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Tricky GRE Words

The following GRE vocabulary words all have common definitions, but they’re tricky because they also have some not-so-common definitions. The Revised GRE cares about the latter, of course. Make sure you know the second definition of these words. Better yet, feel free to pepper (second definition) your conversation with these words.   Stem To stem […]

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GRE Vocabulary List: Words with Multiple Meanings

GRE vocabulary can be tricky, because many words have double meanings. But, there are some words that have triple, or even quadruple, meanings. In honor of the Greek god Proteus, known for his ability to change shape at will (and who bequeathed us the GRE word protean), I will call these multiple definition words Proteus words […]

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Secondary Meanings Vocabulary List: 10 Words You Must Know for the GRE

In a recent post, I mentioned the importance of identifying part of speech on a verbal question. Doing so will help you determine whether the question is testing the secondary meaning of any of the words. Now it’s time to talk about some of the most common secondary meanings in GRE vocabulary. 1. Tender Tender […]

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GRE Vocabulary List: Double Trouble Secondary Meanings

What do the following words have in common? Essay, Flag, List, Appropriate The answer: they are verbs. I should also add that each word has another meaning very different from the usual meaning. In this case, that secondary definition happens to be a verb. So, Uh, Which Definition Are They Testing… For each question, whether […]

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Don’t Get Caught! Know Your Secondary Definitions

Take a crack at the following antonym: PATENT (A) inconspicuous (B) stubborn (C) consistent (D) unheralded (E) illegal Hey, What’s the Deal?!? The GRE has long been fond of testing words that have secondary meanings. Oftentimes, we encounter an antonym such as the one above, and we are stymied. None of the answer choices work, […]

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Ever seen a double-faced word?

Imagine there existed a word that had two definitions, and these two definitions were the opposite of each other. Hot could mean either hot or cold. A tall person could be either a giant or a midget. Sounds like something out of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. Yet such words exist in the English language. […]

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