SAT Vocabulary Words 17

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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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metric

metric (adj)
Relating to measurement.

metronome

metronome (n)
An instrument for indicating and marking exact time in music.

metropolis

metropolis (n)
A chief city, either the capital or the largest or most important city of a state.

metropolitan

metropolitan (adj)
Pertaining to a chief city.

mettle

mettle (n)
Courage.

mettlesome

mettlesome (adj)
Having courage or spirit.

microcosm

microcosm (n)
The world or universe on a small scale.

micrometer

micrometer (n)
An instrument for measuring very small angles or dimensions.

microphone

microphone (n)
An apparatus for magnifying faint sounds.

microscope

microscope (n)
An instrument for assisting the eye in the vision of minute objects or features of objects.

microscopic

microscopic (adj)
Adapted to or characterized by minute observation.

microscopy

microscopy (n)
The art of examing objects with the microscope.

midsummer

midsummer (n)
The middle of the summer.

midwife

midwife (n)
A woman who makes a business of assisting at childbirth.

mien

mien (n)
The external appearance or manner of a person.

migrant

migrant (adj)
Wandering.

migrate

migrate (v)
To remove or pass from one country, region, or habitat to another.

migratory

migratory (adj)
Wandering.

mileage

mileage (n)
A distance in miles.

militant

militant (adj)
Of a warlike or combative disposition or tendency.

militarism

militarism (n)
A policy of maintaining great standing armies.

militate

militate (v)
To have weight or influence (in determining a question).

militia

militia (n)
Those citizens, collectively, who are enrolled and drilled in temporary military organizations.

Milky Way

Milky Way (n)
The galaxy.

millet

millet (n)
A grass cultivated for forage and cereal.

mimic

mimic (v)
To imitate the speech or actions of.

miniature

miniature (adj)
Much smaller than reality or that the normal size.

minimize

minimize (v)
To reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.

minion

minion (n)
A servile favorite.

ministration

ministration (n)
Any religious ceremonial.

ministry

ministry (n)
A service.

minority

minority (n)
The smaller in number of two portions into which a number or a group is divided.

minute

minute (adj)
Exceedingly small in extent or quantity.

minutia

minutia (n)
A small or unimportant particular or detail.

mirage

mirage (n)
An optical effect looking like a sheet of water in the desert.

misadventure

misadventure (n)
An unlucky accident.

misanthropic

misanthropic (adj)
Hating mankind.

misanthropy

misanthropy (n)
Hatred of mankind.

misapprehend

misapprehend (v)
To misunderstand.

misbehave

misbehave (v)
To behave ill.

misbehavior

misbehavior (n)
Ill or improper behavior.

mischievous

mischievous (adj)
Fond of tricks.

miscount

miscount (v)
To make a mistake in counting.

miscreant

miscreant (n)
A villain.

misdeed

misdeed (n)
A wrong or improper act.

misdemeanor

misdemeanor (n)
Evil conduct, small crime.

miser

miser (n)
A person given to saving and hoarding unduly.

mishap

mishap (n)
Misfortune.

misinterpret

misinterpret (v)
To misunderstand.

mislay

mislay (v)
To misplace.

mismanage

mismanage (v)
To manage badly, improperly, or unskillfully.

misnomer

misnomer (n)
A name wrongly or mistakenly applied.

misogamy

misogamy (n)
Hatred of marriage.

misogyny

misogyny (n)
Hatred of women.

misplace

misplace (v)
To put into a wrong place.

misrepresent

misrepresent (v)
To give a wrong impression.

misrule

misrule (v)
To misgovern.

missal

missal (n)
The book containing the service for the celebration of mass.

missile

missile (n)
Any object, especially a weapon, thrown or intended to be thrown.

missive

missive (n)
A message in writing.

mistrust

mistrust (v)
To regard with suspicion or jealousy.

misty

misty (adj)
Lacking clearness

misunderstand

misunderstand (v)
To Take in a wrong sense.

misuse

misuse (v)
To maltreat.

mite

mite (n)
A very small amount, portion, or particle.

miter

miter (n)
The junction of two bodies at an equally divided angle.

mitigate

mitigate (v)
To make milder or more endurable.

mnemonics

mnemonics (n)
A system of principles and formulas designed to assist the recollection in certain instances.

moat

moat (n)
A ditch on the outside of a fortress wall.

mobocracy

mobocracy (n)
Lawless control of public affairs by the mob or populace.

moccasin

moccasin (n)
A foot-covering made of soft leather or buckskin.

mockery

mockery (n)
Ridicule.

moderation

moderation (n)
Temperance.

moderator

moderator (n)
The presiding officer of a meeting.

modernity

modernity (n)
The state or character of being modern.

modernize

modernize (v)
To make characteristic of the present or of recent times.

modification

modification (n)
A change.

modify

modify (v)
To make somewhat different.

modish

modish (adj)
Fashionable.

modulate

modulate (v)
To vary in tone, inflection, pitch or other quality of sound.

mollify

mollify (v)
To soothe.

molt

molt (v)
To cast off, as hair, feathers, etc.

momentary

momentary (adj)
Lasting but a short time.

momentous

momentous (adj)
Very significant.

momentum

momentum (n)
An impetus.

monarchy

monarchy (n)
Government by a single, sovereign ruler.

monastery

monastery (n)
A dwelling-place occupied in common by persons under religious vows of seclusion.

monetary

monetary (adj)
Financial.

mongrel

mongrel (n)
The progeny resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.

monition

monition (n)
Friendly counsel given by way of warning and implying caution or reproof.

monitory

monitory (n)
Admonition or warning.

monocracy

monocracy (n)
Government by a single person.

monogamy

monogamy (n)
The habit of pairing, or having but one mate.

monogram

monogram (n)
A character consisting of two or more letters interwoven into one, usually initials of a name.

monograph

monograph (n)
A treatise discussing a single subject or branch of a subject.

monolith

monolith (n)
Any structure or sculpture in stone formed of a single piece.

monologue

monologue (n)
A story or drama told or performed by one person.

monomania

monomania (n)
The unreasonable pursuit of one idea.

monopoly

monopoly (n)
The control of a thing, as a commodity, to enable a person to raise its price.

monosyllable

monosyllable (n)
A word of one syllable.

monotone

monotone (n)
The sameness or monotony of utterance.

monotonous

monotonous (adj)
Unchanging and tedious.

monotony

monotony (n)
A lack of variety.

monsieur

monsieur (n)
A French title of respect, equivalent to Mr. and sir.

monstrosity

monstrosity (n)
Anything unnaturally huge or distorted.

moonbeam

moonbeam (n)
A ray of moonlight.

morale

morale (n)
A state of mind with reference to confidence, courage, zeal, and the like.

moralist

moralist (n)
A writer on ethics.

morality

morality (n)
Virtue.

moralize

moralize (v)
To render virtuous.

moratorium

moratorium (n)
An emergency legislation authorizing a government suspend some action temporarily.

morbid

morbid (adj)
Caused by or denoting a diseased or unsound condition of body or mind.

mordacious

mordacious (adj)
Biting or giving to biting.

mordant

mordant (adj)
Biting.

moribund

moribund (adj)
On the point of dying.

morose

morose (adj)
Gloomy.

morphology

morphology (n)
the science of organic forms.

motley

motley (adj)
Composed of heterogeneous or inharmonious elements.

motto

motto (n)
An expressive word or pithy sentence enunciating some guiding rule of life, or faith.

mountaineer

mountaineer (n)
One who travels among or climbs mountains for pleasure or exercise.

mountainous

mountainous (adj)
Full of or abounding in mountains.

mouthful

mouthful (n)
As much as can be or is usually put into the or exercise.

muddle

muddle (v)
To confuse or becloud, especially with or as with drink.

muffle

muffle (v)
To deaden the sound of, as by wraps.

mulatto

mulatto (n)
The offspring of a white person and a black person.

muleteer

muleteer (n)
A mule-driver.

multiform

multiform (adj)
Having many shapes, or appearances.

multiplicity

multiplicity (n)
the condition of being manifold or very various.

mundane

mundane (adj)
Worldly, as opposed to spiritual or celestial.

municipal

municipal (adj)
Of or pertaining to a town or city, or to its corporate or local government.

municipality

municipality (n)
A district enjoying municipal government.

munificence

munificence (n)
A giving characterized by generous motives and extraordinary liberality.

munificent

munificent (adj)
Extraordinarily generous.

muster

muster (n)
An assemblage or review of troops for parade or inspection, or for numbering off.

mutation

mutation (n)
The act or process of change.

mutilate

mutilate (v)
To disfigure.

mutiny

mutiny (n)
Rebellion against lawful or constituted authority.

myriad

myriad (n)
A vast indefinite number.

mystic

mystic (n)
One who professes direct divine illumination, or relies upon meditation to acquire truth.

mystification

mystification (n)
The act of artfully perplexing.

myth

myth (n)
A fictitious narrative presented as historical, but without any basis of fact.

mythology

mythology (n)
The whole body of legends cherished by a race concerning gods and heroes.

nameless

nameless (adj)
Having no fame or reputation.

naphtha

naphtha (n)
A light, colorless, volatile, inflammable oil used as a solvent, as in manufacture of paints.

Narcissus

Narcissus (n)
The son of the Athenian river-god Cephisus, fabled to have fallen in love with his reflection.

narrate

narrate (v)
To tell a story.

narration

narration (n)
The act of recounting the particulars of an event in the order of time or occurrence.

narrative

narrative (n)
An orderly continuous account of the successive particulars of an event.

narrator

narrator (n)
One who narrates anything.

narrow-minded

narrow-minded (adj)
Characterized by illiberal views or sentiments.

nasal

nasal (adj)
Pertaining to the nose.

natal

natal (adj)
Pertaining to one's birth.

nationality

nationality (n)
A connection with a particular nation.

naturally

naturally (adv)
According to the usual order of things.

nausea

nausea (n)
An affection of the stomach producing dizziness and usually an impulse to vomit

nauseate

nauseate (v)
To cause to loathe.

nauseous

nauseous (adj)
Loathsome.

nautical

nautical (adj)
Pertaining to ships, seamen, or navigation.

naval

naval (adj)
Pertaining to ships.

navel

navel (n)
The depression on the abdomen where the umbilical cord of the fetus was attached.

navigable

navigable (adj)
Capable of commercial navigation.

navigate

navigate (v)
To traverse by ship.

nebula

nebula (n)
A gaseous body of unorganized stellar substance.

necessary

necessary (adj)
Indispensably requisite or absolutely needed to accomplish a desired result.

necessitate

necessitate (v)
To render indispensable.

necessity

necessity (n)
That which is indispensably requisite to an end desired.

necrology

necrology (n)
A list of persons who have died in a certain place or time.

necromancer

necromancer (n)
One who practices the art of foretelling the future by means of communication with the dead.

necropolis

necropolis (n)
A city of the dead.

necrosis

necrosis (n)
the death of part of the body.

nectar

nectar (n)
Any especially sweet and delicious drink.

nectarine

nectarine (n)
A variety of the peach.

needlework

needlework (n)
Embroidery.

needy

needy (adj)
Being in need, want, or poverty.

nefarious

nefarious (adj)
Wicked in the extreme.

negate

negate (v)
To deny.

negation

negation (n)
The act of denying or of asserting the falsity of a proposition.

neglectful

neglectful (adj)
Exhibiting or indicating omission.

negligee

negligee (n)
A loose gown worn by women.

negligence

negligence (n)
Omission of that which ought to be done.

negligent

negligent (adj)
Apt to omit what ought to be done.

negligible

negligible (adj)
Transferable by assignment, endorsement, or delivery.

negotiable

negotiable (v)
To bargain with others for an agreement, as for a treaty or transfer of property.

Nemesis

Nemesis (n)
A goddess; divinity of chastisement and vengeance.

neocracy

neocracy (n)
Government administered by new or untried persons.

neo-Darwinsim

neo-Darwinsim (n)
Darwinism as modified and extended by more recent students.

neo-Latin

neo-Latin (n)
Modernized Latin.

neopaganism

neopaganism (n)
A new or revived paganism.

Neolithic

Neolithic (adj)
Pertaining to the later stone age.

neology

neology (n)
The coining or using of new words or new meanings of words.

neophyte

neophyte (adj)
Having the character of a beginner.

nestle

nestle (v)
To adjust cozily in snug quarters.

nestling

nestling (adj)
Recently hatched.

nettle

nettle (v)
To excite sensations of uneasiness or displeasure in.

network

network (n)
Anything that presents a system of cross- lines.

neural

neural (adj)
Pertaining to the nerves or nervous system.