SAT/ACT Word List

Review the SAT/ACT vocabulary words that have appeared in Choices this year.

  • abnormal:
    not normal, average, standard, or usual; deviating from a standard (Jan. 2011)
  • absorb:
    to soak up or drink in (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • accessible:
    approachable (Sept. 2010)
  • accompany:
    to go with, or be associated with, as a companion (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • accommodation:
    a suitable adaptation or adjustment for convenience (Apr/May 2011)
  • acumen:
    keen insight; shrewdness (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • adverse:
    opposed to one's interests; harmful (Oct. 2010)
  • advocate:
    to be in favor of something (Oct. 2010)
  • agitate:
    to excite, disturb, or trouble; worry (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • ailment:
    a sickness (Sept. 2010)
  • alter:
    to make a change (Oct. 2010)
  • anxious:
    full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune (Apr/May 2011)
  • assertive:
    confident in stating your opinion or claim (Sept. 2010)
  • asset:
    a useful and desirable thing or quality (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • beneficial:
    helpful (Sept. 2010)
  • brittle:
    fragile (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • characteristic:
    a distinguishing feature or quality (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • complex:
    composed of many interconnected parts; compound; composite (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • component:
    a constituent element or part (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • compunction:
    feelings of shame and regret about having done something wrong (Sept. 2010)
  • courteous:
    having or showing good manners; polite (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • craving:
    an intense desire for something (Sept. 2010)
  • culprit:
    a guilty person (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • delirious:
    being in a state of excitement (Oct. 2010)
  • depression:
    sadness, gloom, dejection (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • deteriorate:
    to grow worse (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • diagnose:
    to determine the identity of a disease by medical examination (Jan. 2011)
  • differentiate:
    to form or mark differently from other such things; distinguish (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • discrimination:
    the act of favoring or disfavoring on a basis other than individual merit (Oct. 2010)
  • discipline:
    obedience training (Oct. 2010)
  • diverse:
    differing from one another (Apr/May 2011)
  • earnest:
    serious in intention, purpose, or effort (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • emaciated:
    marked by an abnormal thinness caused by inadequate nutrition or by disease (Apr/May 2011)
  • encouragement:
    inspiration with courage, hope, or strength of mind (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • energetic:
    possessing or exhibiting energy (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • enervate:
    to lessen the vitality or strength of (Jan. 2011)
  • enhance:
    to increase or improve in value (Sept. 2010)
  • eradicate:
    to destroy thoroughly (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • evolve:
    to develop gradually (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • exasperate:
    to irritate or provoke to a high degree; annoy to an extreme (Jan. 2011)
  • excess:
    that which passes the ordinary, proper, or required limit, measure, or experience (Sept. 2010)
  • excruciating:
    causing mental or physical anguish; greatly irritating (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • formidable:
    difficult to accomplish (Jan. 2011)
  • happy-go-lucky:
    happily unworried or unconcerned (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • illicit:
    not permitted; unlawful (Oct. 2010)
  • immune:
    exempt, as from disease (Oct. 2010)
  • impair:
    to cause to become less or worse (Sept. 2010)
  • improper:
    not appropriate, suitable, or becoming (Sept. 2010)
  • incentive:
    motivation to take action (Oct. 2010)
  • inebriated:
    intoxicated; drunk (Sept. 2010)
  • ingredient:
    something that enters as an element into a mixture (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • innocuous:
    harmless (Apr/May 2011)
  • inseparable:
    incapable of being separated (Oct. 2010)
  • irreversible:
    not reversible; incapable of being changed (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • interact:
    act together, toward, or with others (Sept. 2010)
  • interrupt:
    to stop while in progress
  • laxative:
    a medicine or agent for relieving constipation (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • misunderstanding:
    a failure to understand or interpret someone's words or
    behavior correctly (Jan. 2011)
  • nausea:
    a feeling of sickness in the stomach especially when accompanied by a distaste for food and an impulse to vomit (Jan. 2011)
  • obesity:
    the state of being excessively overweight (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • passive:
    tending not to participate actively (Sept. 2010)
  • perspective:
    the relative importance of facts or matters from any special point of view (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • perturbed:
    greatly disturbed (Sept. 2010)
  • pleasurable:
    enjoyable (Sept. 2010)
  • potent:
    very strong; powerful (Oct. 2010)
  • predisposition:
    a likeliness toward something, often a disease, arising from a hereditary factor; tendency (Oct. 2010)
  • preferable:
    more desirable (Jan. 2011)
  • prejudice:
    a negative opinion formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge is obtained (Oct. 2010)
  • probation:
    a method of dealing with offenders of the law, especially young people guilty of less serious crimes or first offenses, that allows them to avoid jail but be under supervision of a probation officer (Jan. 2011)
  • proceed:
    to carry on or continue any action or process (Jan. 2011)
  • rapid:
    occurring within a short time; happening speedily (Feb/Mar. 2011)
  • relentlessly:
    showing no signs of stopping or lessening in intensity; persistently (Sept. 2010)
  • skepticism:
    an attitude of doubt toward something (Oct. 2010)
  • simultaneously:
    existing, occurring, or operating at the same time; concurrently (Apr/May 2011)
  • sociable:
    inclined to seek company (Sept. 2010)
  • soluble:
    capable of being dissolved, as in a fluid (Apr/May 2011)
  • spectrum:
    a continuous series or sequence of related ideas or objects (Jan. 2011)
  • squabble:
    to argue (Oct. 2010)
  • stimulate:
    to excite to activity (Sept. 2010)
  • succinct:
    expressed in few words; concise; terse (Jan. 2011)
  • suspicious:
    inclined to doubt or mistrust (Sept. 2010)
  • taut:
    not loose or flabby (Oct. 2010)
  • temporary:
    lasting for a short time only (Jan. 2011)
  • tolerance:
    sympathy for or indulgence of beliefs or practices different from or conflicting with one's own (Oct. 2010)
  • treacherous:
    dangerous; hazardous (Jan. 2011)
  • typical:
    serving as a type or representative specimen (Jan. 2011)
  • unique:
    being the only one of its kind (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • vehement:
    zealous, ardent, impassioned (Nov/Dec. 2010)
  • visualize:
    to see or form a mental image of (Oct. 2010)

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