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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.

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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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5 Responses to GRE Vocabulary- Wont: Another missing apostrophe

  1. Prasad N R March 31, 2018 at 11:13 am #

    wherewithal- Money; Where with all? How to do?; Means to accomplish something.

    I got this wrong as I hadn’t known “wherewithal”. Many of Magoosh’s simplifications actually help a lot. For example, definition of wherewithal as per Wiktionary: .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 2, 2018 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Prasad,

      We recommend that students use and to learn difficult vocabulary words. Both websites provide example sentences so that you can see the words in context!

  2. 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.

  3. 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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