Sample Word Meaning Questions

These questions are designed to measure your vocabulary, specifically your understanding of word meanings. To achieve this, the questions focus on the relationships between words and the questions are phrased such that you need to know the precise meaning of the words given, in order to select the correct answer. These types of question appear in all levels of verbal ability tests.

Word Meaning

These questions often use synonyms and antonyms (words which have either the same or opposite meanings), dictionary definitions and word pairs. Another type of word meaning question uses words which sound similar but have different meanings. These are called homophones and an example would be the words 'allude’ and ‘elude’. ‘Allude’ means ‘referred’ and ‘elude’ means ‘escaped from’. Once again, the test designer needs to choose common homophones which are in regular use and this leaves a relatively restricted list to choose from.

Sample Word Meaning Questions

1) Which word does not have a similar meaning to - outcome

A B C D
affect result upshot effect

 

2) Which word does not have a similar meaning to - comprise

A B C D
Compose cover contain encompass

 

3) Which word does not have a similar meaning to - energize

A B C D
rejuvenate strengthen enervate uplift

 

4) Which word does not have a similar meaning to - populated

A B C D
crowded packed populous populace

 

5) Which word does not have a similar meaning to - condemn

A B C D
critique disparage criticize censure

 

6) Which word means - tuneful; compatible; marked by agreement

A B C D
inclusive harmonious saturated lucid

 

7) Which word means - with passionate or intense feelings

A B C D
temperamental transitory disconsolate ardent

 

8) Which word means - to accumulate; to gather

A B C D
abjure assess amass deliberate


9) Which word means - unjustifiably malicious; immoral; unmanageable

A B C D
wanton diffident barren trite

 

10) Which word means - continuous; eternal; never ceasing

A B C D
indistinct perpetual vigilant imperturbable

 

11) Choose the word most similar in meaning to - perplex

A B C D
dither affiliate discomfit reiterate

 

12) Choose the word most similar in meaning to - contradict

A B C D
gainsay oppose disparage tarnish

 

13) Choose the word most similar in meaning to - argumentative

A B C D
strident confrontational irreverent vociferous

 

14) Choose the word most similar in meaning to - expedite

A B C D
beckon exterminate disrespect facilitate

 

15) Choose the word most similar in meaning to - condescend

A B C D
criticize usurp patronize contribute

 

16) Choose the word most nearly opposite in meaning to - fecund

A B C D
productive abundant barren unfriendly

 

17) Choose the word most nearly opposite in meaning to - tawdry

A B C D
prosperous clean privileged tasteful

 

18) Choose the word most nearly opposite in meaning to - pragmatic

A B C D
irrational impractical exuberant realistic

 

19) Choose the word most nearly opposite in meaning to - absolve

A B C D
condemn pardon free exonerate

 

20) Choose the word most nearly opposite in meaning to - exigent

A B C D
strenuous light easy difficult

 

Answers to sample verbal comprehension questions.

Improving your performance on these word meaning questions is straightforward. The sample word meaning tests on this website contains the most commonly used words for this type of test. If you work through these test papers then you will have a list of words that you need to learn the precise meaning of.

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