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Essential Words For TOEFL


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1.logical, reasoned, reasonable, well reasoned, rational, sound, cogent; consistent, well organized, systematic, orderly, methodical; clear, lucid, articulate, relevant, intelligible, comprehensible
6.joke, quip, witty remark, flash of wit, jest, pun, play on words, double entendre, sally, riposte, pleasantry; epigram; repartee, banter, badinage; bon mot; informal: one-liner, gag, funny, crack, wisecrack, comeback; rareparonomasia, equivoque, Atticism
10.indefatigable, pertinacious, assiduous, sedulous, unflagging, untiring, unwavering, importunate, relentless, unrelenting; stubborn, intransigent, obstinate, obdurate
12.residence, place of residence, place of habitation, home, house, accommodation, lodging place, billet; lodgings, quarters, rooms; informal: place, pad. dwelling place, dwelling house, abode, domicile, habitation, informal:digs
15.volatilize, dry out, remove moisture from, dehydrate, desiccate, dehumidify
16.boost, sharpen, strengthen, augment, concentrate, reinforce; gain strength, pick up, build up, heighten, deepen, broaden, amplify, magnify; aggravate, exacerbat, inflame
17.draw, lure, tempt, tantalize; rivet, absorb, engross, charm, captivate; divert, titillate
18.make indistinct, make vague, soften; obscure, fade, make hazy, literary be dim
19.correct, precise, exact, right, errorless, error-free, without error, faultless, perfect, valid, specific, detailed, minute, explicit, clear-cut, word for word, unambiguous, meticulous, authoritative, reliable, canonical
20.focus attention on, bring/call/draw attention to, point up, underline, underscore, accent, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, give prominence to, make more prominent, make more noticeable, play up, bring to the fore, heighten, stress, emphasize, put/lay emphasis on
22.uncertain, insecure, unreliable, unsure, unpredictable, undependable, risky, hazardous, dangerous, unsafe, hanging by a thread, hanging in the balance, perilous, treacherous, on a slippery slope, on thin ice, touch-and-go, built on sand, doubtful, dubious, delicate, tricky, problematic; unsettled, unstable, unsteady, shaky, rocky, wobbly; informal:dicey, chancy, hairy, iffy; informal: dodgy
25.boring, monotonous, dull, deadly dull, uninteresting, unexciting, unvaried, unvarying, lacking variety, mind-numbing, mindless, soul-destroying, soulless, humdrum, dreary, ho-hum, mundane, wearisome, wearying, tiresome, soporific, dry, as dry as dust, arid, lifeless, monochrome, uninspired, uninspiring, flat, plodding, slow, banal, vapid, insipid, bland, lacklustre, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, jejune, leaden, heavy
26.evade, avoid, get away from, dodge, flee, escape (from), run (away) from; lose, duck, shake off, give the slip to, slip away from, throw off the scent; informal:slip through someone's fingers, slip through the net; archaic:circumvent, bilk
30.pivotal, critical, key, climacteric, decisive, deciding, determining, settling, testing, trying, searching; major, significant, influential, momentous, consequential, weighty, big, important, historic, epoch-making, far-reaching, life-and-death
34.notwithstanding, altho
37.fame, distinction, eminence, pre-eminence, prominence, repute, reputation, prestige, acclaim, celebrity, note, notability, mark, consequence, standing, stature, account
39.immediate, extant, up to the minute,newfangled, voguish, in vogue
43.differentiate, tell apart, discriminate, discern, determine, pick out; tell the difference between, decide between
44.opposed, in opposition, opposite, antithetical, contrary, conflicting, at variance, at odds, opposing, clashing, divergent, discrepant, different; inconsistent, incompatible, irreconcilable, incongruous; paradoxical; rare: oppugnant, repugnant
45.roomy, commodious, capacious, palatial, airy, voluminous, high-ceilinged, sizeable, open, generous, large, big, vast, immense, rambling, ample
47.in spite of oneself, automatically
52.watchfulness, vigilance, circumspection, discretion, prudence, guardedness, chariness, forethought, mindfulness; informal:caginess
54.absorb, take in, acquire, pick up, grasp, comprehend, understand, learn, master; digest, ingest, imbibe, drink in, soak in; informal: get the hang of, get
55.scaffolding, wharf, quay, scaffold, port, dock, quayside, mole, jetty, breakwater, strut, pillar, buttress, prop, pit prop
56.non-selective, aimless, hit-or-miss, haphazard, random, unsystematic, unmethodical
57.burning, compelling, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential
58.limber, sprightly, acrobatic, dexterous, deft, willowy, graceful, nimble-footed
59.drain, run someone into the ground, run someone ragged, enervate, sap, debilitate, prostrate, enfeeble
2.color, tone, shade, tint, tinge, cast, tincture
3.pliable, pliant, supple, elastic, springy, rubbery; durable, hard-wearing, stout, sturdy, tough
4.expedient, seasonable , awkward involving little trouble or effort.
5.twist, warp, contort, bend, buckle, deform, malform, misshape, disfigure; mangle, wrench, wring, wrest
7.till, plough, dig, turn, hoe; farm, work, prepare; fertilize, mulch
8.prompt, instant, instantaneous, without delay, ready, punctual, unhesitating, hasty, hurried, precipitate, headlong; informal: p.d.q. (pretty damn quick)
9.perplex, puzzle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking; informal:flummox, discombobulate, faze, stump,make someone scratch their head, be all Greek to, floor, fog; informal:gravel, maze, cause to be at a stand, pose, obfuscate
11.ably, capably, competently
13.court, pay court to, pursue, chase, chase after, run after, seek the hand of, press one's suit with, set one's cap at, make love to
14.colossal, mammoth, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, monumental; boundless, immeasurable, limitless, infinite, cosmic; epic, prodigious, mountainous, monstrous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, Herculean, Brobdingnagian, substantial; informal:mega, monster, whopping, thumping
21.get a move on, put on a spurt, open it up, gain momentum, increase speed, pick up speed, gather speed; informal:step on the gas, step on it, get cracking, get moving;
23.weird, queer, offbeat, far out, freakish, grotesque, quirky, zany, eccentric, off-centre, idiosyncratic, unconventional, unorthodox, funny, bizarre, fantastic, unusual, extraordinary, strange, unfamiliar, unknown, unheard of, alien, foreign, peculiar, odd, curious
24.crowning point, height, top, acme, peak, pinnacle, apex, apogee, vertex, tip, crown, crest, summit, climax, culmination, maximum, optimum, prime, meridian, flower; informal:high noon
27.suitable, proper, fitting, apt; relevant, connected, pertinent, apposite, applicable, germane, material, significant, right, congruous, to the point, to the purpose, expedient, favourable, auspicious, propitious, opportune, felicitous, timely, well judged, well timed; seemly
28.basic, elementary, introductory, early, primary, initial, first; fundamental, essential
29.crawl, move on all fours, move on hands and knees, pull oneself, inch, edge, slither, slide, squirm, wriggle, writhe, worm, worm one's way, insinuate oneself
31.contentious, disputed, contended, at issue, moot, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, open to discussion/question, under discussion
32.renounce, give up, part with, give away; hand over, turn over, lay down, let go of, waive, resign, abdicate, yield, cede, surrender
33.erroneous, flawed, inaccurate, inexact, imprecise, mistaken, misinformed, misguided, misleading, deceptive, delusive, delusory, illusory, sophistic, specious, fictitious, spurious, fabricated, distorted, made up, trumped up
35.unreachable, out of reach, beyond reach; cut-off, isolated, remote, in the middle of nowhere, in the back of beyond, out of the way, off the map, lonely, godforsaken
36.unpremeditated, unrehearsed, impulsive, impetuous, unstudied, impromptu, spur-of-the-moment, extempore, extemporaneous
38.colorless, grey, greyish, dull, dull-colored, washed out, neutral, pale, muted, lacklustre, lustreless, muddy, watery; lightish brown, brownish, brownish-grey, mousy, dun-colored; dingy, dreary, dismal, cheerless, gloomy, sombre, depressing
40.exchequer, purse; bank, coffers; revenues, finances, funds, moneys, resources
41.touchable, palpable, tactile, material, physical, real, substantial, corporeal, solid, concrete; visible, noticeable
42.basic, rudimentary, elemental, elementary, underlying, basal, radical, root; primary, cardinal, initial, original, prime, first, primitive, primordial; principal, chief, capital, key, central; structural, organic, constitutional, inherent, intrinsic, ingrained; vital, essential, important, indispensable, necessary, crucial, pivotal, critical
44.prominently, either very obvious to the eye
46.take one's hat off to, salute, throw bouquets at, lionize, exalt, hail, toast, flatter, adulate, vaunt, extol, glorify, honor, hymn
48.fecund, productive, high-yielding, prolific, proliferating, propagative, generative; rich, lush; rarefructuous
49.occasional, infrequent, irregular, periodical, periodic, scattered, patchy, isolated, odd, uneven; intermittent, on and off, random, fitful, desultory, erratic, unpredictable
50.valuable, costly, dear; invaluable, priceless, beyond price, of incalculable value/worth; rare, choice, fine, exquisite, irreplaceable, inestimable
51.obtain, come by, come to have, get, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, come in for, take possession of, take receipt of, be given
53.startling, unanticipated, unforeseen, without warning; violent, headlong, breakneck, meteoric

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