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SAT Vocab Monday: Words to Bolster Your Brain

Hello, and welcome to SAT Monday! 🙂

Today, you’ll learn new words that have to do with strengthening (or weakening!). First watch the video above, and then check out the word list below for more review:


The second paragraph underscores the author’s point that =

The second paragraph emphasizes the author’s point that



One way to bolster your memory of the word bolster is to mention it over and over again.

I should probably mention it again. Bolster!

Random fact: if you switch the ‘b’ and the ‘l’, you get lobster.



Commonly misused word!

I was not at the scene of the murder—I refute that charge. WRONG.

Refute does not mean to deny; it means to disprove.

One way to refute somebody who disagrees with you is to show that person the dictionary. Refuting Webster is like trying to kick over the Empire State Building, using your big toe.


Concede – admit that something is true after first denying it

About five years, my friend made fun of this kid on Youtube singing all these songs. “This guy will never catch on.”

That guy was Justin Bieber.

So, as much as my friends loathes just about everything regarding the Bieb, he concedes that he was totally wrong. There are now probably a billion “Beliebers.”

Concession – useful noun

Elsa: You are such a conceded brat!

Anna: You mean conceited. Conceded should not to be confused with conceited, which means stuck up and full of oneself.

Elsa: As much I dislike you, I must concede that you are correct.



To weaken, in terms of an argument.

His argument that

Undermine also can mean to try to weaken somebody’s authority or ability to act. This usage is similar to the word sabotage.

Stacy undermined Rebecca, the class president hopeful, by spreading malicious lies about her infatuation with Chia pets, the day before votes were to be cast.

Not-so important fact: the opposite of “undermine” is not “over yours”


About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 8 million views.

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One Response to “SAT Vocab Monday: Words to Bolster Your Brain”

  1. Kristin Fracchia Kristin Keating says:

    I laughed out loud at these entertaining examples. Which never ever ever happens; I pride myself on stoic video watching.

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