SAT Vocabulary Words 3

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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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asperity

asperity (n)
Harshness or roughness of temper.

aspirant

aspirant (n)
One who seeks earnestly, as for advancement, honors, place.

aspiration

aspiration (n)
An earnest wish for that which is above one's present reach.

aspire

aspire (v)
To have an earnest desire, wish, or longing, as for something high and good, not yet attained.

assailant

assailant (n)
One who attacks.

assassin

assassin (n)
One who kills, or tries to kill, treacherously or secretly.

assassinate

assassinate (v)
To kill, as by surprise or secret assault, especially the killing of some eminent person.

assassination

assassination (n)
Murderer, as by secret assault or treachery.

assay

assay (n)
The chemical analysis or testing of an alloy ore.

assent

assent (v)
To express agreement with a statement or matter of opinion.

assess

assess (v)
To determine the amount of (a tax or other sum to be paid).

assessor

assessor (n)
An officer whose duty it is to assess taxes.

assets

assets (n)
pl. Property in general, regarded as applicable to the payment of debts.

assiduous

assiduous (adj)
Diligent.

assignee

assignee (n)
One who is appointed to act for another in the management of certain property and interests.

assimilate

assimilate (v)
To adapt.

assonance

assonance (n)
Resemblance or correspondence in sound.

assonant

assonant (adj)
Having resemblance of sound.

assonate

assonate (v)
To accord in sound, especially vowel sound.

assuage

assuage (v)
To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease.

astringent

astringent (adj)
Harsh in disposition or character.

astute

astute (adj)
Keen in discernment.

atheism

atheism (n)
The denial of the existence of God.

athirst

athirst (adj)
Wanting water.

athwart

athwart (adv)
From side to side.

atomizer

atomizer (n)
An apparatus for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, as for disinfection, inhalation, etc.

atone

atone (v)
To make amends for.

atonement

atonement (n)
Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury.

atrocious

atrocious (adj)
Outrageously or wantonly wicked, criminal, vile, or cruel.

atrocity

atrocity (n)
Great cruelty or reckless wickedness.

attache

attache (n)
A subordinate member of a diplomatic embassy.

attest

attest (v)
To certify as accurate, genuine, or true.

attorney-general

attorney-general (n)
The chief law-officer of a government.

auburn

auburn (adj)
Reddish-brown, said usually of the hair.

audacious

audacious (adj)
Fearless.

audible

audible (adj)
Loud enough to be heard.

audition

audition (n)
The act or sensation of hearing.

auditory

auditory (adj)
Of or pertaining to hearing or the organs or sense of hearing.

augment

augment (v)
To make bigger.

augur

augur (v)
To predict.

Augustinian

Augustinian (adj)
Pertaining to St. Augustine, his doctrines, or the religious orders called after him.

aura

aura (n)
Pervasive psychic influence supposed to emanate from persons

aural

aural (adj)
Of or pertaining to the ear.

auricle

auricle (n)
One of the two chambers of the heart which receives the blood from the veins.

auricular

auricular (adj)
Of or pertaining to the ear, its auricle, or the sense of hearing.

auriferous

auriferous (adj)
Containing gold.

aurora

aurora (n)
A luminous phenomenon in the upper regions of the atmosphere.

auspice

auspice (n)
favoring, protecting, or propitious influence or guidance.

austere

austere (adj)
Severely simple; unadorned.

autarchy

autarchy (n)
Unrestricted power.

authentic

authentic (adj)
Of undisputed origin.

authenticity

authenticity (n)
The state or quality of being genuine, or of the origin and authorship claimed.

autobiography

autobiography (n)
The story of one's life written by himself.

autocracy

autocracy (n)
Absolute government.

autocrat

autocrat (n)
Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence.

automaton

automaton (n)
Any living being whose actions are or appear to be involuntary or mechanical.

autonomous

autonomous (adj)
Self-governing.

autonomy

autonomy (n)
Self-government.

autopsy

autopsy (n)
The examination of a dead body by dissection to ascertain the cause of death.

autumnal

autumnal (adj)
Of or pertaining to autumn.

auxiliary

auxiliary (n)
One who or that which aids or helps, especially when regarded as subsidiary or accessory.

avalanche

avalanche (n)
The fall or sliding of a mass of snow or ice down a mountain-slope, often bearing with it rock.

avarice

avarice (n)
Passion for getting and keeping riches.

aver

aver (v)
To assert as a fact.

averse

averse (adj)
Reluctant.

aversion

aversion (n)
A mental condition of fixed opposition to or dislike of some particular thing.

avert

avert (v)
To turn away or aside.

aviary

aviary (n)
A spacious cage or enclosure in which live birds are kept.

avidity

avidity (n)
Greediness.

avocation

avocation (n)
Diversion.

avow

avow (v)
To declare openly.

awaken

awaken (v)
To arouse, as emotion, interest, or the like.

awry

awry (adv/adj)
Out of the proper form, direction, or position.

aye

aye (adv)
An expression of assent.

azalea

azalea (n)
A flowering shrub.

azure

azure (n)
The color of the sky.

Baconian

Baconian (adj)
Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon or his system of philosophy.

bacterium

bacterium (n)
A microbe.

badger

badger (v)
To pester.

baffle

baffle (v)
To foil or frustrate.

bailiff

bailiff (n)
An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment.

baize

baize (n)
A single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc.

bale

bale (n)
A large package prepared for transportation or storage.

baleful

baleful (adj)
Malignant.

ballad

ballad (n)
Any popular narrative poem, often with epic subject and usually in lyric form.

balsam

balsam (n)
A medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing.

banal

banal (adj)
Commonplace.

barcarole

barcarole (n)
A boat-song of Venetian gondoliers.

barograph

barograph (n)
An instrument that registers graphically and continuously the atmospheric pressure.

barometer

barometer (n)
An instrument for indicating the atmospheric pressure per unit of surface.

baritone

baritone (adj)
Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor.

bask

bask (v)
To make warm by genial heat.

bass

bass (adj)
Low in tone or compass.

baste

baste (v)
To cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking.

baton

baton (n)
An official staff borne either as a weapon or as an emblem of authority or privilege.

battalion

battalion (n)
A body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming a part of a regiment.

batten

batten (n)
A narrow strip of wood.

batter

batter (n)
A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery.

bauble

bauble (n)
A trinket.

bawl

bawl (v)
To proclaim by outcry.

beatify

beatify (v)
To make supremely happy.

beatitude

beatitude (n)
Any state of great happiness.

beau

beau (n)
An escort or lover.

becalm

becalm (v)
To make quiet.

beck

beck (v)
To give a signal to, by nod or gesture.

bedaub

bedaub (v)
To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.

bedeck

bedeck (v)
To cover with ornament.

bedlam

bedlam (n)
Madhouse.

befog

befog (v)
To confuse.

befriend

befriend (v)
To be a friend to, especially when in need.

beget

beget (v)
To produce by sexual generation.

begrudge

begrudge (v)
To envy one of the possession of.

belate

belate (v)
To delay past the proper hour.

belay

belay (v)
To make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat.

belie

belie (v)
To misrepresent.

believe

believe (v)
To accept as true on the testimony or authority of others.

belittle

belittle (v)
To disparage.

belle

belle (n)
A woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc.

bellicose

bellicose (adj)
Warlike.

belligerent

belligerent (adj)
Manifesting a warlike spirit.

bemoan

bemoan (v)
To lament

benediction

benediction (n)
a solemn invocation of the divine blessing.

benefactor

benefactor (n)
A doer of kindly and charitable acts.

benefice

benefice (n)
A church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service.

beneficent

beneficent (adj)
Characterized by charity and kindness.

beneficial

beneficial (adj)
Helpful.

beneficiary

beneficiary (n)
One who is lawfully entitled to the profits and proceeds of an estate or property.

benefit

benefit (n)
Helpful result.

benevolence

benevolence (n)
Any act of kindness or well-doing.

benevolent

benevolent (adj)
Loving others and actively desirous of their well-being.

benign

benign (adj)
Good and kind of heart.

benignant

benignant (adj)
Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.

benignity

benignity (n)
Kindness of feeling, disposition, or manner.

benison

benison (n)
Blessing.

bequeath

bequeath (v)
To give by will.

bereave

bereave (v)
To make desolate with loneliness and grief.

berth

berth (n)
A bunk or bed in a vessel, sleeping-car, etc.

beseech

beseech (v)
To implore.

beset

beset (v)
To attack on all sides.

besmear

besmear (v)
To smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance.

bestial

bestial (adj)
Animal.

bestrew

bestrew (v)
To sprinkle or cover with things strewn.

bestride

bestride (v)
To get or sit upon astride, as a horse.

bethink

bethink (v)
To remind oneself.

betide

betide (v)
To happen to or befall.

betimes

betimes (adv)
In good season or time.

betroth

betroth (v)
To engage to marry.

betrothal

betrothal (n)
Engagement to marry.

bevel

bevel (n)
Any inclination of two surfaces other than 90 degrees.

bewilder

bewilder (v)
To confuse the perceptions or judgment of.

bibliomania

bibliomania (n)
The passion for collecting books.

bibliography

bibliography (n)
A list of the words of an author, or the literature bearing on a particular subject.

bibliophile

bibliophile (n)
One who loves books.

bibulous

bibulous (adj)
Fond of drinking.

bide

bide (v)
To await.

biennial

biennial (n)
A plant that produces leaves and roots the first year and flowers and fruit the second.

bier

bier (n)
A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave.

bigamist

bigamist (n)
One who has two spouses at the same time.

bigamy

bigamy (n)
The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living.

bight

bight (n)
A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line.

bilateral

bilateral (adj)
Two-sided.

bilingual

bilingual (adj)
Speaking two languages.

biograph

biograph (n)
A bibliographical sketch or notice.

biography

biography (n)
A written account of one's life, actions, and character.

biology

biology (n)
The science of life or living organisms.

biped

biped (n)
An animal having two feet.

birthright

birthright (n)
A privilege or possession into which one is born.

bitterness

bitterness (n)
Acridity, as to the taste.

blase

blase (adj)
Sated with pleasure.

blaspheme

blaspheme (v)
To indulge in profane oaths.

blatant

blatant (adj)
Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous.

blaze

blaze (n)
A vivid glowing flame.

blazon

blazon (v)
To make widely or generally known.

bleak

bleak (adj)
Desolate.

blemish

blemish (n)
A mark that mars beauty.

blithe

blithe (adj)
Joyous.

blithesome

blithesome (adj)
Cheerful.

blockade

blockade (n)
The shutting up of a town, a frontier, or a line of coast by hostile forces.

boatswain

boatswain (n)
A subordinate officer of a vessel, who has general charge of the rigging, anchors, etc.

bodice

bodice (n)
A women's ornamental corset-shaped laced waist.

bodily

bodily (adj)
Corporeal.

boisterous

boisterous (adj)
Unchecked merriment or animal spirits.

bole

bole (n)
The trunk or body of a tree.

bolero

bolero (n)
A Spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompanied by caste nets and singing.

boll

boll (n)
A round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton.

bolster

bolster (v)
To support, as something wrong.

bomb

bomb (n)
A hollow projectile containing an explosive material.

bombard

bombard (v)
To assail with any missile or with abusive speech.

bombardier

bombardier (n)
A person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells.

bombast

bombast (n)
Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects.

boorish

boorish (adj)
Rude.

bore

bore (v)
To weary by tediousness or dullness.

borough

borough (n)
An incorporated village or town.

bosom

bosom (n)
The breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman.