SAT Vocabulary Words 8

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Approximately 5000 vocabulary words that should be memorized before taking the SAT. This lesson is broken into 26 parts.

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dissemble

dissemble (v)
To hide by pretending something different.

disseminate

disseminate (v)
To sow or scatter abroad, as seed is sown.

dissension

dissension (n)
Angry or violent difference of opinion.

dissent

dissent (n)
Disagreement.

dissentient

dissentient (n)
One who disagrees.

dissentious

dissentious (adj)
Contentious.

dissertation

dissertation (n)
Thesis.

disservice

disservice (n)
An ill turn.

dissever

dissever (v)
To divide.

dissimilar

dissimilar (adj)
Different.

dissipate

dissipate (v)
To disperse or disappear.

dissipation

dissipation (n)
The state of being dispersed or scattered.

dissolute

dissolute (adj)
Lewd.

dissolution

dissolution (n)
A breaking up of a union of persons.

dissolve

dissolve (v)
To liquefy or soften, as by heat or moisture.

dissonance

dissonance (n)
Discord.

dissonant

dissonant (adj)
Harsh or disagreeable in sound.

dissuade

dissuade (v)
To change the purpose or alter the plans of by persuasion, counsel, or pleading.

dissuasion

dissuasion (n)
The act of changing the purpose of or altering the plans of through persuasion, or pleading.

disyllable

disyllable (n)
A word of two syllables.

distemper

distemper (n)
A disease or malady.

distend

distend (v)
To stretch out or expand in every direction.

distensible

distensible (adj)
Capable of being stretched out or expanded in every direction.

distention

distention (n)
Expansion.

distill

distill (v)
To extract or produce by vaporization and condensation.

distillation

distillation (n)
Separation of the more volatile parts of a substance from those less volatile.

distiller

distiller (n)
One occupied in the business of distilling alcoholic liquors.

distinction

distinction (n)
A note or designation of honor, officially recognizing superiority or success in studies.

distort

distort (v)
To twist into an unnatural or irregular form.

distrain

distrain (v)
To subject a person to distress.

distrainor

distrainor (n)
One who subjects a person to distress.

distraught

distraught (adj)
Bewildered.

distrust

distrust (n)
Lack of confidence in the power, wisdom, or good intent of any person.

disunion

disunion (n)
Separation of relations or interests.

diurnal

diurnal (adj)
Daily.

divagation

divagation (n)
Digression.

divergent

divergent (adj)
Tending in different directions.

diverse

diverse (adj)
Capable of various forms.

diversion

diversion (n)
Pastime.

diversity

diversity (n)
Dissimilitude.

divert

divert (v)
To turn from the accustomed course or a line of action already established.

divertible

divertible (adj)
Able to be turned from the accustomed course or a line of action already established.

divest

divest (v)
To strip, specifically of clothes, ornaments, or accouterments or disinvestment.

divination

divination (n)
The pretended forecast of future events or discovery of what is lost or hidden.

divinity

divinity (n)
The quality or character of being godlike.

divisible

divisible (adj)
Capable of being separated into parts.

divisor

divisor (n)
That by which a number or quantity is divided.

divulge

divulge (v)
To tell or make known, as something previously private or secret.

divulgence

divulgence (n)
A divulging.

docile

docile (adj)
Easy to manage.

docket

docket (n)
The registry of judgments of a court.

doe

doe (n)
The female of the deer.

dogma

dogma (n)
A statement of religious faith or duty formulated by a body claiming authority.

dogmatic

dogmatic (adj)
Making statements without argument or evidence.

dogmatize

dogmatize (v)
To make positive assertions without supporting them by argument or evidence.

doleful

doleful (adj)
Melancholy.

dolesome

dolesome (adj)
Melancholy.

dolor

dolor (n)
Lamentation.

dolorous

dolorous (adj)
Expressing or causing sorrow or pain.

domain

domain (n)
A sphere or field of action or interest.

domesticity

domesticity (n)
Life in or fondness for one's home and family.

domicile

domicile (n)
The place where one lives.

dominance

dominance (n)
Ascendancy.

dominant

dominant (adj)
Conspicuously prominent.

dominate

dominate (v)
To influence controllingly.

domination

domination (n)
Control by the exercise of power or constituted authority.

domineer

domineer (v)
To rule with insolence or unnecessary annoyance.

donate

donate (v)
To bestow as a gift, especially for a worthy cause.

donator

donator (n)
One who makes a donation or present.

donee

donee (n)
A person to whom a donation is made.

donor

donor (n)
One who makes a donation or present.

dormant

dormant (adj)
Being in a state of or resembling sleep.

doublet

doublet (n)
One of a pair of like things.

doubly

doubly (adv)
In twofold degree or extent.

dowry

dowry (n)
The property which a wife brings to her husband in marriage.

drachma

drachma (n)
A modern and an ancient Greek coin.

dragnet

dragnet (n)
A net to be drawn along the bottom of the water.

dragoon

dragoon (n)
In the British army, a cavalryman.

drainage

drainage (n)
The means of draining collectively, as a system of conduits, trenches, pipes, etc.

dramatist

dramatist (n)
One who writes plays.

dramatize

dramatize (v)
To relate or represent in a dramatic or theatrical manner.

drastic

drastic (adj)
Acting vigorously.

drought

drought (n)
Dry weather, especially when so long continued as to cause vegetation to wither.

drowsy

drowsy (adj)
Heavy with sleepiness.

drudgery

drudgery (n)
Hard and constant work in any menial or dull occupation.

dubious

dubious (adj)
Doubtful.

duckling

duckling (n)
A young duck.

ductile

ductile (adj)
Capable of being drawn out, as into wire or a thread.

duet

duet (n)
A composition for two voices or instruments.

dun

dun (v)
To make a demand or repeated demands on for payment.

duplex

duplex (adj)
Having two parts.

duplicity

duplicity (n)
Double-dealing.

durance

durance (n)
Confinement.

duration

duration (n)
The period of time during which anything lasts.

duteous

duteous (adj)
Showing submission to natural superiors.

dutiable

dutiable (adj)
Subject to a duty, especially a customs duty.

dutiful

dutiful (adj)
Obedient.

dwindle

dwindle (v)
To diminish or become less.

dyne

dyne (n)
The force which, applied to a mass of one gram for 1 second, would give it a velocity of 1 cm/s.

earnest

earnest (adj)
Ardent in spirit and speech.

earthenware

earthenware (n)
Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.

eatable

eatable (adj)
Edible.

ebullient

ebullient (adj)
Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.

eccentric

eccentric (adj)
Peculiar.

eccentricity

eccentricity (n)
Idiosyncrasy.

eclipse

eclipse (n)
The obstruction of a heavenly body by its entering into the shadow of another body.

economize

economize (v)
To spend sparingly.

ecstasy

ecstasy (n)
Rapturous excitement or exaltation.

ecstatic

ecstatic (adj)
Enraptured.

edible

edible (adj)
Suitable to be eaten.

edict

edict (n)
That which is uttered or proclaimed by authority as a rule of action.

edify

edify (v)
To build up, or strengthen, especially in morals or religion.

editorial

editorial (n)
An article in a periodical written by the editor and published as an official argument.

educe

educe (v)
To draw out.

efface

efface (v)
To obliterate.

effect

effect (n)
A consequence.

effective

effective (adj)
Fit for a destined purpose.

effectual

effectual (adj)
Efficient.

effeminacy

effeminacy (n)
Womanishness.

effeminate

effeminate (adj)
Having womanish traits or qualities.

effervesce

effervesce (v)
To bubble up.

effervescent

effervescent (adj)
Giving off bubbles of gas.

effete

effete (adj)
Exhausted, as having performed its functions.

efficacious

efficacious (adj)
Effective.

efficacy

efficacy (n)
The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it.

efficiency

efficiency (n)
The state of possessing adequate skill or knowledge for the performance of a duty.

efficient

efficient (adj)
Having and exercising the power to produce effects or results.

efflorescence

efflorescence (n)
The state of being flowery, or a flowery appearance.

efflorescent

efflorescent (adj)
Opening in flower.

effluvium

effluvium (n)
A noxious or ill-smelling exhalation from decaying or putrefying matter.

effrontery

effrontery (n)
Unblushing impudence.

effulgence

effulgence (n)
Splendor.

effuse

effuse (v)
To pour forth.

effusion

effusion (n)
an outpouring.

egoism

egoism (n)
The theory that places man's chief good in the completeness of self.

egoist

egoist (n)
One who advocates or practices egoism.

egotism

egotism (n)
Self-conceit.

egotist

egotist (n)
One given to self-mention or who is constantly telling of his own views and experiences.

egregious

egregious (adj)
Extreme.

egress

egress (n)
Any place of exit.

eject

eject (v)
To expel.

elapse

elapse (v)
To quietly terminate: said of time.

elasticity

elasticity (n)
That property of matter by which a body tends to return to a former shape after being changed.

electrolysis

electrolysis (n)
The process of decomposing a chemical compound by the passage of an electric current.

electrotype

electrotype (n)
A metallic copy of any surface, as a coin.

elegy

elegy (n)
A lyric poem lamenting the dead.

element

element (n)
A component or essential part.

elicit

elicit (v)
To educe or extract gradually or without violence.

eligible

eligible (adj)
Qualified for selection.

eliminate

eliminate (v)
To separate and cast aside.

Elizabethan

Elizabethan (adj)
Relating to Elizabeth, queen of England, or to her era.

elocution

elocution (n)
The art of correct intonation, inflection, and gesture in public speaking or reading.

eloquent

eloquent (adj)
Having the ability to express emotion or feeling in lofty and impassioned speech.

elucidate

elucidate (v)
To bring out more clearly the facts concerning.

elude

elude (v)
To evade the search or pursuit of by dexterity or artifice.

elusion

elusion (n)
Evasion.

emaciate

emaciate (v)
To waste away in flesh.

emanate

emanate (v)
To flow forth or proceed, as from some source.

emancipate

emancipate (v)
To release from bondage.

embargo

embargo (n)
Authoritative stoppage of foreign commerce or of any special trade.

embark

embark (v)
To make a beginning in some occupation or scheme.

embarrass

embarrass (v)
To render flustered or agitated.

embellish

embellish (v)
To make beautiful or elegant by adding attractive or ornamental features.

embezzle

embezzle (v)
To misappropriate secretly.

emblazon

emblazon (v)
To set forth publicly or in glowing terms.

emblem

emblem (n)
A symbol.

embody

embody (v)
To express, formulate, or exemplify in a concrete, compact or visible form.

embolden

embolden (v)
To give courage to.

embolism

embolism (n)
An obstruction or plugging up of an artery or other blood-vessel.

embroil

embroil (v)
To involve in dissension or strife.

emerge

emerge (v)
To come into view or into existence.

emergence

emergence (n)
A coming into view.

emergent

emergent (adj)
Coming into view.

emeritus

emeritus (adj)
Retired from active service but retained to an honorary position.

emigrant

emigrant (n)
One who moves from one place to settle in another.

emigrate

emigrate (v)
To go from one country, state, or region for the purpose of settling or residing in another.

eminence

eminence (n)
An elevated position with respect to rank, place, character, condition, etc.

eminent

eminent (adj)
High in station, merit, or esteem.

emit

emit (v)
To send or give out.

emphasis

emphasis (n)
Any special impressiveness added to an utterance or act, or stress laid upon some word.

emphasize

emphasize (v)
To articulate or enunciate with special impressiveness upon a word, or a group of words.

emphatic

emphatic (adj)
Spoken with any special impressiveness laid upon an act, word, or set of words.

employee

employee (n)
One who works for wages or a salary.

employer

employer (n)
One who uses or engages the services of other persons for pay.

emporium

emporium (n)
A bazaar or shop.

empower

empower (v)
To delegate authority to.

emulate

emulate (v)
To imitate with intent to equal or surpass.

enact

enact (v)
To make into law, as by legislative act.

enamor

enamor (v)
To inspire with ardent love.

encamp

encamp (v)
To pitch tents for a resting-place.

encomium

encomium (n)
A formal or discriminating expression of praise.

encompass

encompass (v)
To encircle.

encore

encore (n)
The call for a repetition, as of some part of a play or performance.

encourage

encourage (v)
To inspire with courage, hope, or strength of mind.

encroach

encroach (v)
To invade partially or insidiously and appropriate the possessions of another.

encumber

encumber (v)
To impede with obstacles.