SAT Vocabulary Words 25

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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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superheat

superheat (v)
To heat to excess.

superintend

superintend (v)
To have the charge and direction of, especially of some work or movement.

superintendence

superintendence (n)
Direction and management.

superintendent

superintendent (n)
One who has the charge and direction of, especially of some work or movement.

superlative

superlative (n)
That which is of the highest possible excellence or eminence.

supernatural

supernatural (adj)
Caused miraculously or by the immediate exercise of divine power.

supernumerary

supernumerary (adj)
Superfluous.

supersede

supersede (v)
To displace.

supine

supine (adj)
Lying on the back.

supplant

supplant (v)
To take the place of.

supple

supple (adj)
Easily bent.

supplementary

supplementary (adj)
Being an addition to.

supplicant

supplicant (n)
One who asks humbly and earnestly.

supplicate

supplicate (v)
To beg.

supposition

supposition (n)
Conjecture.

suppress

suppress (v)
To prevent from being disclosed or punished.

suppressible

suppressible (adj)
Capable of being suppressed.

suppression

suppression (n)
A forcible putting or keeping down.

supramundane

supramundane (adj)
Supernatural.

surcharge

surcharge (n)
An additional amount charged.

surety

surety (n)
Security for payment or performance.

surfeit

surfeit (v)
To feed to fullness or to satiety.

surmise

surmise (v)
To conjecture.

surmount

surmount (v)
To overcome by force of will.

surreptitious

surreptitious (adj)
Clandestine.

surrogate

surrogate (n)
One who or that which is substituted for or appointed to act in place of another.

surround

surround (v)
To encircle.

surveyor

surveyor (n)
A land-measurer.

susceptibility

susceptibility (n)
A specific capability of feeling or emotion.

susceptible

susceptible (adj)
Easily under a specified power or influence.

suspense

suspense (n)
Uncertainty.

suspension

suspension (n)
A hanging from a support.

suspicious

suspicious (adj)
Inclined to doubt or mistrust.

sustenance

sustenance (n)
Food.

swarthy

swarthy (adj)
Having a dark hue, especially a dark or sunburned complexion.

Sybarite

Sybarite (n)
A luxurious person.

sycophant

sycophant (n)
A servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence.

syllabic

syllabic (adj)
Consisting of that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.

syllabication

syllabication (n)
Division of words into that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.

syllable

syllable (n)
That which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.

syllabus

syllabus (n)
Outline of a subject, course, lecture, or treatise.

sylph

sylph (n)
A slender, graceful young woman or girl.

symmetrical

symmetrical (adj)
Well-balanced.

symmetry

symmetry (n)
Relative proportion and harmony.

sympathetic

sympathetic (adj)
Having a fellow-feeling for or like feelings with another or others.

sympathize

sympathize (v)
To share the sentiments or mental states of another.

symphonic

symphonic (adj)
Characterized by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.

symphonious

symphonious (adj)
Marked by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.

symphony

symphony (n)
A harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.

synchronism

synchronism (n)
Simultaneousness.

syndicate

syndicate (n)
An association of individuals united for the prosecution of some enterprise.

syneresis

syneresis (n)
The coalescence of two vowels or syllables, as e'er for ever.

synod

synod (n)
An ecclesiastical council.

synonym

synonym (n)
A word having the same or almost the same meaning as some other.

synopsis

synopsis (n)
A syllabus or summary.

systematic

systematic (adj)
Methodical.

tableau

tableau (n)
An arrangement of inanimate figures representing a scene from real life.

tacit

tacit (adj)
Understood.

taciturn

taciturn (adj)
Disinclined to conversation.

tack

tack (n)
A small sharp-pointed nail.

tact

tact (n)
Fine or ready mental discernment shown in saying or doing the proper thing.

tactician

tactician (n)
One who directs affairs with skill and shrewdness.

tactics

tactics (n)
Any maneuvering or adroit management for effecting an object.

tangency

tangency (n)
The state of touching.

tangent

tangent (adj)
Touching.

tangible

tangible (adj)
Perceptible by touch.

tannery

tannery (n)
A place where leather is tanned.

tantalize

tantalize (v)
To tease.

tantamount

tantamount (adj)
Having equal or equivalent value, effect, or import.

tapestry

tapestry (n)
A fabric to which a pattern is applied with a needle, designed for ornamental hangings.

tarnish

tarnish (v)
To lessen or destroy the luster of in any way.

taut

taut (adj)
Stretched tight.

taxation

taxation (n)
A levy, by government, of a fixed contribution.

taxidermy

taxidermy (n)
The art or process of preserving dead animals or parts of them.

technic

technic (adj)
Technical.

technicality

technicality (n)
Something peculiar to a particular art, trade, or the like.

technique

technique (n)
Manner of performance.

technography

technography (n)
The scientific description or study of human arts and industries in their historic development.

technology

technology (n)
The knowledge relating to industries and manufactures.

teem

teem (v)
To be full to overflowing.

telepathy

telepathy (n)
Thought-transference.

telephony

telephony (n)
The art or process of communicating by telephone.

telescope

telescope (v)
To drive together so that one slides into the another like the sections of a spy-glass.

telltale

telltale (adj)
That gives warning or information.

temerity

temerity (n)
Recklessness.

temporal

temporal (adj)
Pertaining to or concerned with the affairs of the present life.

temporary

temporary (adj)
Lasting for a short time only.

temporize

temporize (v)
To pursue a policy of delay.

tempt

tempt (v)
To offer to (somebody) an inducement to do wrong.

tempter

tempter (n)
An allurer or enticer to evil.

tenacious

tenacious (adj)
Unyielding.

tenant

tenant (n)
An occupant.

tendency

tendency (n)
Direction or inclination, as toward some objector end.

tenet

tenet (n)
Any opinion, principle, dogma, or doctrine that a person believes or maintains as true.

tenor

tenor (n)
A settled course or manner of progress.

tense

tense (adj)
Strained to stiffness.

tentative

tentative (adj)
Done as an experiment.

tenure

tenure (n)
The term during which a thing is held.

tercentenary

tercentenary (adj)
Pertaining to a period of 300 years.

termagant

termagant (adj)
Violently abusive and quarrelsome.

terminal

terminal (adj)
Pertaining to or creative of a boundary, limit.

terminate

terminate (v)
To put an end or stop to.

termination

termination (n)
The act of ending or concluding.

terminus

terminus (n)
The final point or goal.

terrify

terrify (v)
To fill with extreme fear.

territorial

territorial (adj)
Pertaining to the domain over which a sovereign state exercises jurisdiction.

terse

terse (adj)
Pithy.

testament

testament (n)
A will.

testator

testator (n)
The maker of a will.

testimonial

testimonial (n)
A formal token of regard, often presented in public.

thearchy

thearchy (n)
Government by a supreme deity.

theism

theism (n)
Belief in God.

theocracy

theocracy (n)
A government administered by ecclesiastics.

theocrasy

theocrasy (n)
The mixed worship of polytheism.

theologian

theologian (n)
A professor of divinity.

theological

theological (adj)
Based on or growing out of divine revelation.

theology

theology (n)
The branch of theological science that treats of God.

theoretical

theoretical (adj)
Directed toward knowledge for its own sake without respect to applications.

theorist

theorist (n)
One given to speculating.

theorize

theorize (v)
To speculate.

thereabout

thereabout (adv)
Near that number, quantity, degree, place, or time, approximately.

therefor

therefor (adv)
For that or this.

thermal

thermal (adj)
Of or pertaining to heat.

thermoelectric

thermoelectric (adj)
Denoting electricity produced by heat.

thermoelectricity

thermoelectricity (n)
Electricity generated by differences of temperature,

thesis

thesis (n)
An essay or treatise on a particular subject.

thoroughbred

thoroughbred (adj)
Bred from the best or purest blood or stock.

thoroughfare

thoroughfare (n)
A public street or road.

thrall

thrall (n)
One controlled by an appetite or a passion.

tilth

tilth (n)
Cultivation.

timbre

timbre (n)
The quality of a tone, as distinguished from intensity and pitch.

timorous

timorous (adj)
Lacking courage.

tincture

tincture (n)
A solution, usually alcoholic, of some principle used in medicine.

tinge

tinge (n)
A faint trace of color.

tipsy

tipsy (adj)
Befuddled with drinks.

tirade

tirade (n)
Harangue.

tireless

tireless (adj)
Untiring.

tiresome

tiresome (adj)
Wearisome.

Titanic

Titanic (adj)
Of vast size or strength.

toilsome

toilsome (adj)
Laborious.

tolerable

tolerable (adj)
Moderately good.

tolerance

tolerance (n)
Forbearance in judging of the acts or opinions of others.

tolerant

tolerant (adj)
Indulgent.

tolerate

tolerate (v)
To passively permit or put up with.

toleration

toleration (n)
A spirit of charitable leniency.

topography

topography (n)
The art of representing on a map the physical features of any locality or region with accuracy.

torpor

torpor (n)
Apathy.

torrid

torrid (adj)
Excessively hot.

tortious

tortious (adj)
Wrongful.

tortuous

tortuous (adj)
Abounding in irregular bends or turns.

torturous

torturous (adj)
Marked by extreme suffering.

tractable

tractable (adj)
Easily led or controlled.

trait

trait (n)
A distinguishing feature or quality.

trajectory

trajectory (n)
The path described by a projectile moving under given forces.

trammel

trammel (n)
An impediment.

tranquil

tranquil (adj)
Calm.

tranquilize

tranquilize (v)
To soothe.

tranquility

tranquility (n)
Calmness.

transalpine

transalpine (adj)
Situated on the other side of the Alps.

transact

transact (v)
To do business.

transatlantic

transatlantic (adj)
Situated beyond or on the other side of the Atlantic.

transcend

transcend (v)
To surpass.

transcendent

transcendent (adj)
Surpassing.

transcontinental

transcontinental (adj)
Extending or passing across a continent.

transcribe

transcribe (v)
To write over again (something already written)

transcript

transcript (n)
A copy made directly from an original.

transfer

transfer (v)
To convey, remove, or cause to pass from one person or place to another.

transferable

transferable (adj)
Capable of being conveyed from one person or place to another.

transferee

transferee (n)
The person to whom a transfer is made.

transference

transference (n)
The act of conveying from one person or place to another.

transferrer

transferrer (n)
One who or that which conveys from one person or place to another.

transfigure

transfigure (v)
To give an exalted meaning or glorified appearance to.

transfuse

transfuse (v)
To pour or cause to pass, as a fluid, from one vessel to another.

transfusible

transfusible (adj)
Capable of being poured from one vessel to another.

transfusion

transfusion (n)
The act of pouring from one vessel to another.

transgress

transgress (v)
To break a law.

transience

transience (n)
Something that is of short duration.

transient

transient (n)
One who or that which is only of temporary existence.

transition

transition (n)
Passage from one place, condition, or action to another.

transitory

transitory (adj)
Existing for a short time only.

translate

translate (v)
To give the sense or equivalent of in another language or dialect.

translator

translator (n)
An interpreter.

translucence

translucence (n)
The property or state of allowing the passage of light.

translucent

translucent (adj)
Allowing the passage of light.

transmissible

transmissible (adj)
That may e sent through or across.

transmission

transmission (n)
The act of sending through or across.

transmit

transmit (v)
To send trough or across.

transmute

transmute (v)
To change in nature, substance, or form.

transparent

transparent (adj)
Easy to see through or understand.

transpire

transpire (v)
To come to pass.

transplant

transplant (v)
To remove and plant in another place.

transposition

transposition (n)
The act of reversing the order or changing the place of.

transverse

transverse (adj)
Lying or being across or in a crosswise direction.

travail

travail (n)
Hard or agonizing labor.

travesty

travesty (n)
A grotesque imitation.

treacherous

treacherous (adj)
Perfidious.