE is not a vocabulary test, so there’s no set number of word you should memorize for the GRE. It really all depends on you. Whether or not your current vocabulary level is enough depends entirely on your starting vocabulary—the GRE can include many, many other words than what is in our list (or any list) of GRE vocabulary, which is why reading extensively is VERY important no matter what level your vocabulary is at. 🙂

      Again, try not to think of the GRE as a simple vocabulary test. In part, the GRE tests English vocab in general, not just “GRE words,” and even then, there’s more involved! Throughout the verbal section, you’ll face twisted, complicated sentences, often even filled with really easy vocabulary. You need to be able to decipher these. My recommendation is to finish the flashcards and worry more about getting as much reading practice in as possible between now and your test day.

      I hope this helps! 🙂

      • Ashish Anil bait August 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

        Yup. Thanx

  2. Santoshkalyan August 4, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Hy. Chris..

    Bridle & Row

    Two new words.



    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      You are welcome! And don’t forget ‘unbridled’ :).

  3. Aman August 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Aha there is a new word …bridle..
    Rest I remember

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      And don’t forget ‘unbridled.’

  4. Aman August 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    I guess words are almost the same as used earlier…
    Btw I heard that the 2 nd edition included 4 new practice tests (not sure if they’re paper based or online) .
    Are they the same or different? If they are different I would like to buy the new edition for my gre on August 13th

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      Hi Aman,

      Two of the practice tests are PowerPrep tests. One of them is the same PowerPrep test from last year. As for the two paper-based tests, one is the same as the test from the1st Edition.

      • Aman August 3, 2012 at 4:19 am #

        Are these all the words encountered by you or just a subset of words..?

        • Chris Lele
          Chris August 6, 2012 at 11:26 am #

          These are subset of words in the new Official Guide :).

  5. To August 2, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Do I need to buy the new version of this book if I already have the old one?

    How much improvement does ETS make in each section of this book
    compared with the latter version?

    I have just found your blog, and I believe I am so lucky because all tips, techniques, and book reviews give me knowledge to tackle the test. Right now I am one of your big fans, so please keep doing your good work.

    Thanks alot,

  6. Paola August 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Have you’ve done a review of the newer edn of The OG? If so where can I find it?

  7. Varun August 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    So, what do you say, should we go for the recent second edition, is it worth buying?
    Are changes major or minor.

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