Change is great. Well, at least some change. So, I’m trying out a little experiment. Instead of defining a word, I’m putting the example sentence first so you can try to derive the meaning of the word yourself. That way, there’ll be slightly more neural strain as you try to figure it out. And with neural strain, or trying to figure something out, you are more likely to remember it. I hope you like the new format.
Let me know what you think!
His bent for teasing out logical subtleties and inconsistencies made him a perfect fit for the philosophy department.
The definition I’m focusing on here as nothing to do with yoga. Having a bent (n.) at something is having a special talent or ability. A person with a musical bent will be able to hear a piece of music and possibly play it by ear. A person with a lexical bent will likely know the definition of the word bent and the ones that follow.
Saying that a person is either a math person or a verbal person is too neat of a distinction since many excel at both, and some, sadly, excel at neither.
Neat, in this sense, describes something that, for convenience’s sake, is overly simplified. Saying, for instance, that the GRE tests secondary definition is a little too neat for me. Many of these words have third, even fourth, definitions. Neat is exactly one such word. Hopefully, my examples weren’t neat, in that they overlooked some of the subtleties of this definition.
For those just beginning test prep, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between ETS-produced reading passages and those available for free from third parties online; for those who’ve prepped for many months, there is a definite albeit nice distinction in the quality of passages.
Nice has three definitions. One of which a 3-year old knows; one which the GRE wants you to know; and one that has become archaic and that the GRE doesn’t really care about (that would be nice meaning fastidious and nitpicky). The definition you
should know for the GRE is fine and subtle (the word is often collocated with distinction). In this sense, it is the opposite of neat, which connotes a disregarding of subtleties in order to make thing seem coherent and tidy.
A literary celebrity is fawned over by acolytes in much the same way a pop star is—though said fawners tend to be much older in the former case.
We are not talking about an afternoon of a fawn. The second definition of the word is a verb meaning to flatter in an exaggerated way because you complete adore somebody or something.
The tornado was so powerful that it rent the ramshackle home from the earth, sending it catapulting into the chaos above.
It’s a musical, it’s due every month, and, as you can guess from the sentence above, it’s also a verb. But it’s not any kind of verb: it’s the past tense of the verb rend, which means to tear forcefully, usually into pieces.
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